Webster 1913 Edition
A hard, projecting, and usually pointed organ, growing upon the heads of certain animals, esp. of the ruminants, as cattle, goats, and the like. The hollow horns of the Ox family consist externally of true horn, and are never shed.
The antler of a deer, which is of bone throughout, and annually shed and renewed.
Any natural projection or excrescence from an animal, resembling or thought to resemble a horn in substance or form;
A projection from the beak of a bird, as in the hornbill.
A tuft of feathers on the head of a bird, as in the horned owl.
A hornlike projection from the head or thorax of an insect, or the head of a reptile, or fish.
A sharp spine in front of the fins of a fish, as in the horned pout.
An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (
Something made of a horn, or in resemblance of a horn; as:
A wind instrument of music; originally, one made of a horn (of an ox or a ram); now applied to various elaborately wrought instruments of brass or other metal, resembling a horn in shape.“Wind his horn under the castle wall.”
French horn, under
A drinking cup, or beaker, as having been originally made of the horns of cattle.“Horns of mead and ale.”
The cornucopia, or horn of plenty.See
Cornucopia. “Fruits and flowers from Amalthæa’s horn.”
A vessel made of a horn; esp., one designed for containing powder; anciently, a small vessel for carrying liquids.“Samuel took the hornof oil and anointed him [David].”
1 Sam. xvi. 13.
The pointed beak of an anvil.
The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg.
The Ionic volute.
The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc.
A curved projection on the fore part of a plane.
One of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering.“Joab . . . caught hold on the horns of the altar.”
1 Kings ii. 28.
One of the curved ends of a crescent; esp., an extremity or cusp of the moon when crescent-shaped.
Wears a wan circle round her blunted
Wears a wan circle round her blunted
The curving extremity of the wing of an army or of a squadron drawn up in a crescentlike form.
Sharpening in mooned
The tough, fibrous material of which true horns are composed, being, in the Ox family, chiefly albuminous, with some phosphate of lime; also, any similar substance, as that which forms the hoof crust of horses, sheep, and cattle;
as, a spoon of.
A symbol of strength, power, glory, exaltation, or pride.
The Lord is . . . the
hornof my salvation.
Ps. xviii. 2.
An emblem of a cuckold; – used chiefly in the plural.“Thicker than a cuckold's horn.”
the frame or pedestal in which a railway car axle box slides up and down; – also called–
Horn of a dilemma.
a disease of cattle, affecting the internal substance of the horn.–
a wheel with long curved scoops, for raising water.–
chloride of lead.–
a maker of cuckolds.
a plant allied to the poppy (
Glaucium luteum), found on the sandy shores of Great Britain and Virginia; – called also
abortive smallpox with an eruption like that of chicken pox.–
native calomel, or bichloride of mercury.–
any long, sharp, spiral, gastropod shell, of the genus–
Cerithium, and allied genera.
a gray, siliceous stone.–
To pull in one's horns,
To haul in one's horns
to withdraw some arrogant pretension; to cease a demand or withdraw an assertion.
To raise the horn, or
To lift the horn
to exalt one's self; to act arrogantly.“'Gainst them that raised thee dost thou lift thy horn?”
To take a horn,
to take a drink of intoxicating liquor.
To furnish with horns; to give the shape of a horn to.
To cause to wear horns; to cuckold.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A hard substance growing on the heads of certain animals, and particularly on cloven-footed quadrupeds; usually projecting to some length and terminating in a point. Horns are generally bent or curving, and those of some animals are spiral. They serve for weapons of offense and defense. The substance of horns is gelatinous, and in Papin's digester it may be converted into jelly.
Horn is an animal substance, chiefly membranous, consisting of coagulated albumen, with a little gelatin and phosphate of lime.
The horns of deer possess exactly the properties of bone,and are composed of the same constituents, only the proportion of cartilage is greater.
2.A wind instrument of music, made of horn; a trumpet. Such were used by the Israelites.
3.In modern times, a wind instrument made of metal.
4.An extremity of the moon, when it is waxing or waning, and forming a crescent.
5.The feeler or antenna of an insect.
6.The feeler of a snail, which may be withdrawn; hence, to pull or draw in the horns, is to repress one's ardor, or to restrain pride.
7.A drinking cup; horns being used anciently for cups.
8.A winding stream.
9.Horns, in the plural, is used to characterize a cuckold. He wears the horns.
10. In Scripture, horn is a symbol of strength or power.
The horn of Moab is cut off. Jer.48.
Horn is also an emblem of glory, honor, dignity.
My horn is exalted in the Lord. 1 Sam.2.
In Daniel, horn represents a kingdom or state.