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HORN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does horn mean? 

HORN (noun)
  The noun HORN has 10 senses:

1. a noisemaker (as at parties or games) that makes a loud noise when you blow through it
2. one of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain ungulates
3. a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning
4. a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather)
5. a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
6. any hard protuberance from the head of an organism that is similar to or suggestive of a horn
7. the material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails
8. an alarm device that makes a loud warning sound
9. a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves
10. a device on an automobile for making a warning noise

  Familiarity information: HORN used as a noun is familiar.


HORN (verb)
  The verb HORN has 1 sense:

1. stab or pierce with a horn or tusk

  Familiarity information: HORN used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HORN (noun)


Sense 1horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A noisemaker (as at parties or games) that makes a loud noise when you blow through it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("horn" is a kind of...):

noisemaker (a device (such as a clapper or bell or horn) used to make a loud noise at a celebration)

Domain category:

game (a contest with rules to determine a winner)


Sense 2horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain ungulates

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("horn" is a kind of...):

appendage; outgrowth; process (a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant)

Meronyms (substance of "horn"):

bone; os (rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "horn"):

antler (deciduous horn of a member of the deer family)

Holonyms ("horn" is a part of...):

bull (uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle)

ram; tup (uncastrated adult male sheep)

caprine animal; goat (any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns)


Sense 3horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("horn" is a kind of...):

alarm; alarum; alert; warning signal (an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger)


Sense 4horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

saddle horn; horn

Hypernyms ("horn" is a kind of...):

pommel; saddlebow (handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle)

Holonyms ("horn" is a part of...):

stock saddle; Western saddle (an ornamented saddle used by cowboys; has a high horn to hold the lariat)


Sense 5horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

trumpet; cornet; trump; horn

Hypernyms ("horn" is a kind of...):

brass; brass instrument (a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "horn"):

serpent (an obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake)


Sense 6horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any hard protuberance from the head of an organism that is similar to or suggestive of a horn

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("horn" is a kind of...):

appendage; outgrowth; process (a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant)


Sense 7horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("horn" is a kind of...):

animal material (material derived from animals)

Meronyms (substance of "horn"):

ceratin; keratin (a fibrous scleroprotein that occurs in the outer layer of the skin and in horny tissues such as hair feathers nails and hooves)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "horn"):

baleen; whalebone (a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets)

tortoiseshell (the mottled horny substance of the shell of some turtles)


Sense 8horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An alarm device that makes a loud warning sound

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("horn" is a kind of...):

alarm; alarm system; warning device (a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "horn"):

shofar; shophar (an ancient musical horn made from the horn of a ram; used in ancient times by the Israelites to sound a warning or a summons; used in synagogues today on solemn occasions)

claxon; klaxon (a kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles)

foghorn (a warning device consisting of a horn that generates a loud low tone)

air horn (a pneumatic horn)


Sense 9horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

French horn; horn

Hypernyms ("horn" is a kind of...):

brass; brass instrument (a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece)


Sense 10horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A device on an automobile for making a warning noise

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

automobile horn; car horn; motor horn; hooter; horn

Hypernyms ("horn" is a kind of...):

alarm; alarm system; warning device (a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event)

Meronyms (parts of "horn"):

horn button (a button that you press to activate the horn of an automobile)

Holonyms ("horn" is a part of...):

auto; automobile; car; machine; motorcar (a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine)


HORN (verb)


Sense 1horn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stab or pierce with a horn or tusk

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

horn; tusk

Context example:

the rhino horned the explorer

Hypernyms (to "horn" is one way to...):

pierce; thrust (penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


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