horn

A horn is an instrument that's made of metal and is played by blowing into it. Another type of horn comes out of an animal's head. Don't confuse the two and imagine a trombone sticking out of a water buffalo's head.

A trumpet is one kind of horn, and another is a silly plastic noisemaker that produces a loud, honking sound. You might blow this horn at a New Year's party or a football game. Your car has a horn too, that you use to warn other drivers of your presence or express your annoyance. The horns that animals have are hard, bony bumps or projections on their heads — you'll see them on goats and bulls, for example.

Primary Meanings of horn

1.
n
a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
2.
nv
one of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain ungulates
stab or pierce with a horn or tusk
3.
n
a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather)
Full Definitions of horn
1

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

Synonyms:
cornet, trump, trumpet
Types:
serpent
an obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake
Type 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

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

Synonyms:
French horn
Type 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

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

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

n an alarm device that makes a loud warning sound

Types:
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air horn
a pneumatic horn
foghorn
a warning device consisting of a horn that generates a loud low tone
claxon, klaxon
a kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
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
diaphone
a foghorn that makes a signal consisting of two tones
Type of:
alarm, alarm system, warning device
a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event

n a device on an automobile for making a warning noise

Synonyms:
automobile horn, car horn, hooter, motor horn
Type of:
alarm, alarm system, warning device
a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event

n a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning;

Type of:
alarm, alarum, alert, warning signal
an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
2

n one of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain ungulates

Types:
antler
deciduous horn of a member of the deer family
Type of:
appendage, outgrowth, process
a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant

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

Type of:
appendage, outgrowth, process
a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant

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

Types:
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
Type of:
animal material
material derived from animals

n a device having the shape of a horn

horns at the ends of a new moon”
“the horn of an anvil”
“the cleat had two horns
Type of:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

v stab or pierce with a horn or tusk

“the rhino horned the explorer”
Synonyms:
tusk
Type of:
pierce, thrust
penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
3

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

Synonyms:
saddle horn
Type of:
pommel, saddlebow
handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle

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