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  1. (noun) One of the hard, usually permanent structures projecting from the head of certain mammals, such as cattle, sheep, goats, or antelopes, consisting of a bony core covered with a sheath of keratinous material.
  2. (noun) A hard protuberance, such as an antler or projection on the head of a giraffe or rhinoceros, that is similar to or suggestive of a horn.
  3. (noun) The hard smooth keratinous material forming the outer covering of the horns of cattle or related animals.
  4. (noun) A natural or synthetic substance resembling this material.
  5. (noun) A container, such as a powder horn, made from a horn.
  6. (noun) Something having the shape of a horn, especially:
  7. (noun) A horn of plenty; a cornucopia.
  8. (noun) Either of the ends of a new moon.
  9. (noun) The point of an anvil.
  10. (noun) The pommel of a saddle.
  11. (noun) An ear trumpet.
  12. (noun) A device for projecting sound waves, as in a loudspeaker.
  13. (noun) A hollow, metallic electromagnetic transmission antenna with a circular or rectangular cross section.
  14. (noun) Music A wind instrument made of an animal horn.
  15. (noun) Music A brass wind instrument, such as a trombone or tuba.
  16. (noun) Music A French horn.
  17. (noun) Music A wind instrument, such as a trumpet or saxophone, used in a jazz band.
  18. (noun) A usually electrical signaling device that produces a loud resonant sound: an automobile horn.
  19. (noun) Any of various noisemakers operated by blowing or by squeezing a hollow rubber ball.
  20. (noun) Slang A telephone.
  21. (verb-intransitive) To join without being invited; intrude. Used with in.
  22. (idiom) blow Informal To brag or boast about oneself.
  23. (idiom) draw Informal To restrain oneself; draw back.
  24. (idiom) draw Informal To retreat from a previously taken position, view, or stance.
  25. (idiom) draw Informal To economize.
  26. (idiom) on the horns of a dilemma Faced with two equally undesirable alternatives.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. The photo-op on the pile of Dead at ground-zero was staged down to being told stand on that pile, who the fireman with the blow horn is and where he will be, and to take the blow horn from the fireman. - Think Progress » VIDEO: Rumsfeld Called Out On Lies About WMD
  2. ‘Unnecessary use of the horn is against the traffic regulations.’ - Blonde, Black and Blood Red
  3. This horn is a conk shell, bored at one end, and its sound is heard at a great distance. - Sketches and Tales Illustrative of Life in the Backwoods of New Brunswick, North America
  4. Let the little tin horn dictator rattle his sword all he wants, he knows he can't take us in a fight. - Gates: U.S. ready if North Korea sends missile toward Hawaii
  5. Obama don't play, we have a tin horn dictator ship thanks to the unions, ACORN and George Soros. - Congress questions Obama Afghan policy


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