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a headland on a small island at the S extremity of South America: belongs to Chile.
Cape. Cape Horn.
a rocky headland on an island at the extreme S tip of South America, belonging to Chile. It is notorious for gales and heavy seas; until the building of the Panama Canal it lay on the only sea route between the Atlantic and the Pacific Also called the Horn
either of a pair of permanent outgrowths on the heads of cattle, antelopes, sheep, etc, consisting of a central bony core covered with layers of keratin related adjectives corneous keratoid
the outgrowth from the nasal bone of a rhinoceros, consisting of a mass of fused hairs
any hornlike projection or process, such as the eyestalk of a snail
the antler of a deer

the constituent substance, mainly keratin, of horns, hooves, etc
(in combination): horn-rimmed spectacles

a container or device made from this substance or an artificial substitute: a shoe horn, a drinking horn
an object or part resembling a horn in shape, such as the points at either end of a crescent, the point of an anvil, the pommel of a saddle, or a cornucopia
a primitive musical wind instrument made from the horn of an animal
any musical instrument consisting of a pipe or tube of brass fitted with a mouthpiece, with or without valves See hunting horn, French horn, cor anglais
(jazz, slang) any wind instrument

a device for producing a warning or signalling noise
(in combination): a foghorn

(usually pl) the hornlike projection attributed to certain devils, deities, etc
(usually pl) the imaginary hornlike parts formerly supposed to appear on the forehead of a cuckold
Also called horn balance. an extension of an aircraft control surface that projects in front of the hinge providing aerodynamic assistance in moving the control

Also called acoustic horn, exponential horn. a hollow conical device coupled to the diaphragm of a gramophone to control the direction and quality of the sound
any such device used to spread or focus sound, such as the device attached to an electrical loudspeaker in a public address system
Also called horn antenna. a microwave aerial, formed by flaring out the end of a waveguide

(geology) another name for pyramidal peak
a stretch of land or water shaped like a horn
(Brit, slang) an erection of the penis
(Bible) a symbol of power, victory, or success: in my name shall his horn be exalted
(US & Canadian) blow one’s horn, to boast about oneself; brag Brit equivalent blow one’s own trumpet
draw in one’s horns, pull in one’s horns

to suppress or control one’s feelings, esp of anger, enthusiasm, or passion
to withdraw a previous statement
to economize

on the horns of a dilemma

in a situation involving a choice between two equally unpalatable alternatives
in an awkward situation

verb (transitive)
to provide with a horn or horns
to gore or butt with a horn
Cape, See Cape Horn


Any wind instrument (1940s+ Jazz musicians)
The trumpet (1900+ Jazz musicians)
A penile erection; hard-on: I could have beat up five guys with the horn I had on (1785+)
The telephone: I get straight on the horn to Eckert (1940s+)

In addition to the idioms beginning with horn
horn in on


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