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  • "Horn" sign. Neapolitan
    "Horn" sign. Neapolitan
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Horning Appearance of the moon when increasing, or in the form of a crescent.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dad's Pants Stayed on the Bull's Horns 349 Dad's Pants Stayed on the Bull's Horns 349
The Princess Finds Horns on her Head The Princess Finds Horns on her Head
GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by...
Woman with horn Woman with horn
Boy Blue & Horn Boy Blue & Horn
Skulls of Horned Dinosaurs Skulls of Horned Dinosaurs
M. Aubourg fils plays his horn M. Aubourg fils plays his horn

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The difference between horns and antlers is that horns never stop growing and antlers shed and grow every year
    • n horning The appearance of the crescent moon.
    • n horning A mock serenade with tin horns and other discordant instruments, performed either in humorous congratulation, as of a newly married couple, or as a manifestation of public disapproval, as of some obnoxious person.
    • n horning Public proclamation by the blowing of a horn; specifically, same as letters of horning.
    • n horning See horn, n., 4 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most American car horns honk in the key of F
    • Horning appearance of the moon when in its crescent form:
    • Horning (U.S.) a mock serenade with tin horns and any discordant instruments by way of showing public disapproval
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  • H. L. Mencken
    “Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want to.”
  • Gerard De Nerval
    Gerard De Nerval
    “Our dreams are a second life. I have never been able to penetrate without a shudder those ivory or horned gates which separate us from the invisible world.”
  • Henry Morgan
    Henry Morgan
    “A careful driver is one who honks his horn when he goes through a red light.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “'Tis the white stag, Fame, we're a-hunting, bid the world's hounds come to horn!”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “They take unbelievable pleasure in the hideous blast of the hunting horn and baying of the hounds. Dogs dung smells sweet as cinnamon to them.”


Blow your own horn - If you blow your own horn, you boast about your achievements and abilities. ('Blow your own trumpet' is an alternative form.)
Grab the bull by its horns - If you grab (take) the bull by its horns, you deal head-on and directly with a problem.
Horns of a dilemma - If you are on the horns of a dilemma, you are faced with two equally unpleasant options and have to choose one.
Lock horns - When people lock horns, they argue or fight about something.
Mess with a bull, you get the horns - If you do something stupid or dangerous, you can get hurt.
Take the bull by its horns - Taking a bull by its horns would be the most direct but also the most dangerous way to try to compete with such an animal. When we use the phrase in everyday talk, we mean that the person we are talking about tackles their problems directly and is not worried about any risks involved.
Toot you own horn - If someone toot their own horn, they like to boast about their achievements.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. horn; Scand. and Ger. horn, Gael. and W. corn, L. cornu, Gr. keras.


In literature:

What, John, you have heard that the aphids give out honey dew from two little horns near the tip of the abdomen?
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
He had never once lost his hold which snubbed Blue to the horn, a pretty bit of wrangling.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
Dere was horns a blowin', drums a beatin', and people a shoutin': 'Hurrah for Hampton!
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
She was coming on, straight on, her horn emitting one long, sustained shriek of menace.
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
Beans planted when the horns of the moon are up will readily pole, but if planted when the horns are down will not.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Wimble Horn's been to Chicago again, evidently.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
Carl clutched at the horn of his saddle to keep from falling, he was so frightened.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
Then Llevelys caused a long horn to be made of brass, and through this horn they discoursed.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 3 (of 3)"
Rymenhild his daughter, falling in love with Horn, offered herself to him.
"Ballads of Romance and Chivalry" by Frank Sidgwick
Its name is the Golden Horn, and over its water priceless treasures have from time immemorial been transported in ships.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The Horn House is so called because tradition connects this village with some of the people of the Horn phratry of the Hopituh or Tusayan.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
When we gets back to the plantation he sounds the horn calling the slaves.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
The deer's horns are composed of a solid bony substance, which differs from true horn.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Crippled my hoss, I don't know how, Ropin' at the horns of a 2-U cow.
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
Lemon gave a cheerful sound with his horn.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
Every Spike Horn in the neighborhood had lost his horns!
"The Tale of Nimble Deer" by Arthur Scott Bailey
My first view of a Cape Horn mine camp was obtained on the east coast of Tierra del Fuego.
"The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn" by John R. Spears
One of these, a female roan with horns 2 ft. 7 in.
"Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O." by J.G. Millais
The horned cap of the human-headed bull was, as yet, unornamented, and the wings merely outlined.
"Discoveries among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon" by Austen H. Layard
A quick turn of the wrist, and Bronco had the end of his rope twisted firmly about the high horn of his saddle.
"The Long Dim Trail" by Forrestine C. Hooker

In poetry:

Straucht ower the water slade frae the mune
A glimmer o' cauld weet licht;
Ane o' her horns rase the water abune,
And lampit across the nicht.
"The Mermaid" by George MacDonald
"I saw twa een that werena like een,
They were red as a lowin' peat;
A pair o' horns that were three feet lang,
An' feet that werena like feet.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson
And first the snowdrop's bells are seen,
Then close against the sheltering wall
The tulip's horn of dusky green,
The peony's dark unfolding ball.
"Spring Has Come" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
You kissed his mouth with mouths of flame:
you made the horned god your own:
You stood behind him on his throne: you called
him by his secret name.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
But when the battle-horn is blown
Till the Schreckhorn's peaks reply,
When the Jungfrau's cliffs send back the tone
Through their eagles' lonely sky;
"The Cavern Of The Three Tells" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Through the huge oaks of Evandale,
Whose limbs a thousand years have worn,
What sullen roar comes down the gale,
And drowns the hunter's pealing horn?
"Cadyow Castle" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

While grooming Uther, the buck, we noticed that his horn needed to be trimmed again.
He was born June 16, 1958, in Jamestown, the son of Bruce and Ruth Van Horn Boardman .
Horn Lake man on road to recovery after contracting botulism .
Horne hit hard in return.
Jorge Mester, conductor Michael Colvin, tenor Jon Gustely, horn.
Van Horn pins hopes on restoration of historic Hotel El Capitan .
The University of Utah's Utah Ballet presents "Swan Lake," with Forest Andres-Beck as Rothbart, with Larissa Kogut as Odette/Odile, and Lucas Horns as Siegfried.
Lena Horne dies at 92.
Horn Seed closing shop after nine decades in business.
Andrew Horning, that's who.
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – Chuck Horning, owner of Telluride Ski and Golf, sits at the head of a long conference table in his office overlooking the Mountain Village Plaza and the lush, green slopes of the Telluride Ski Resort.
"This is an exciting and challenging time," he ruminates, as daughter Summerly Horning looks on.
Stanford's Marecic wins Paul Horning Award.
Stanford's linebacker and fullback Owen Marecic wins the Paul Horning Award for being the most versatile player in college football.
Running a rhinoceros horn smuggling operation is a lucrative affair.

In science:

They are defined as P-propertopic sets with certain lifting properties with respect to γ -horns and γ -boundaries.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
It follows that F must send a filling of a horn/boundary to a filling of the corresponding horn/boundary in the image of F .
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
The object X is a weak-0 P-algebra if and only if its 1-dimensional horns and N dimensional boundaries (for N ≥ 2) have unique fil lings. (2) The object X is a weak-ω P-algebra if and only if it is fibrant.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
There is a unique filling x′ ∈ X ′ (γ ) of this γ -horn in X ′ .
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
Since this equality holds for 1 ≤ i ≤ n, we conclude that F (γ )(x) ∈ X ′ (γ ) is also a filling of the 1-dimensional γ -horn (5.2.19) .
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
The uniqueness of the filling x′ ∈ X ′ (γ ) of this γ -horn then gives the equality (5.2.21) .
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
Indeed, a close inspection of its proof reveals that much of it depends only on the existence of unique fillings of 1-dimensional horns and N -dimensional boundaries for N ≥ 2.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
Weak-n P-algebras for n ≥ 1 also have unique fillings of (n + 1)dimensional horns and N -dimensional boundaries for N ≥ n + 2.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
Since X is a weak-n P-algebra, k-dimensional horns have fillings for 1 ≤ k ≤ n.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
Since X is a weak-n P-algebra with n < ∞, every (n + 1)-dimensional horn has a unique filling.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
Recall from Definition 5.1.1 that a weak-n P-algebra is a P-propertopic set in which certain horns and boundaries have (unique) fillings.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
X ) ∈ SetP(P) can also be regarded as a k-dimensional Φ(γ )-horn in X, and vice versa.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
The same remark applies to boundaries instead of horns.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
Then it follows from the existence of (unique) fillings of horns and boundaries in X that ϕ∗ (X ) is a weak-n P-algebra.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
Recall from Corollary 4.5.4 that a P-propertopic set Y is fibrant if and only if every horn in Y has a filling.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs