Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Hornpike noun The garfish. [ Prov. Eng.]
Hornpipe noun (Mus.) (a) An instrument of music formerly popular in Wales, consisting of a wooden pipe, with holes at intervals. It was so called because the bell at the open end was sometimes made of horn. (b) A lively tune played on a hornpipe, for dancing; a tune adapted for such playing.
Many a hornpipe he tuned to his Phyllis. Sir W. Raleigh. (c)
A dance performed, usually by one person, to such a tune, and popular among sailors.
Hornpout noun (Zoology) See Horned pout , under Horned .
Hornsnake noun (Zoology) A harmless snake ( Farancia abacura ), found in the Southern United States. The color is bluish black above, red below.
Hornstone noun (Min.) A siliceous stone, a variety of quartz, closely resembling flint, but more brittle; -- called also chert .
Horntail noun (Zoology) Any one of family ( Uroceridæ ) of large hymenopterous insects, allied to the sawflies. The larvæ bore in the wood of trees. So called from the long, stout ovipositors of the females.
Hornwork noun (Fort.) An outwork composed of two demibastions joined by a curtain. It is connected with the works in rear by long wings.
Hornwort noun (Botany) An aquatic plant ( Ceratophyllum ), with finely divided leaves.
Hornwrack noun (Zoology) A bryozoan of the genus Flustra .
[ Compar. Hornier
; superl. Horniest
.] 1. Having horns or hornlike projections. Gay. 2. Composed or made of horn, or of a substance resembling horn; of the nature of horn.
. . . coat of the eye." Ray. 3. Hard; callous.
Horny-handed adjective Having the hands horny and callous from labor.
Hornyhead noun (Zoology) Any North American river chub of the genus Hybopsis , esp. H. biguttatus .
Horography noun [ Greek ... hour + -graphy : confer French horographie .]
1. An account of the hours. Chaucer. 2. The art of constructing instruments for making the hours, as clocks, watches, and dials.
[ Middle English horologe
, timepiece, Old French horloge
, French horloge
, Latin horologium
, from Greek ...; ... hour + ... to say, tell. See Hour
, and Logic
.] 1. A servant who called out the hours.
[ Obsolete] 2. An instrument indicating the time of day; a timepiece of any kind; a watch, clock, or dial. Shak.
Horologer noun A maker or vender of clocks and watches; one skilled in horology.
Horological adjective [ Latin horologicus , Greek ....] Relating to a horologe, or to horology.
[ See Horologiography
.] A maker of clocks, watches, or dials.
Horologiographic adjective Of or pertaining to horologiography. Chambers.
Horologiography noun [ Greek ... horologe + -graphy .]
1. An account of instruments that show the hour. 2. The art of constructing clocks or dials; horography.
Horologist noun One versed in horology.
[ See Horologe
.] The science of measuring time, or the principles and art of constructing instruments for measuring and indicating portions of time, as clocks, watches, dials, etc.
Horometer noun [ Greek ... hour + -meter .] An instrument for measuring time.
Horometrical adjective Belonging to horometry.
[ Confer French horométrie
. See Horometer
.] The art, practice, or method of measuring time by hours and subordinate divisions.
of antiquity." Sir T. Browne.
[ Greek ... boundary + ... one who looks.] (Opt.) The line or surface in which are situated all the points which are seen single while the point of sight, or the adjustment of the eyes, remains unchanged.
The sum of all the points which are seen single, while the point of sight remains unchanged, is called the horopter . J. Le Conte.
Horopteric adjective (Opt.) Of or pertaining to the horopter.
[ French horoscope
, Latin horoscopus
, from Greek ..., adj., observing hours or times, esp. observing the hour of birth, noun
, a horoscope; ... hour + ... to view, observe. See Hour
, and -scope
.] 1. (Astrol.) (a) The representation made of the aspect of the heavens at the moment of a person's birth, by which the astrologer professed to foretell the events of the person's life; especially, the sign of the zodiac rising above the horizon at such a moment. (b) The diagram or scheme of twelve houses or signs of the zodiac, into which the whole circuit of the heavens was divided for the purposes of such prediction of fortune. 2. The planisphere invented by Jean Paduanus. 3. A table showing the length of the days and nights at all places. Heyse.
Horoscoper, Horoscopist noun One versed in horoscopy; an astrologer.
1. The art or practice of casting horoscopes, or observing the disposition of the stars, with a view to prediction events. 2. Aspect of the stars at the time of a person's birth.
Horrendous adjective [ Latin horrendus .] Fearful; frightful. [ Obsolete] I. Watts.
[ Latin horrens
, present participle of horrere
to bristle. See Horror
.] Standing erect, as bristles; covered with bristling points; bristled; bristling.
Rough and horrent with figures in strong relief. De Quincey.
With bright emblazonry and horrent arms. Milton.
[ Middle English horrible
, Old French horrible
, French horrible
, from Latin horribilis
, from horrere
. See Horror
.] Exciting, or tending to excite, horror or fear; dreadful; terrible; shocking; hideous; as, a horrible sight; a horrible story; a horrible murder.
A dungeon horrible on all sides round. Milton. Syn.
-- Dreadful; frightful; fearful; terrible; awful; terrific; shocking; hideous; horrid.
Horribleness noun The state or quality of being horrible; dreadfulness; hideousness.
The horribleness of the mischief. Sir P. Sidney.
Horribly adverb In a manner to excite horror; dreadfully; terribly.
[ Latin horridus
. See Horror
, and confer Ordure
.] 1. Rough; rugged; bristling.
Horrid with fern, and intricate with thorn. Dryden. 2. Fitted to excite horror; dreadful; hideous; shocking; hence, very offensive.
Not in the legions Shak.
Of horrid hell.
The horrid things they say. Pope. Syn.
-- Frightful; hideous; alarming; shocking; dreadful; awful; terrific; horrible; abominable.
Horridly adverb In a horrid manner. Shak.
Horridness noun The quality of being horrid.
[ Latin horrifieus
to be horrible + -ficare
(in comp.) to make: confer French horrifique
. See Horror
, - fy
.] Causing horror; frightful.
Let . . . nothing ghastly or horrific be supposed. I. Taylor.
Horrification noun That which causes horror. [ R.] Miss Edgeworth.
Horrify transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Horrified
; present participle & verbal noun Horrifying
.] [ Latin horrificare
. See Horrific
.] To cause to feel horror; to strike or impress with horror; as, the sight horrified the beholders. E. Irving.
Horripilation noun [ Latin horripilatio , from horripilare to bristle; horrere to bristle + pilus the hair: confer French horripilation .] (Medicine) A real or fancied bristling of the hair of the head or body, resulting from disease, terror, chilliness, etc.
Horrisonant adjective Horrisonous. [ Obsolete]
Horrisonous adjective [ Latin horrisonus ; horrere to be horrible + sonus a sound.] Sounding dreadfully; uttering a terrible sound. [ Obsolete] Bailey.
[ Formerly written horrour
.] [ Latin horror
, from horrere
to bristle, to shiver, to tremble with cold or dread, to be dreadful or terrible; confer Sanskrit h...sh
to bristle.] 1. A bristling up; a rising into roughness; tumultuous movement.
Such fresh horror as you see driven through the wrinkled waves. Chapman. 2. A shaking, shivering, or shuddering, as in the cold fit which precedes a fever; in old medical writings, a chill of less severity than a rigor , and more marked than an algor . 3. A painful emotion of fear, dread, and abhorrence; a shuddering with terror and detestation; the feeling inspired by something frightful and shocking.
How could this, in the sight of heaven, without horrors of conscience be uttered? Milton. 4. That which excites horror or dread, or is horrible; gloom; dreariness.
Breathes a browner horror on the woods. Pope. The horrors
, delirium tremens.
Horror-sticken adjective Struck with horror; horrified.
Blank and horror-stricken faces. C. Kingsley.
Horror-struck adjective Horror- stricken; horrified. M. Arnold.
; plural Hors d'œuveres
. [ French, lit., outside of work.] 1. Something unusual or extraordinary.
[ R.] 2. A dish served as a relish, usually at the beginning of a meal.
Hors de combat [ French] Out of the combat; disabled from fighting.