foghorn
noun Date: 1848 1. a horn (as on a ship) sounded in a fog to give warning 2. a loud hoarse voice

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  • foghorn — fog horn n. A horn that emits a loud low pitched sound, used on ships navigating in a fog, to warn other ships of their presence. Syn: fog signal. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foghorn — Foghorn, eine in der deutschen Seemannssprache häufiger benutzte, das englische Wort wiedergebende Bezeichnung für Nebelhorn …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • foghorn — (n.) 1858, from FOG (Cf. fog) (n.1) + HORN (Cf. horn) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • foghorn — [n] warning signal alarm, danger signal, signal, siren; concepts 269,463 …   New thesaurus

  • foghorn — ► NOUN ▪ a device making a loud, deep sound as a warning to ships in fog …   English terms dictionary

  • foghorn — [fôg′hôrn΄] n. 1. a horn on a ship, lighthouse, buoy, etc. sounded as a warning during a fog 2. a loud, strident voice …   English World dictionary

  • Foghorn — For other meanings see Foghorn (disambiguation). A foghorn or fog signal or fog bell is a device that uses sound to warn vehicles of hazards or boats of the presence of other vehicles in foggy conditions. The term is most often used in relation… …   Wikipedia

  • foghorn — UK [ˈfɒɡˌhɔː(r)n] / US [ˈfɔɡˌhɔrn] noun [countable] Word forms foghorn : singular foghorn plural foghorns a piece of equipment that makes a loud deep sound as a warning to other ships when there is fog • a voice like a foghorn …   English dictionary

  • foghorn — fog|horn [ˈfɔgho:n US ˈfa:gho:rn, ˈfo:g ] n 1.) a loud horn on a ship, used in fog to warn other ships of its position 2.) a voice like a foghorn informal a very loud unpleasant voice …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • foghorn — fog|horn [ fɔg,hɔrn ] noun count a piece of equipment that makes a loud deep sound as a warning to other ships when there is FOG a voice like a foghorn INFORMAL a very loud voice …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • foghorn — [[t]fɒ̱ghɔː(r)n[/t]] foghorns also fog horn N COUNT A foghorn is a piece of equipment that makes a loud noise and is used to warn ships about the position of land and other ships in fog …   English dictionary

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