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Horn vs Bat - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between horn and bat

is that horn is a hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals, usually paired while bat is any of the small, nocturnal, flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, which navigate by means of echolocation.

As verbs the difference between horn and bat

is that horn is to assault with the horns while bat is to hit with a bat.

As a proper noun Horn

is Cape Horn, at the southern tip of South America.

As an acronym BAT is

best available technology; a principle applying to regulations on limiting pollutant discharges.




  • (countable) A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals, usually paired.
  • Any similar real or imaginary growth or projection such as the elongated tusk of a narwhal, the eyestalk of a snail, the pointed growth on the nose of a rhinoceros, or the hornlike projection on the head of a demon or similar.
  • An antler.
  • (uncountable) The hard substance from which animals' horns are made, sometimes used by man as a material for making various objects.
  • an umbrella with a handle made of horn
  • An object whose shape resembles a horn, such as cornucopia, the point of an anvil, or a vessel for gunpowder or liquid.
  • * Thomson
  • The moon / Wears a wan circle round her blunted horns .
  • * Mason
  • horns of mead and ale
  • # The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg.
  • # (architecture) The Ionic volute.
  • # (nautical) The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc.
  • # (carpentry) A curved projection on the fore part of a plane.
  • # One of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering.
  • #* Bible, 1 Kings ii. 28
  • Joab caught hold on the horns of the altar
  • (countable) Any of several musical wind instruments.
  • (countable) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.
  • hunting horn
  • (countable) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
  • (countable) A conical device used to direct waves.
  • antenna horn
    loudspeaker horn
  • (informal, countable) Generally, any brass wind instrument.
  • (slang, countable, from the horn-shaped earpieces of old communication systems that used air tubes) A telephone.
  • (uncountable, coarse, slang, definite article) An erection of the penis.
  • (countable) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "to navigate around the horn ."
  • (countable) A diacritical mark that may be attached to the top right corner of the letters o' and '''u''' when writing in Vietnamese, thus forming '''?''' and ' ? .
  • (botany) An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (Asclepias ).
  • Usage notes

    * When used alone to refer to an instrument, horn can mean either "hunting horn" or "French horn", depending on context. Other instruments are identified by specific adjectives such as "English horn" or "basset horn".


    * (growth on the heads of certain animals) * (hard substance from which horns are made) keratin * (any of several musical wind instruments) * (instrument used to signal others) * hooter, klaxon * (conical device used to direct waves) funnel * * blower (UK''), dog and bone (''Cockney rhyming slang ), phone * boner (US ), hard-on, stiffy


    (en verb)
  • (of an animal) To assault with the s
  • (slang, obsolete) To cuckold
  • Derived terms

    * blowhorn * bullhorn * French horn * have the horn * horned * horn in * hornist * horn of plenty * hornless * hornworm * hornwort * horny * lock horns * pull in one's horns * shoehorn * take the bull by the horns * toot one's own horn ----



    (wikipedia bat)

    Etymology 1

    Dialectal variant (akin to the dialectal (etyl) term (m)) of (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) (compare (etyl) (m), (etyl) ).


    (en noun)
  • Any of the small, nocturnal, flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, which navigate by means of echolocation.
  • *
  • *:The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat' he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a '''bat''' he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a ' bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
  • *2012 , Suemedha Sood, (bbc.co.uk) Travelwise: Texas love bats] [sic
  • *:As well as being worth millions of dollars to the Texan agriculture industry, these mammals are worth millions of dollars to the state’s tourism industry. Texas is home to the world’s largest known bat' colony (in Comal County), and the world’s largest urban '''bat''' colony (in Austin). '''Bat''' watching is a common activity, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offering more ' bat -viewing sites than anywhere else in the US.
  • (lb) An old woman.
  • A whore who prowls in the dusk/evening like a bat.
  • Synonyms
    * (flying mammal)
    Derived terms
    * Batman * batlike * batshit * battish * batty * blind as a bat * fruit bat * have bats in the belfry * leaf-nosed bat * (little brown bat) * (brown bat) * like a bat out of hell * microbat * moonbat * vampire bat * vesper bat
    See also
    * * * (bat) * (Chiroptera)

    Etymology 2



    (en noun)
  • A club made of wood or aluminium used for striking the ball in sports such as baseball, softball and cricket.
  • A turn at hitting the ball with a bat in a game.
  • (two-up) The piece of wood on which the spinner places the coins and then uses for throwing them.Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language , second edition, 1966, chapter XI section 3, page 242
  • (mining) Shale or bituminous shale.
  • (Kirwan)
  • A sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting.
  • A part of a brick with one whole end.
  • Synonyms
    * (two-up) kip, stick, kylie, lannet
    Derived terms
    (derived terms) * baseball bat * batless * batman * bats * batsman * cricket bat


  • to hit with a bat.
  • to take a turn at hitting a ball with a bat in sports like cricket, baseball and softball, as opposed to fielding.
  • to strike or swipe as though with a bat
  • The cat batted at the toy.
    Derived terms
    * bat five hundred * bat in * bat out * bat up * (verb)
    * Myotis


    Etymology 3

    Possibly a variant of bate.


  • to flutter: bat one's eyelashes .
  • Usage notes
    Most commonly used in phrase bat an eye, and variants thereof.
    Derived terms
    * bat an eye, bat an eyelash, bat an eyelid

    Etymology 4

    From (etyl) . "batman." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 2009. Cognate to (m).


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) packsaddle
  • Derived terms
    * batman