What does horizon mean?

Definitions for horizonhəˈraɪ zən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word horizon.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. horizon, apparent horizon, visible horizon, sensible horizon, skyline(noun)

    the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet

  2. horizon, view, purview(noun)

    the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated

    "It is beyond the horizon of present knowledge"

  3. horizon(noun)

    a specific layer or stratum of soil or subsoil in a vertical cross section of land

  4. horizon, celestial horizon(noun)

    the great circle on the celestial sphere whose plane passes through the sensible horizon and the center of the Earth


  1. Horizon(n.)

    The limit of a person's range of perception, capabilities, or experience; as, children raised in the inner city have limited horizons.

  2. Origin: [F., fr. L. horizon, fr. Gr. (sc. ) the bounding line, horizon, fr. to bound, fr. boundary, limit.]


  1. horizon(Noun)

    The horizontal line that appears to separate the Earth from the sky.

  2. horizon(Noun)

    The range or limit of one's knowledge, experience or interest.

  3. horizon(Noun)

    A specific layer of soil or strata

  4. horizon(Noun)

    A cultural sub-period or level within a more encompassing time period.

  5. Origin: From ὁρίζων, from ὅρος

Webster Dictionary

  1. Horizon(noun)

    the circle which bounds that part of the earth's surface visible to a spectator from a given point; the apparent junction of the earth and sky

  2. Horizon(noun)

    a plane passing through the eye of the spectator and at right angles to the vertical at a given place; a plane tangent to the earth's surface at that place; called distinctively the sensible horizon

  3. Horizon(noun)

    a plane parallel to the sensible horizon of a place, and passing through the earth's center; -- called also rational / celestial horizon

  4. Horizon(noun)

    the unbroken line separating sky and water, as seen by an eye at a given elevation, no land being visible

  5. Horizon(noun)

    the epoch or time during which a deposit was made

  6. Horizon(noun)

    the chief horizontal line in a picture of any sort, which determines in the picture the height of the eye of the spectator; in an extended landscape, the representation of the natural horizon corresponds with this line

  7. Origin: [F., fr. L. horizon, fr. Gr. (sc. ) the bounding line, horizon, fr. to bound, fr. boundary, limit.]


  1. Horizon

    The horizon is the apparent line that separates earth from sky, the line that divides all visible directions into two categories: those that intersect the Earth's surface, and those that do not. At many locations, the true horizon is obscured by trees, buildings, mountains, etc., and the resulting intersection of earth and sky is called the visible horizon. When looking at a sea from a shore, the part of the sea closest to the horizon is called the offing. The word horizon derives from the Greek "ὁρίζων κύκλος" horizōn kyklos, "separating circle", from the verb ὁρίζω horizō, "to divide", "to separate", and that from "ὅρος", "boundary, landmark".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Horizon

    ho-rī′zun, n. the circular line formed by the apparent meeting of the earth and sky—in astronomical phrase, the sensible, apparent, or visible horizon, as opposed to the astronomical, true, or rational horizon, the circle formed by a plane passing through the centre of the earth, parallel to the sensible horizon, and produced to meet the heavens: (geol.) a stratum marked by the presence of a particular fossil not found in the overlying or underlying beds: any level line or surface: the limit of one's experience or apprehension.—adj. Horizon′tal, pertaining to the horizon: parallel to the horizon: level: near the horizon: measured in a plane of the horizon.—n. Horizontal′ity.—adv. Horizon′tally.—Artificial horizon, a small trough containing quicksilver, the surface of which affords a reflection of the celestial bodies. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. horizōn (kyklos), bounding (circle), horizein, to bound—horos, a limit.]

Suggested Resources

  1. horizon

    Song lyrics by horizon -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by horizon on the Lyrics.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'horizon' in Nouns Frequency: #1999


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of horizon in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of horizon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Wolfgang Schroder:

    There's nothing else on the horizon.

  2. Olga Dergunova:

    Over a three-year horizon... the likelihood of a deal is small.

  3. E. R. Hazlip:

    Friendship is a horizon-- which expands whenever we approach it.

  4. Wilson Rosa:

    Considering our investment horizon, the scenario is very attractive.

  5. Warren Bennis:

    Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.

Images & Illustrations of horizon

  1. horizonhorizonhorizon

Translations for horizon

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for horizon »


Find a translation for the horizon definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these horizon definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"horizon." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 26 Apr. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/horizon>.

Are we missing a good definition for horizon? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for horizon:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.