What does horizon mean?

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həˈraɪ zənhori·zon

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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

GCIDE

  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.

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

Wiktionary

  1. horizon(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From ὁρίζων, from ὅρος

  2. horizon(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From ὁρίζων, from ὅρος

  3. horizon(Noun)

    A specific layer of soil or strata

    Etymology: From ὁρίζων, from ὅρος

  4. horizon(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  4. Horizon(noun)

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

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

  5. Horizon(noun)

    the epoch or time during which a deposit was made

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

  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

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

Freebase

  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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. horizon

    The apparent or visible circle which bounds our vision at sea; it is that line which is described by the sky and water appearing to meet. This is designated as the sensible horizon; the rational, or true one, being a great circle of the heavens, parallel to the sensible horizon, but passing through the centre of the earth.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. horizon

    (Gr. orizo, I bound or terminate). In astronomy and geography, is the plane of the great circle of the sphere, dividing the visible from the invisible hemisphere. The horizon is either sensible or rational. The sensible horizon is a plane which is a tangent to the earth’s surface at the place of the spectator, extended on all sides till it is bounded by the sky; the rational horizon is a plane parallel to the former, but passing through the centre of the earth. Both the sensible and rational horizon are relative terms, and change with every change of the spectator’s position on the surface of the earth; in all cases they are perpendicular to the direction of gravity.

Editors Contribution

  1. Horizon

    The line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet.

    The horizon is a beautiful sight when looking out to sea.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of horizon in a Sentence

  1. Prince Abdulaziz:

    As a responsible and reliable producer with a long-term horizon, the kingdom is committed to continue to invest in its oil and gas sector, despite the drop in the oil price.

  2. Geoff Morrell:

    The data we have seen thus far, including the new study from NOAA, do not show that oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident caused an increase in dolphin mortality.

  3. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos:

    Our word is a contract. We have done what we promised and hence the IMF and Germany must provide a solution that is feasible, a solution for the debt that will open a clear horizon for investors.

  4. James Angel:

    There are definitely some dark clouds on the horizon, and there are questions about the real prospects of some of these companies, if you're not a steady customer and all of a sudden you get a call from your broker saying he can get you some of an IPO - Run!.

  5. Diane Hoskins:

    Gutting the far too few offshore drilling safeguards that were established in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster is reckless and wrong.

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