- 1 [usually in singular] The line at which the earth’s surface and the sky appear to meet: the sun rose above the horizonMore example sentences
- In Athens they scarcely appear above the horizon, so the early Greek texts undermined their importance.
- But it wasn't to be all plain sailing, the weather turned and what appeared to be a hurricane appeared over the horizon to the west.
- Most of the time when you look at the sea you either look at the shore line or the horizon.
- 1.1 (also apparent or visible horizon) The circular boundary of the part of the earth’s surface visible from a particular point, ignoring irregularities and obstructions.More example sentences
- Clearly this verse refers to no more than the visible horizon that the dawn ‘grasps’ as the sun rises.
- It felt exactly the way it feels in the simulator: a hard-to-control aircraft and no visible horizon.
- His arms spread from his side and swept across the entire visible horizon.
- 1.2 (also celestial horizon) Astronomy A great circle of the celestial sphere, the plane of which passes through the center of the earth and is parallel to that of the apparent horizon of a place.More example sentences
- Jinx was startled to note that the horizon of the infinite plane wobbled unsteadily for a moment.
- Approximately one degree of sign passes over the horizon every 5 minutes.
- The interaction between the parts and the horizon brings the lunation cycle down to earth, projecting it, via the ascendant, into the sublunar sphere of the mundane houses.
- 2 (often horizons) The limit of a person’s mental perception, experience, or interest: she wanted to leave home and broaden her horizonsMore example sentences
outlook, perspective, perception; range of experience, range of interests, scope, prospect, ambit, compass, orbit
- For others, it's seen as a genuine adventure fuelled by the desire to broaden horizons and experience another culture.
- And learning the language of one's country is a very valuable and intellectual experience which broadens the horizons of the traveller, both inside and outside Scotland.
- Obtaining a certificate in forensic science will make them more suitable, attractive candidates, expand their horizons and broaden their knowledge.
- 3 Geology A layer of soil or rock, or a set of strata, with particular characteristics.More example sentences
- Throughflow occurs when there are significant changes in the density of different layers within the soil horizon.
- It stands to reason that, if long intervals of time had elapsed between the supposedly-episodic lava flows, weathered horizons, and fossil soils should be common.
- Palaeosol horizons are interbedded with these units, representing the pedogenic alteration of exposed floodplain sediments.
- 3.1 Archaeology A level of an excavated site representing a particular period.More example sentences
- It's an Archaic Stage site spanning the period 7500 BC through to AD 1200 in fourteen distinct cultural horizons represented by over 10.5m of stratigraphy.
- This horizon represents the latest use of the fabric of the Roman city of Corinth that is now recognizable.
- The attack on the mere probably refers to the crannog, and the destruction horizon may relate to this event.
on the horizon
- Just imminent or becoming apparent: trouble could be on the horizonMore example sentences
- Although the immediate signs are encouraging, there are dark clouds on the horizon.
- Jack is pleased with himself but there are a few clouds on the horizon.
- But they foresee clouds on the horizon with fears of new taxes and a growing national debt.
late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin horizon, from Greek horizōn (kuklos) 'limiting (circle)'.