1 : the line where the earth or sea seems to meet the sky We sailed toward the horizon. The sun rose slowly over/above the eastern horizon.


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2 : the limit or range of a person"s knowledge, understanding, or experience Reading broadens/expands our horizons.
3 : the limit of what is possible in a particular field or activity These discoveries have opened up new horizons in the field of cancer research.
1a : the line where the earth seems to meet the sky : the apparent junction of earth and sky sailing toward the horizon
b : the great circle on the celestial sphere formed by the intersection of the celestial sphere with a plane tangent to the earth"s surface at an observer"s position — see azimuth illustration
2a geology : a natural soil layer deposited at a particular time usually identified by distinctive fossils
b geology : any of the reasonably distinct layers of soil or its underlying material in a vertical section of land
c anthropology : a cultural area or level of development indicated by separated groups of artifacts
horizonal \ hə-​ˈrī-​zᵊn-​əl
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We sailed toward the horizon. The sun rose slowly over the eastern horizon. These discoveries have opened up new horizons in the field of cancer research.
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Recent Examples on the Web Thankfully, even with 2022 on the horizon, many technology companies likely had time over the last 18 months to work around some of these challenges. — Mike Gould, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 And officials say there are other concerns on the horizon. — Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 The state of Louisiana has a $50 billion restoration and adaptation plan underway with major projects, which include restoring coastal wetlands and elevating homes, on the horizon. — Mitch Landrieu, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 But with advances in technology and other innovations on the horizon, that all may change in the next few years. — Beth Shapouri, Allure, 31 Aug. 2021 And pandemics can complicate our response to climate change and other environmental crises, by dominating resources and taking our attention away from the next catastrophe hovering on the horizon. — Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 31 Aug. 2021 And keep in mind Ronald Matarrita has officially departed FC Cincinnati once again for Costa Rica national team duty with Concacaf FIFA World Cup qualifiers on the horizon. — Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 31 Aug. 2021 Kendall has just delivered his blow, Logan is still in charge of Waystar Royco, and there’s a shareholder revolt on the horizon. — Hunter Harris, Vulture, 30 Aug. 2021 Even more difficult to see on the horizon is the broader goal that the war came to embrace, to establish a stable democracy in Afghanistan, especially one that would respect the rights of women and girls. — Susan Page, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021

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History and Etymology for horizon

Middle English orizon, from Late Latin horizont-, horizon, from Greek horizont-, horizōn, from present participle of horizein to bound, define, from horos boundary; perhaps akin to Latin urvum curved part of a plow