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Meaning of home by Wiktionary Dictionary

home


    Etymology

    From Middle English home, hom, hoom, ham, from Old English hām ( “village, hamlet, manor, estate, home, dwelling, house, region, country” ), from Proto-Germanic *haimaz ( “home, village” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱóymos ( “village, home” ). Cognate with Scots hame ( “home, homeland” ), North Frisian hamm ( “home, homeland” ), Dutch heem ( “home” ), German Heim ( “home” ), Danish hjem ( “home” ), Swedish hem ( “home” ), Icelandic heimur ( “heimur” ), Irish caoimh ( “dear” ), Lithuanian kaimas ( “village” ), šeimà ( “family” ), Albanian komb ( “nation, people” ), Old Church Slavonic сѣмь ( “seed” ), Ancient Greek κώμη ( kṓmē, “village” ) ), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱey- ( “to lie” ) ( compare Hittite kittari ( “it lies” ), Ancient Greek κεῖμαι ( keîmai, “to lie down” ), Latin civis ( “citizen” ), Avestan ... ( saēte, “he lies, rests” ), Sanskrit ... ( śáye, “he lies” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) enPR: hōm, IPA: /həʊm/, X-SAMPA: /h@Um/
    • ( US ) enPR: hōm, IPA: /hoʊm/, X-SAMPA: /hoUm/
    • Rhymes: -əʊm

    Noun

    home ( plural: homes )

    1. One’s own dwelling place; the house or structure in which one lives; especially the house in which one lives with his family; the habitual abode of one’s family; also, one’s birthplace.
    2. One’s native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one’s ancestors dwell or dwelt.
    3. The place where a person was raised; Childhood or parental home; home of one’s parents or guardian .
      I left home last year .
    4. The abiding place of the affections, especially of the domestic affections.
    5. The locality where a thing is usually found, or was first found, or where it is naturally abundant; habitat; seat .
      the home of the pine .
    6. A place of refuge, rest or care; an asylum .
      a home for outcasts
      a home for the blind
      a veterans' home
    7. ( by extension ) the grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.
    8. ( gaming, in various games ) The ultimate point aimed at in a progress; the goal .
      The object of Sorry! is to get all four of your pawns to your home .
    9. ( baseball ) Home plate .
    10. ( lacrosse ) The place of a player in front of an opponent’s goal; also, the player .
    11. ( Internet ) The landing page of a website; the site's homepage

    Synonyms

    • ( one’s own dwelling place ): tenement, house, dwelling, abode, domicile, residence
    • ( ( baseball ) home plate ): home base

    Verb

    home ( third-person singular simple present homes present participle homing, simple past and past participle homed )

    1. ( usually with "in on" ) To seek or aim for something .

    Adjective

    home ( not comparable )

    1. Of or pertaining to one’s dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts .
    2. Close; personal; pointed; as, a home thrust .

    Adverb

    home ( not comparable )

    1. To one’s home or country
      go home, come home, carry home .
    2. Close; closely.
    3. To the place where it belongs; to the end of a course; to the full length .
      to drive a nail home; to ram a cartridge home
      • c.1603, William Shakespeare The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice, Act 5, Scene 1,
        ... Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home: .. .
    4. In one's place of residence or one's customary or official location; at home
      Everyone's gone to watch the game; there's nobody home .
    5. ( UK, soccer ) Into the goal.
    6. ( Internet ) To the home page .
      Click here to go home .

    Usage notes

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    home-

    By Wiktionary ( 2010/02/10 13:44 UTC Version )

    Preposition

    home-

    1. Alternative spelling of homœ- .

    Derived terms



Explanation of home by Wordnet Dictionary

home


    Verb
    1. return home accurately from a long distance

    2. homing pigeons
    3. provide with, or send to, a home

    Adverb
    1. at or to or in the direction of one's home or family

    2. He stays home on weekends
      after the game the children brought friends home for supper
      I'll be home tomorrow
      came riding home in style
      I hope you will come home for Christmas
      I'll take her home
      don't forget to write home
    3. to the fullest extent

    4. drove the nail home
      drove his point home
      his comments hit home
    5. on or to the point aimed at

    6. the arrow struck home
    Adjective
    1. inside the country

    2. the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior
    3. used of your own ground

    4. a home game
    5. relating to or being where one lives or where one's roots are

    6. my home town
    Noun
    1. housing that someone is living in

    2. they raise money to provide homes for the homeless
    3. an institution where people are cared for

    4. a home for the elderly
    5. base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands

    6. he ruled that the runner failed to touch home
    7. a social unit living together

    8. the teacher asked how many people made up his home
    9. the country or state or city where you live

    10. Canadian tariffs enabled United States lumber companies to raise prices at home
      his home is New Jersey
    11. the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end

    12. where you live at a particular time

    13. deliver the package to my home
      he doesn't have a home to go to
    14. place where something began and flourished

    15. the United States is the home of basketball
    16. an environment offering affection and security

    17. home is where the heart is
      he grew up in a good Christian home
      there's no place like home


    Definition of home by GCIDE Dictionary

    home


    1. Home ( hōm ), n. ( Zool. ) See Homelyn.

    2. Home ( hōm; 110 ), n. [OE. hom, ham, AS. hām; akin to OS. hēm, D. & G. heim, Sw. hem, Dan. hiem, Icel. heimr abode, world, heima home, Goth. haims village, Lith. këmas, and perh. to Gr. κώμη village, or to E. hind a peasant; cf. Skr. kshēma abode, place of rest, security, kshi to dwell. √20, 220.]
      1. One's own dwelling place; the house in which one lives; esp., the house in which one lives with his family; the habitual abode of one's family; also, one's birthplace.

      The disciples went away again to their own home. John xx. 10.

      Home is the sacred refuge of our life. Dryden.

      Home! home! sweet, sweet home!

      There's no place like home. Payne.

      2. One's native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one's ancestors dwell or dwelt. “Our old home [England].” Hawthorne.

      3. The abiding place of the affections, especially of the domestic affections.

      He entered in his house -- his home no more,

      For without hearts there is no home. Byron.

      4. The locality where a thing is usually found, or was first found, or where it is naturally abundant; habitat; seat; as, “the home of the pine”.

      Her eyes are homes of silent prayer. Tennyson.

      Flandria, by plenty made the home of war. Prior.

      5. A place of refuge and rest; an asylum; as, “a home for outcasts; a home for the blind”; hence, esp., the grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.

      Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets. Eccl. xii. 5.

      6. ( Baseball ) The home base; as, “he started for home”.

      At home. At one's own house, or lodgings. In one's own town or country; as, peace abroad and at home. Prepared to receive callers. -- Home department, the department of executive administration, by which the internal affairs of a country are managed. [Eng.] To be at home on any subject, to be conversant or familiar with it. -- To feel at home, to be at one's ease. -- To make one's self at home, to conduct one's self with as much freedom as if at home.

      Syn. -- Tenement; house; dwelling; abode; domicile.

    3. Home a.
      1. Of or pertaining to one's dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; “home manufactures; home comforts”.

      2. Close; personal; pointed; as, “a home thrust”.

      3. ( Games ) In various games, the ultimate point aimed at in a progress; goal; as: ( Baseball ) The plate at which the batter stands; same as home base and home plate. ( Lacrosse ) The place of a player in front of an opponent's goal; also, the player.

      Home base or Home plate ( Baseball ), the base at which the batter stands when batting, and which is the last base to be reached in scoring a run. -- Home farm, grounds, etc., the farm, grounds, etc., adjacent to the residence of the owner. -- Home lot, an inclosed plot on which the owner's home stands. [U. S.] -- Home rule, rule or government of an appendent or dependent country, as to all local and internal legislation, by means of a governing power vested in the people within the country itself, in contradistinction to a government established by the dominant country; as, “home rule in Ireland”. Also used adjectively; as, home-rule members of Parliament. -- Home ruler, one who favors or advocates home rule. -- Home stretch ( Sport. ), that part of a race course between the last curve and the winning post. -- Home thrust, a well directed or effective thrust; one that wounds in a vital part; hence, in controversy, a personal attack.

    4. Home, adv.
      1. To one's home or country; “home, come home, carry home.”

      2. Close; closely.

      How home the charge reaches us, has been made out. South.

      They come home to men's business and bosoms. Bacon.

      3. To the place where it belongs; to the end of a course; to the full length; as, “to drive a nail home; to ram a cartridge home.”

      Wear thy good rapier bare and put it home. Shak.

      ☞ Home is often used in the formation of compound words, many of which need no special definition; as, home-brewed, home-built, home-grown, etc.

      To bring home. See under Bring. -- To come home. To touch or affect personally. See under Come. ( Naut. ) To drag toward the vessel, instead of holding firm, as the cable is shortened; -- said of an anchor. -- To haul home the sheets of a sail ( Naut. ), to haul the clews close to the sheave hole. Totten.

    5. home ( hōm ), v. i.
      1. To return home.

      2. To proceed toward an object or location intended as a target; -- of missiles which can change course in flight under internal or external control; usually used with in on; as, “the missile homed in on the radar site”.

      3. [fig.] To arrive at or get closer to an object sought or an intended goal; used with in on; as, “the repairman quickly homed in on the cause of the malfunction”.

    6. Homelyn n. [Scot. hommelin.] ( Zool ) The European sand ray ( Raia maculata ); -- called also home, mirror ray, and rough ray.