a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household.
the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered.
an institution for the homeless, sick, etc.:
a nursing home.
the dwelling place or retreat of an animal.
the place or region where something is native or most common.
any place of residence or refuge:
a heavenly home.
a person’s native place or own country.
(in games) the destination or goal.
a principal base of operations or activities:
The new stadium will be the home of the local football team.
Lacrosse. one of three attack positions nearest the opposing goal.
of, relating to, or connected with one’s home or country; domestic:
principal or main:
the corporation’s home office.
reaching the mark aimed at:
a home thrust.
Sports. played in a ball park, arena, or the like, that is or is assumed to be the center of operations of a team:
The pitcher didn’t lose a single home game all season.
Compare (def 11).
to, toward, or at home:
to go home.
deep; to the heart:
The truth of the accusation struck home.
to the mark or point aimed at:
He drove the point home.
verb (used without object), homed, homing.
to go or return home.
(of guided missiles, aircraft, etc.) to proceed, especially under control of an automatic aiming mechanism, toward a specified target, as a plane, missile, or location (often followed by in on):
The missile homed in on the target.
to navigate toward a point by means of coordinates other than those given by altitudes.
to have a home where specified; reside.
verb (used with object), homed, homing.
to bring or send home.
to provide with a home.
to direct, especially under control of an automatic aiming device, toward an airport, target, etc.
bring home to, to make evident to; clarify or emphasize for:
The irrevocability of her decision was brought home to her.
home and dry, British Informal. having safely achieved one’s goal.
write home about, to comment especially on; remark on:
The town was nothing to write home about. His cooking is really something to write home about.
the place or a place where one lives: have you no home to go to?
a house or other dwelling
a family or other group living in a house or other place
a person’s country, city, etc, esp viewed as a birthplace, a residence during one’s early years, or a place dear to one
the environment or habitat of a person or animal
the place where something is invented, founded, or developed: the US is the home of baseball
(sport) one’s own ground: the match is at home
(baseball) another name for home plate
(NZ, informal, obsolete) Britain, esp England
a home from home, a place other than one’s own home where one can be at ease
at home in, at home on, at home with, familiar or conversant with
(Brit, informal) home and dry, definitely safe or successful: we will not be home and dry until the votes have been counted Austral. and NZ equivalent home and hosed
near home, concerning one deeply
adjective (usually prenominal)
of, relating to, or involving one’s home, country, etc; domestic
(of an activity) done in one’s house: home taping
effective or deadly: a home thrust
(sport) relating to one’s own ground: a home game
(US) central; principal: the company’s home office
to or at home: I’ll be home tomorrow
to or on the point
to the fullest extent: hammer the nail home
(of nautical gear) into or in the best or proper position: the boom is home
bring home to
(nautical) come home, (of an anchor) to fail to hold
come home to, to become absolutely clear to
(informal) nothing to write home about, to be of no particular interest: the film was nothing to write home about
(intransitive) (of birds and other animals) to return home accurately from a distance
often foll by on or onto. to direct or be directed onto a point or target, esp by automatic navigational aids
to send or go home
to furnish with or have a home
(intransitive; often foll by in or in on) to be directed towards a goal, target, etc
Baron, See Home of the Hirsel
Old English ham “dwelling, house, estate, village,” from Proto-Germanic *haimaz (cf. Old Frisian hem “home, village,” Old Norse heimr “residence, world,” heima “home,” Danish hjem, Middle Dutch heem, German heim “home,” Gothic haims “village”), from PIE root *tkei- “to settle, dwell, be home” (cf. Sanskrit kseti “abides, dwells,” Armenian shen “inhabited,” Greek kome, Lithuanian kaimas “village;” Old Church Slavonic semija “domestic servants”).
‘Home’ in the full range and feeling of [Modern English] home is a conception that belongs distinctively to the word home and some of its Gmc. cognates and is not covered by any single word in most of the IE languages. [Buck]
Home stretch (1841) is originally a reference from horse racing. Home base in baseball attested by 1859 (home plate by 1867; home as the goal in a sport or game is from 1778). Home economics first attested 1899. Slang phrase make (oneself) at home “become comfortable in a place one does not live” dates from 1892. To keep the home fires burning is from a song title from 1914. To be nothing to write home about “unremarkable” is from 1907. Home movie is from 1919; home computer is from 1967.
1765, “to go home,” from home (n.). Meaning “be guided to a destination by radio signals, etc. (of missiles, aircraft, etc.) is from 1920; it had been used earlier in reference to pigeons (1862). Related: Homed; homing. Old English had hamian “to establish in a home.”
bring home the bacon, home boy, money from home, nobody home, nothing to write home about
- Home-equity loan
[hohm-ek-wi-tee] /ˈhoʊmˈɛk wɪ ti/ noun, Business. 1. a loan that uses equity in the borrower’s home as collateral.
noun 1. the civilian sector of a nation at war when its armed forces are in combat abroad. n. also homefront, by 1917, from home (n.) + front (n.) in the military sense. A term from World War I.
plural noun 1. sliced, boiled potatoes, fried in butter or shortening.
[hohm-gurl] /ˈhoʊmˌgɜrl/ noun, Slang. 1. a girl or woman from the same locality as oneself. 2. a close female friend or fellow female gang member. n phr,n