[hyoo-muh n or, often, yoo‐] /ˈhyu mən or, often, ˈyu‐/
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people:
consisting of people:
the human race.
of or relating to the social aspect of people:
a warmly human understanding.
of, characterizing, or relating to man and mankind: human nature
consisting of people: the human race, a human chain
having the attributes of man as opposed to animals, divine beings, or machines: human failings
a human being; person
mid-15c., humain, humaigne, from Old French humain, umain (adj.) “of or belonging to man” (12c.), from Latin humanus “of man, human,” also “humane, philanthropic, kind, gentle, polite; learned, refined, civilized,” probably related to homo (genitive hominis) “man” (see homunculus) and to humus “earth,” on notion of “earthly beings,” as opposed to the gods (cf. Hebrew adam “man,” from adamah “ground”). Cognate with Old Lithuanian zmuo (accusative zmuni) “man, male person.”
As a noun, from 1530s. Its Old English cognate guma (from Proto-Germanic *guman-) survives only in disguise in bridegroom. Related: Humanness. Human rights attested by 1680s; human being by 1690s. Human relations is from 1916; human resources attested by 1907, American English, apparently originally among social Christians and drawn from natural resources.
see: milk of human kindness
- Human antihemophilic factor
human antihemophilic factor hu·man antihemophilic factor (hyōō’mən) n. A lyophilized concentrate of factor VIII, obtained from fresh normal human plasma and used as a hemostatic agent in hemophilia. Also called antihemophilic globulin.
noun 1. any individual of the genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo sapiens. 2. a person, especially as distinguished from other animals or as representing the human species: living conditions not fit for human beings; a very generous human being. noun 1. a member of any of the races of Homo sapiens; […]
noun 1. the physical structure and material substance of a human being, consisting of many billions of cells as well as components outside of the cells: The average adult human body is 50–65% water.
- Human cannonball
noun a performer in popular entertainment who is propelled through the air from a cannon or other device Examples The first human cannonball, in 1877, was a girl called “Zazel” (Rossa Matilda Richter, then only 14). Word Origin 1877