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home (həʊm)
1.  the place or a place where one lives: have you no home to go to?
2.  a house or other dwelling
3.  a family or other group living in a house or other place
4.  a person's country, city, etc, esp viewed as a birthplace, a residence during one's early years, or a place dear to one
5.  the environment or habitat of a person or animal
6.  the place where something is invented, founded, or developed: the US is the home of baseball
7.  a.  a building or organization set up to care for orphans, the aged, etc
 b.  an informal name for a mental home
8.  sport one's own ground: the match is at home
9.  a.  the objective towards which a player strives in certain sports
 b.  an area where a player is safe from attack
10.  lacrosse
 a.  one of two positions of play nearest the opponents' goal
 b.  a player assigned to such a position: inside home
11.  baseball another name for home plate
12.  informal, obsolete (NZ) Britain, esp England
13.  a home from home a place other than one's own home where one can be at ease
14.  at home
 a.  in one's own home or country
 b.  at ease, as if at one's own home
 c.  giving an informal party at one's own home
 d.  (Brit) such a party
15.  at home in, at home on, at home with familiar or conversant with
16.  informal (Brit) home and dry Austral. and NZ equivalent: home and hosed definitely safe or successful: we will not be home and dry until the votes have been counted
17.  near home concerning one deeply
18.  of, relating to, or involving one's home, country, etc; domestic
19.  (of an activity) done in one's house: home taping
20.  effective or deadly: a home thrust
21.  sport relating to one's own ground: a home game
22.  (US) central; principal: the company's home office
23.  to or at home: I'll be home tomorrow
24.  to or on the point
25.  to the fullest extent: hammer the nail home
26.  (of nautical gear) into or in the best or proper position: the boom is home
27.  bring home to
 a.  to make clear to
 b.  to place the blame on
28.  nautical come home (of an anchor) to fail to hold
29.  come home to to become absolutely clear to
30.  informal nothing to write home about to be of no particular interest: the film was nothing to write home about
vb (often foll by on or onto)
31.  (intr) (of birds and other animals) to return home accurately from a distance
32.  to direct or be directed onto a point or target, esp by automatic navigational aids
33.  to send or go home
34.  to furnish with or have a home
35.  (intr; often foll by in or in on) to be directed towards a goal, target, etc
[Old English hām; related to Old Norse heimr, Gothic haims, Old High German heim, Dutch heem, Greek kōmi village]

Home (hjuːm)
Baron See Home of the Hirsel

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ham "dwelling, house, estate, village," from P.Gmc. *khaim- (cf. O.Fris. hem "home, village," O.N. heimr "residence, world," heima "home," Ger. heim "home," Goth. haims "village"), from PIE base *kei- "to lie, settle down" (cf. Gk. kome, Lith. kaimas "village;" O.C.S. 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]
The verb meaning "to be guided to a destination by radio signals, etc. (of missiles, aircraft, etc.) is from 1920; it had been used earlier in ref. to homing pigeons (1875). Home stretch (1841) is originally a reference from horse racing. Homebody is from 1821. Homeroom in the U.S. schools sense is first recorded 1915. Home-made is from 1659. Homeland first recorded 1670. Homeless is from 1615. Home economics first attested 1899. Homespun is from 1590 in the literal sense of "spun at home; 1600 in the fig. sense of "plain, homely." Home page first attested 1993. 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.
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