Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place where one lives; a residence.
  • n. The physical structure within which one lives, such as a house or apartment.
  • n. A dwelling place together with the family or social unit that occupies it; a household.
  • n. An environment offering security and happiness.
  • n. A valued place regarded as a refuge or place of origin.
  • n. The place, such as a country or town, where one was born or has lived for a long period.
  • n. The native habitat, as of a plant or animal.
  • n. The place where something is discovered, founded, developed, or promoted; a source.
  • n. A headquarters; a home base.
  • n. Baseball Home plate.
  • n. Games Home base.
  • n. An institution where people are cared for: a home for the elderly.
  • n. Computer Science The starting position of the cursor on a text-based computer display, usually in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • n. Computer Science A starting position within a computer application, such as the beginning of a line, file, or screen or the top of a chart or list.
  • adj. Of or relating to a home, especially to one's household or house: home cooking; home furnishings.
  • adj. Taking place in the home: home care for the elderly.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a place of origin or headquarters: the home office.
  • adj. Sports Relating to a team's sponsoring institution or to the place where it is franchised: a home game; the home field advantage.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being the keys used as base positions for the fingers in touch-typing: The home row on a standard keyboard consists of the keys for A, S, D, F, J, K, L, and ;.
  • adv. At, to, or toward the direction of home: going home for lunch.
  • adv. On or into the point at which something is directed: The arrow struck home.
  • adv. To the center or heart of something; deeply: Your comments really hit home.
  • intransitive v. To go or return to one's residence or base of operations.
  • intransitive v. To be guided to a target automatically, as by means of radio waves.
  • intransitive v. To move or lead toward a goal: The investigators were homing in on the truth.
  • transitive v. To guide (a missile or aircraft) to a target automatically.
  • idiom at home Available to receive visitors: at home on Thursdays.
  • idiom at home Comfortable and relaxed; at ease: at home in diplomatic circles.
  • idiom at home Feeling an easy competence and familiarity: at home in French.
  • idiom home free Out of jeopardy; assured of success: We had our hardest exams first and were home free after that.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. One’s native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one’s ancestors dwell or dwelt.
  • n. The place where a person was raised; Childhood or parental home; home of one’s parents or guardian.
  • n. The abiding place of the affections, especially of the domestic affections.
  • n. The locality where a thing is usually found, or was first found, or where it is naturally abundant; habitat; seat.
  • n. A place of refuge, rest or care; an asylum.
  • n. the grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.
  • n. The ultimate point aimed at in a progress; the goal.
  • n. Home plate.
  • n. The place of a player in front of an opponent’s goal; also, the player.
  • n. The landing page of a website; the site's homepage
  • n. shortened form of homeboy
  • v. To seek or aim for something.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to one’s dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts.
  • adj. Close; personal; pointed; as, a home thrust.
  • adv. To one’s home or country.
  • adv. Close; closely.
  • adv. To the place where it belongs; to the end of a course; to the full length.
  • adv. In one's place of residence or one's customary or official location; at home.
  • adv. Into the goal.
  • adv. To the home page.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to one's dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign.
  • adj. Close; personal; pointed.
  • adj. In various games, the ultimate point aimed at in a progress; goal.
  • adj. The plate at which the batter stands; same as home base and home plate.
  • adj. The place of a player in front of an opponent's goal; also, the player.
  • adv. To one's home or country
  • adv. Close; closely.
  • adv. To the place where it belongs; to the end of a course; to the full length
  • n. See homelyn.
  • n. 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.
  • n. One's native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one's ancestors dwell or dwelt.
  • n. The abiding place of the affections, especially of the domestic affections.
  • n. The locality where a thing is usually found, or was first found, or where it is naturally abundant; habitat; seat.
  • n. A place of refuge and rest; an asylum; ; hence, esp., the grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.
  • n. The home base.
  • intransitive v. To return home.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To arrive at or get closer to an object sought or an intended goal; used with in on.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dwelling; the residence of a family or household; a seat of domestic life and interests; hence, one's abode; the house in which one has his fixed or usual residence, or which he regards as his definite dwelling-place.
  • n. The place or region in which one lives; one's own locality or country.
  • n. The place or region where some specified thing is most common, indigenous, or native; the seat or native habitat.
  • n. An institute or establishment designed to afford the comforts of domestic life to the homeless, sick, or destitute: as, a sailors’ or soldiers’ home; a home for the aged.
  • n. In games, the ultimate point to which a player runs, or to which effort is directed; the goal.
  • n. Specifically— In base-ball, the space or base immediately in front of the batters’ position. See base-ball.
  • n. In lacrosse, the position of a player who stands just in front of his opponents’ goal, and who tries to throw the ball through it; also, the player himself.
  • n. In the position of being thoroughly familiar with a subject; conversant: as, to be at home in a science.
  • n. In one's own country.
  • n. Prepared to receive social calls or visits: a conventional phrase. Hence, as a noun
  • n. A time fixed for receiving callers; a reception.
  • Connected with one's home or place of abode, or with one's country; domestic: often opposed to foreign.
  • Close; to the point; effective; coming home to the subject or the thing: as, a home thrust in argument; a home blow in boxing.
  • In sporting: Situated near or at the goal; final: as, the home stretch; the home base.
  • Reaching, or enabling a player to reach, home or the goal: as, a home run; a home hit.
  • To, toward, or at home, in any sense of that word.
  • To the point; to the mark aimed at; so as to produce an intended effect; effectively; satisfactorily; closely: as, to strike home; to charge home; to speak home.
  • To dwell; have a home; also (chiefly in the present participle), to go home instinctively, as a carrier-pigeon. See homing.
  • To bring, carry, or send home: as, the homing of the harvest; to home a carrier-pigeon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. at or to or in the direction of one's home or family
  • n. an environment offering affection and security
  • adj. used of your own ground
  • n. (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score
  • v. return home accurately from a long distance
  • v. provide with, or send to, a home
  • n. where you live at a particular time
  • adj. inside the country
  • adv. to the fullest extent; to the heart
  • n. the country or state or city where you live
  • adv. on or to the point aimed at
  • n. a social unit living together
  • n. housing that someone is living in
  • adj. relating to or being where one lives or where one's roots are
  • n. place where something began and flourished
  • n. the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
  • n. an institution where people are cared for

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English hām; see tkei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I think it was supposed to say "Best @home," meaning Melissa could win the at-home prize for losing the most weight.

    The Teacher Tearjerker

  • In any case, the fun part was not being at home& not knowing what time we'd get home.

    Young Skin

  • Also, because I teach preschool we have 2 weeks at the beginning of the school year which everyone thinks is so lucky because we start later than the rest of the district…but really those days are full of meetings and mass screening and home visits…..home visits….yuck!

    10 Reasons Why I Heart Teacher Workdays « Classroom Confessions

  • Contractors will reduce the level of gas in your home by: • Installing a suction system to draw the gas out of and away from the home• Changing the ventilation and pressurization in the basement• Sealing foundation cracks and openings

    Dealing with the dangers of radon gas

  • Contractors will reduce the level of gas in your home by:• Installing a suction system to draw the gas out of and away from the home• Changing the ventilation and pressurization in the basement• Sealing foundation cracks and openings

    Dealing with the dangers of radon gas

  • Let you access your home computers from outside the home .

    CES: Microsoft's serving platter for content

  • That being the case, I'm not super jazzed about your attempt to change the rules of our contract retroactively... a rule change that'd force me, my wife and my infant daughter out of our home yes, Walter, we may not own the house, but it is *our home*... unless you're somehow declaring that the several million renters in the City of Los Angeles are all, in fact, homeless.

    Case Study: Repealing Rent Control Can Reduce Gridlock

  • They, better than anyone else, know which worker needs a home most, or if he has a home….

    The Speech

  • If you ever come here -- and by _you_, I mean the 100,000 subscribers to the Lady's Book, don't go anywhere else, for _here_ you will find a home -- a regular New England _home_.

    Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851

  • A third is: _B., being at home, heard this as occurring away from home_.

    Beowulf An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem

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  • The front page is working for me, so either John's fixed it or it's only affecting some Wordies.

    November 5, 2008

  • Has anyone else found that they can't get home? By which I mean, clicking on the Wordie wordmark or "home" link yields a "gone all 500 Application Error on you" page.

    I can search for words, and follow links and get to the Last 100 Comments by typing in the URL directly, but the home page itself seems to be off limits. I get the same 500 error when I click on the "987 comments" (soon to be 988) link on my own profile, although the equivalent link is fine from others' profiles.

    November 5, 2008

  • Hmph. ;-)

    August 24, 2008

  • He's cheating on us with Flickr.

    August 23, 2008

  • Hey, where is SoG these days, anyway? Haven't heard a peep lately.

    August 21, 2008

  • Well said SoG!

    August 21, 2008

  • Home—the place, the countryside—was still there, still pretty much as I had left it, and there was no reason I could not go back to it if I wanted to. Wendell Berry "A Native Hill"

    July 19, 2008


  • -- from Son of Groucho - (?)

    So why leave it to go to friggin' Ikea?

    October 12, 2007