from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the genus Homo and especially of the species H. sapiens.
- n. A person: the extraordinary humans who explored Antarctica.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of humans: the course of human events; the human race.
- adj. Having or showing those positive aspects of nature and character regarded as distinguishing humans from other animals: an act of human kindness.
- adj. Subject to or indicative of the weaknesses, imperfections, and fragility associated with humans: a mistake that shows he's only human; human frailty.
- adj. Having the form of a human.
- adj. Made up of humans: formed a human bridge across the ice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or belonging to the species Homo sapiens or its closest relatives.
- adj. Having the nature or attributes of a human being.
- n. A human being, whether man, woman or child.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging to man or mankind; having the qualities or attributes of a man; of or pertaining to man or to the race of man
- n. A human being.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of man or of mankind; having the qualities or attributes of man: as, human life or nature; a human being; human shape.
- Pertaining to the sphere, nature, or faculties of man; relative or proper to mankind; mundane; secular; not divine: as, human knowledge, wisdom, or science; human affairs.
- In astrology, a sign of the zodiac corresponding to a constellation having for its figure a human being. The human signs are Gemini, Virgo, Aquarius, and the first half of Sagittarius. Synonyms Human, etc. See humane.
- n. A human being; a member of the family of mankind.
- n. Mars, Mars (said he), thou plague of men, smear'd with the dust and bloud
- In geology, noting the period of the later beds of the Post-tertiary or Quaternary series (the recent, alluvial, and post-glacial periods).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings
- adj. relating to a person
- adj. characteristic of humanity
- n. any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
Middle English humain, from Old French, from Latin hūmānus; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French humain, from Latin hūmānus ("of or belonging to a man, human, humane"), from homo ("man, human"). Spelling human has been predominant since the early 18th century. (Wiktionary)