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Definition of Home

Pronunciation: hōm; 110
n.1.(Zool.) See Homelyn.
1.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.
The disciples went away again to their own home.
- John xx. 10.
Home is the sacred refuge of our life.
- Dryden.
Home! home! sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home.
- Payne.
2.One's native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one's ancestors dwell or dwelt.
3.The abiding place of the affections, especially of the domestic affections.
He entered in his house - his home no more,
For without hearts there is no home.
- Byron.
4.The locality where a thing is usually found, or was first found, or where it is naturally abundant; habitat; seat; as, the home of the pine.
Her eyes are homes of silent prayer.
- Tennyson.
Flandria, by plenty made the home of war.
- Prior.
5.A place of refuge and rest; an asylum; as, a home for outcasts; a home for the blind; hence, esp., the grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.
Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.
- Eccl. xii. 5.
6.(Baseball) The home base; as, he started for home.
At home
a - At one's own house, or lodgings.
b - In one's own town or country; as, peace abroad and at home.
c - Prepared to receive callers.
Home department
the department of executive administration, by which the internal affairs of a country are managed.
To be at home on any subject
to be conversant or familiar with it.
To feel at home
to be at one's ease.
To make one's self at home
to conduct one's self with as much freedom as if at home.
a.1.Of or pertaining to one's dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts.
2.Close; personal; pointed; as, a home thrust.
3.(Games) In various games, the ultimate point aimed at in a progress; goal
Home base
(Baseball) the base at which the batter stands when batting, and which is the last base to be reached in scoring a run.
Home farm
the farm, grounds, etc., adjacent to the residence of the owner.
Home lot
an inclosed plot on which the owner's home stands.
Home rule
rule or government of an appendent or dependent country, as to all local and internal legislation, by means of a governing power vested in the people within the country itself, in contradistinction to a government established by the dominant country; as, home rule in Ireland. Also used adjectively; as, home-rule members of Parliament.
Home ruler
one who favors or advocates home rule.
Home stretch
(Sport.) that part of a race course between the last curve and the winning post.
Home thrust
a well directed or effective thrust; one that wounds in a vital part; hence, in controversy, a personal attack.
adv.1.To one's home or country; as in the phrases, go home, come home, carry home.
2.Close; closely.
How home the charge reaches us, has been made out.
- South.
They come home to men's business and bosoms.
- Bacon.
3.To the place where it belongs; to the end of a course; to the full length; as, to drive a nail home; to ram a cartridge home.
Wear thy good rapier bare and put it home.
- Shak.
To bring home
See under Bring.
To come home
a - To touch or affect personally. See under Come.
b - (Naut.) To drag toward the vessel, instead of holding firm, as the cable is shortened; - said of an anchor.
To haul home the sheets of a sail
(Naut.) to haul the clews close to the sheave hole.
- Totten.
v. i.1.To return home.
2.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; as, the missile homed in on the radar site.
3.To arrive at or get closer to an object sought or an intended goal; used with in on; as, the repairman quickly homed in on the cause of the malfunction.

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