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home (hōm)
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n.
1. A place where one lives; a residence.
2. The physical structure within which one lives, such as a house or apartment.
3. A dwelling place together with the family or social unit that occupies it; a household.
4.
a. An environment offering security and happiness.
b. A valued place regarded as a refuge or place of origin.
5. The place, such as a country or town, where one was born or has lived for a long period.
6. The native habitat, as of a plant or animal.
7. The place where something is discovered, founded, developed, or promoted; a source.
8. A headquarters; a home base.
9.
a. Baseball Home plate.
b. Games Home base.
10. An institution where people are cared for: a home for the elderly.
11. Computers
a. The starting position of the cursor on a text-based computer display, usually in the upper left corner of the screen.
b. 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.
1.
a. Of or relating to a home, especially to one's household or house: home cooking; home furnishings.
b. Taking place in the home: home care for the elderly.
2. Of, relating to, or being a place of origin or headquarters: the home office.
3. Sports Relating to a team's sponsoring institution or to the place where it is franchised: a home game; the home field advantage.
4. 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.
1. At, to, or toward the direction of home: going home for lunch.
2. On or into the point at which something is directed: The arrow struck home.
3. To the center or heart of something; deeply: Your comments really hit home.
v. homed, hom·ing, homes
v.intr.
To go or return to one's residence or base of operations.
v.tr.
1. To guide (a missile or aircraft) to a target.
2. Chiefly British
a. To arrange to have (an animal) placed in a home.
b. To take (an animal) into one's home.
Phrasal Verb:
home in
1. To move or advance toward a target or goal: The missile homed in on the target.
2. To focus the attention or make progress achieving an objective: The investigators were homing in on the truth.
Idioms:
at home
1. Available to receive visitors: at home on Thursdays.
2. Comfortable and relaxed; at ease: at home in diplomatic circles.
3. Feeling an easy competence and familiarity: at home in French.
home free
Out of jeopardy; assured of success: We had our hardest exams first and were home free after that.

[Middle English, from Old English hām; see tkei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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