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Holy Roman emperors
▪ Table Holy Roman emperors Carolingian dynasty Charlemagne (Charles I) 800-814 Louis I 814-840   Civil war 840-843 Lothar I 843-855 Louis II 855-875 Charles ...
Holy Roman Empire
a Germanic empire located chiefly in central Europe that began with the coronation of Charlemagne as Roman emperor in A.D. 800 (or, according to some historians, with the ...
Holy Rood
1. the cross on which Jesus died. 2. (l.c.) a crucifix, esp. one above a rood screen. [bef. 1150; ME; OE] * * *
Holy Sacrament
sacrament (def. 2). * * *
Holy Saturday
the Saturday in Holy Week. [1350-1400; ME] * * * ▪ Christianity also called  Easter Vigil,         Christian religious observance that ends the Lenten season, ...
Holy Scripture
Scripture (def. 1). Also, Holy Scriptures. * * *
Holy See
1. Rom. Cath. Ch. the see of Rome; the office or jurisdiction of the pope. 2. the papal court. [1755-65] * * *
Holy See (vatican City)
Holy See (Vatican City) Introduction Holy See (Vatican City) Background: Popes in their secular role ruled portions of the Italian peninsula ...
Holy Sepulcher
the sepulcher in which the body of Jesus lay between His burial and His resurrection. [1175-1225; ME] * * *
Holy Sepulchre
▪ tomb, Jerusalem  the tomb in which Jesus (Jesus Christ) was buried and the name of the church built on the traditional site of his Crucifixion and burial. According to the ...
Holy Spirit
1. the spirit of God. 2. the presence of God as part of a person's religious experience. 3. See Holy Ghost. [1350-1400; ME] * * * or Holy Ghost or Paraclete In Christianity, ...
holy synod
Eastern Ch. the governing council of an autocephalous church, composed of bishops and presided over by the patriarch or another prelate. [1760-70] * * * Ecclesiastical governing ...
holy thistle
lady's-thistle. [1590-1600] * * *
Holy Thursday
1. See Ascension Day. 2. the Thursday in Holy Week; Maundy Thursday. [1150-1200; ME; OE] * * *
Holy Trinity
Trinity (def. 1). [bef. 1050; ME] * * *
Holy Trinity, Feast of the
▪ Christianity also called  Trinity Sunday,         feast in honour of the Trinity. It is celebrated in the Christian churches on the Sunday following Pentecost (the ...
holy war
1. a war waged for what is supposed or proclaimed to be a holy purpose, as the defense of faith. 2. any disagreement or argument between fanatical proponents of radically ...
holy water
water blessed by a priest. [bef. 900; ME haliwater, OE haligwaeter] * * * ▪ Christianity       in the Eastern Christian churches and the Roman Catholic Church, special ...
holy water sprinkler.
See morning star (def. 2). Also, holy water sprinkle. [1840-50] * * *
Holy Week
the week preceding Easter Sunday. [1700-10; trans. of It settimana santa] * * * ▪ Christianity       in the Christian Church, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter, ...
Holy Writ
the Scriptures. [bef. 1000; ME holi writ, OE halige writu (pl.)] * * *
Holy Year
Rom. Cath. Ch. a jubilee year. [1920-25] * * *
Ho·ly Ark (hōʹlē) n. Judaism The cabinet in a synagogue in which the scrolls of the Torah are kept. * * *
Holy Communion n. The sacrament of the Eucharist received by a congregation. * * *
holy day also ho·ly·day (hōʹlē-dā') n. A day specified for religious observance. * * *
holyday of obligation
holy day of obligation n. Roman Catholic Church pl. holy days of obligation A feast on which the faithful are obliged to hear Mass and abstain from servile work. * * *
Holy Father n. Roman Catholic Church Used as a title and form of address for the pope. * * *
Holyfield, Evander
born Oct. 19, 1962, Atmore, Ala., U.S. U.S. boxer. Holyfield is the only boxer to win a version of the heavyweight championship four separate times (Muhammad Ali won the ...
Holy Ghost n. Christianity The Holy Spirit.   [Middle English holi gost, holy spirit, from Old English hālig gāst(translation of Latin spīritus sānctus): hālig, holy; see ...
Holy Grail n. See grail. * * *
/hol"ee hed'/, n. a seaport on Holy Island in NW Wales. 10,940. * * * ▪ Wales, United Kingdom Welsh  Caergybi        port and resort on Holy Island (Ynys Gybi), Isle ...
Holyhead Island
former name of Holy Island (def. 2). * * *
HolyInnocents' Day
Holy Innocents' Day n. Ecclesiastical December 28, observed in commemoration of the slaughter of male infants in Bethlehem during Herod the Great's attempt to kill the infant ...
Holy Island or Lin·dis·farne (lĭnʹdĭs-färn') An island off the coast of northeast England near the Scottish border. At low tide the island is connected with the mainland ...
Holy Land The biblical region of Palestine. * * *
/hohl"yohk, hoh"lee ohk'/, n. Sir Keith Jacka /jak"euh/, 1904-83, New Zealand political leader: prime minister 1957, 1960-72; governor general 1977-80. * * *
Holyoake, Sir Keith Jacka
▪ prime minister of New Zealand born Feb. 11, 1904, Scarborough, N.Z. died Dec. 8, 1983, Wellington, N.Z.       farmer and politician who served twice as prime minister ...
holyof holies
holy of ho·lies (hōʹlēz) n. 1. Judaism. The sanctuary inside the tabernacle in the Temple of Jerusalem, in which the Ark of the Covenant was kept. 2. Eastern Orthodox Church. ...
holy oil n. Ecclesiastical 1. See chrism. 2. Olive oil blessed by a bishop and used to anoint the sick and in sacramentals. * * *
/hohl"yohk, hoh"lee ohk'/, n. a city in S Massachusetts, on the Connecticut River. 44,678. * * * ▪ Massachusetts, United States       city, Hampden county, west-central ...
Holyoke, Edward
▪ American educator born June 25, 1689, Boston died Jan. 1, 1769, Cambridge, Mass.       10th president of Harvard College, who liberalized and strengthened its ...
holy order also Holy Order n. Ecclesiastical 1. The sacrament or rite of ordination. Often used in the plural. 2. The rank of an ordained Christian minister or priest. Often used ...
Holy Roller n. Offensive Used as a disparaging term for a member of any of various religious denominations in which spiritual fervor is expressed by shouts and violent body ...
HolyRoman Empire
Holy Roman Empire A loosely federated European political entity that began with the papal coronation of the German king Otto I as the first emperor in 962 and lasted until ...
Holyrood House
(also Holyroodhouse) a royal palace in Edinburgh, used by members of the British royal family when they visit Scotland and open to the public at other times. Most of the ...
➡ Holyrood House * * *
Holy Saturday n. The Saturday before Easter. * * *
Holy Scripture n. See scripture. * * *
Holy See n. Roman Catholic Church 1. The see of the bishop of Rome. 2. The authority, jurisdiction, and governmental functions associated with the papacy. * * *
Holy Spirit n. Christianity The third person of the Trinity. * * *
/hoh"lee stohn'/, n., v., holystoned, holystoning. n. 1. a block of soft sandstone used in scrubbing the decks of a ship. v.t. 2. to scrub with a holystone. [1815-25; HOLY + ...
Holy Synod n. The governing body of any of the Eastern Orthodox churches. * * *
Holy Thursday n. 1. See Maundy Thursday. 2. See Ascension Day. * * *
/hoh"lee tuyd'/, n. a time of religious observances. [bef. 1100; ME holi tid, OE halig tid. See HOLY, TIDE1] * * *
holy war also Holy War n. A war declared or fought for a religious or high moral purpose, as to extend or defend a religion. * * *
holy water n. Water blessed by a priest and used for religious purposes. * * *
Holy Week n. The week before Easter. * * *
▪ Wales, United Kingdom Welsh  Treffynnon        town, historic and present county of Flintshire, Wales, near the Dee estuary. The holy well is on the spot where in ...
holy writ n. 1. often Holy Writ The Bible. 2. Informal. A document held to be the most authoritative of its kind. * * *
Holzer, Jenny
born July 29, 1950, Gallipolis, Ohio, U.S. U.S. conceptual artist. She studied at Duke University, the University of Chicago, and the Rhode Island School of Design. In the late ...
Holzman, William
▪ 1999       American basketball coach who led the New York Knicks to their only National Basketball Association championships, in 1970 and 1973 (b. Aug. 10, 1920, ...
var. of homo- before a vowel: homonym. * * *
/hoh"meuh/, n. haoma (def. 2). * * *
/hom"ij, om"-/, n. 1. respect or reverence paid or rendered: In his speech he paid homage to Washington and Jefferson. 2. the formal public acknowledgment by which a feudal ...
homage and fealty
▪ feudalism       in European society, solemn acts of ritual by which a person became a vassal of a lord in feudal society. Homage was essentially the acknowledgment of ...
/hom"euh jeuhr, om"-/, n. a vassal. [1350-1400; ME omager < AF. See HOMAGE, -ER2] * * *
/hom'euh leuh graf"ik/, adj. homolographic. [ < Gk homaló(s) even, regular + GRAPHIC] * * *
hombre1 /om"beuhr/, n. Cards. omber. hombre2 /om"bray, -bree/, n. man; fellow; guy: That sheriff is a mean hombre. [1830-40; < Sp, by dissimilation and intrusion of b < VL *omne, ...
/hom"berrg/, n. a man's felt hat with a soft crown dented lengthwise and a slightly rolled brim. [1890-95; after Homburg, Germany, where it was first manufactured] * * * ▪ ...
/hohm/, n., adj., adv., v., homed, homing. n. 1. a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household. 2. the place in which one's ...
/hyoohm/, n. Lord. See Douglas-Home. * * * (as used in expressions) Home Rule Irish Ladies' Home Journal nursing home Douglas Home Sir Alec Baron Home of the Hirsel of ...
Home Alone
a US film (1990) which became the most successful comedy film ever made. Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, is a young boy left at home by mistake when his family flies to Paris. ...
home base
1. Baseball. See home plate. 2. home (def. 9). 3. home (def. 8). [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
home center
a large store that specializes in a wide range of materials and supplies for home improvements or repairs. Also called home-center store. [1965-70, Amer.] * * *
home computer
a microcomputer used in the home. [1975-80] * * *
Home Counties
Home Counties certain counties adjacent to or near London, namely Essex, Kent, Surrey, and, sometimes, Hertfordshire and Sussex * * * n [pl] (in Britain) the counties around ...
Home Depot{™}
any of a large group of shops in the US and Canada that sell building materials for home improvement work, such as wood, paint and tools. The company was established in 1978, and ...
home ec
/ek/, Informal. See home economics. [by shortening] * * *
home economics
—home economist. 1. the art and science of home management. 2. a college curriculum usually including studies in nutrition, the purchase, preparation, and service of food, ...
home entertainment
the aggregate of appliances, as stero systems, television, videocassette recorders, or computers, used for diversion in the home. * * *
home fries
sliced, boiled potatoes, fried in butter or shortening. Also called home fried potatoes, cottage fried potatoes, country fries. [1950-55] * * *
home front
—home-front, adj. the civilian sector of a nation at war when its armed forces are in combat abroad. [1915-20] * * *
home ground
an area, locality, or subject with which one is intimately familiar: When you see those familiar mountains appear on the horizon, you'll know you are back on home ground. ...
home guard
a volunteer force used for meeting local emergencies when the regular armed forces are needed elsewhere. [1735-45] * * *
home help
➡ old age * * *
home keys.
See under home row. * * *
home mission
—home missionary. a religious mission operating within the country or territories of the supporting church. [1830-40] * * *
Home of the Hirsel, Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home
▪ 1996       BARON, OF COLDSTREAM (SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME), British politician and statesman (b. July 2, 1903, London, England—d. Oct. 9, 1995, Coldstream, ...
Home on the Range
a popular US song about the American West. It was first published in 1873 in the Smith County Pioneer newspaper in Kansas, where it is now the official state song. It begins: Oh, ...
home page
Computers. 1. the initial page of a site on the World Wide Web. 2. See Web site. Also, homepage. [1990-95] * * *
home plate
Baseball. the base at which the batter stands and which a base runner must reach safely in order to score a run, typically a five-sided slab of whitened rubber set at ground ...
home port
1. the port where a ship is registered. 2. the port out of which a ship is operated but not necessarily registered. [1890-95] * * *
home range
Ecol. the area in which an animal normally lives. [1880-85] * * *
home row
(in touch typing) the row on a typewriter or computer keyboard that contains the keys (home keys) to which four fingers of each hand return as a base, on a QWERTY keyboard being ...
home rule
self-government in local matters by a city, province, state, colony, or the like. [1855-60] * * * ▪ history of Great Britain and Ireland       in British and Irish ...
Home Rule, Irish
Movement to secure internal autonomy for Ireland within the British Empire. The slogan "Home Rule" was popularized in 1870 when the Home Government Association (later the Home ...
home ruler
an advocate of home rule. [1875-80] * * *
home run
1. Baseball. a hit that enables a batter, without the aid of a fielding error, to score a run by making a nonstop circuit of the bases. 2. a complete or unqualified success: ...
home schooling
home schooling adj. ☆ n. adj. 1. the fact or process of teaching one's children in the home instead of sending them to a school 2. of, relating to, or practicing home ...
home scrap
Metall. scrap steel reprocessed in the steel mill in which it was produced. * * *
home screen
television. [1965-70] * * *
Home Secretary
Brit. the secretary of state for the Home Office. [1790-1800] * * *
home sign
1. any idiosyncratic system of gestural communication used by a deaf person. 2. a single idiosyncratic form that is incorporated into a standard sign language. * * *
home stand
a series of consecutive sports events, as baseball games, played in a team's own stadium. [1960-65] * * *
home study
instruction in a subject given by mail and addressed to a student's home. * * *
home team
➡ baseball * * *
home truth
an indisputable fact or basic truth, esp. one whose accuracy may cause discomfort or embarrassment. [1705-15] * * *
home video
1. a videotape recorded by camcorder generally for noncommercial use, esp. for viewing at home. 2. the business of renting or selling prerecorded videocassettes for viewing esp. ...
Home, Alexander Home, 1st earl of
▪ Scottish noble also called (1575–1605) 6th Lord Home, Home also spelled Hume born c. 1566 died April 5, 1619       Scottish noble who took part in many of the ...
Home, John
▪ English dramatist born Sept. 21, 1722, Leith, Scot. died Sept. 5, 1808, Merchiston Bank, near Edinburgh       Scottish dramatist whose play Douglas, according to the ...
Home, Sweet Home
the title of a popular song (1823) by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (1786–1855), with words by J H Payne (1791–1852), a US writer of plays. People often say ‘Home sweet home’ ...
—home-brewed, adj. /hohm"brooh"/, n. beer or other alcoholic beverage made at home. [1850-55] * * *
/hohm"kair'/, adj. of, pertaining to, or designating care, esp. medical care, given or received at home: a member of the hospital's home-care staff. * * *
home-eq·ui·ty loan (hōm'ĕkʹwĭ-tē) n. A loan or credit line that is secured by the equity the borrower has in a home. * * *
home-from-home [hōm′frəm hōm′] n. Brit. a place that is as pleasant and comfortable as a person's own home: also home from home * * *
home-help·er (hōmʹhĕlʹpər) n. One who aids a patient requiring long-term care in the private residence rather than in a hospital or nursing home. * * *
➡ markets * * *
home-style (hōmʹstīl') adj. Prepared or served as if in the home: a restaurant serving authentic home-style dishes.   homeʹ-style' adv. * * *
home banking n. The conducting of bank business at home by means of electronic communications, such as a telephone or computer. * * *
home base n. 1. a. An objective toward which players of certain games, such as backgammon, progress. b. Baseball. Home plate. 2. A base of operations; a headquarters. * * *
/hohm"bod'ee/, n., pl. homebodies. a person who prefers pleasures and activities that center around the home; stay-at-home. [1815-25, Amer.; HOME + BODY] * * *
homebound1 /hohm"bownd"/, adj. going home: homebound commuters. [1880-85; HOME + BOUND4] homebound2 /hohm"bownd'/, adj. confined to one's home, esp. because of illness. [1880-85; ...
/hohm"boy'/, n. 1. a person from the same locality as oneself. 2. Slang. a close friend or fellow gang member. [1895-1900; Amer.] * * *
/hohm"bred"/, adj. bred or raised at home; native; indigenous; domestic. [1580-90; HOME + BRED] * * *
home·brew or home brew (hōmʹbro͞oʹ) n. An alcoholic beverage, especially beer, that is made at home.   homeʹbrewedʹ (-bro͞odʹ) adj. * * *
See homebrew. * * *
/hohm"bil'deuhr/, n. 1. a person whose occupation is homebuilding. 2. a commercial firm or company for homebuilding. [1880-85; HOME + BUILDER] * * *
/hohm"bil'ding/, n. 1. the designing or constructing of houses. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or associated with homebuilding: the homebuilding industry. [1815-25; HOME + ...
/hohm"buy'euhr/, n. a person who buys or expects to buy a house. [1965-70; HOME + BUYER] * * *
—homecomer, n. /hohm"kum'ing/, n. 1. a return to one's home; arrival at home. 2. an annual event held by a college, university, or high school for visiting alumni. [1325-75; ...
homecoming dance
➡ homecoming * * *
homecoming game
➡ homecoming * * *
homecoming king
➡ homecoming * * *
homecoming parade
➡ homecoming * * *
homecoming queen
➡ homecoming * * *
home computer n. A computer intended for use in the home. * * *
home ec (ĕk) n. Informal Home economics. * * *
home economics n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The science and art of home management.   home economist n. * * *
See home economics. * * *
home front n. The civilian population or the civilian activities of a country at war. * * *
home fry n. A piece of sliced or chopped potato pan-fried until brown and crisp. Often used in the plural. * * *
☆ homegirl [hōm′gʉrl΄ ] n. Slang 1. a girl or woman from the same town, neighborhood, etc. as oneself 2. a close female friend 3. a fellow female member of a youth gang * ...
home ground n. 1. One's familiar surroundings or habitat. 2. An area of special strength or competence: a company that never expected to be challenged on its home ground of ...
/hohm"grohn"/, adj. 1. grown or produced at home or in a particular region for local consumption: homegrown tomatoes. 2. native or indigenous to or characteristic of a region: ...
home guard n. A volunteer force formed to defend a homeland while the regular army is fighting elsewhere. * * *
home invasion n. Burglary of a dwelling while the residents are at home. * * *
▪ Belarus also spelled  Gomel,        city and administrative centre, Homel oblast (province), Belarus, on the Sozh River. First mentioned in 1142 as Gomy, it passed ...
/hohm"land', -leuhnd/, n. 1. one's native land. 2. a region created or considered as a state by or for a people of a particular ethnic origin: the Palestinian homeland. 3. any of ...
—homelessly, adv. —homelessness, n. /hohm"lis/, adj. 1. without a home: a homeless child. n. 2. the homeless, persons who lack permanent housing. [1605-15] * * *
See homeless. * * * A number of people in Britain and the US are homeless. Many are forced to sleep on the streets (BrE also sleep rough or be a rough sleeper) because they have ...
—homelikeness, n. /hohm"luyk'/, adj. like or suggestive of home; familiar; warmly comfortable. [1810-20; HOME + -LIKE] Syn. See homely. * * *
See homely. * * *
—homeliness, n. /hohm"lee/, adj., homelier, homeliest. 1. lacking in physical attractiveness; not beautiful; unattractive: a homely child. 2. not having elegance, refinement, ...
/hohm"mayd"/, adj. 1. made or prepared at home, locally, or by the maker's own efforts: The restaurant's pastry is homemade. Breakfast at the farmhouse always meant homemade ...
/hohm"may'keuhr/, n. 1. a person who manages the household of his or her own family, esp. as a principal occupation. 2. a person employed to manage a household and do household ...
/hohm"may'king/, n. 1. the establishment or management of a home; duties of a homemaker. adj. 2. of or pertaining to the management of a home: homemaking tasks. [1885-90; HOME + ...
a combining form meaning "similar," used in the formation of compound words: homeostatic. Also, homoeo-, homoio-. [ < Gk homoio-, comb. form of hómoios similar, like] * * *
homeobox [hō′mē ō bäks΄] n. any of a group of DNA sequences found in certain genes and involved in determining the development of specific organs, tissues, etc. of animal ...
homeobox gene
/hoh"mee euh boks'/ any of a group of genes whose function is to divide the early embryo into bands of cells with the potential to become specific organs or tissues. [1985-90; ...
ho·me·o·box gene (hōʹmē-ə-bŏks') n. One of a group of genes with a shared nucleotide segment that are involved in the formation of bodily segmentation during embryologic ...
/hoh"mee euh mawrf'/, n. any of the crystalline minerals characterized by a particular kind of homeomorphism. [HOMEO- + MORPH] * * *
—homeomorphic, homeomorphous, adj. /hoh'mee euh mawr"fiz euhm/, n. 1. similarity in crystalline form but not necessarily in chemical composition. 2. Math. a function between ...
See homeomorphism. * * *
homeopath [hō′mēäp′ə thisthō′mē ō path΄] n. a person who practices or accepts the principles of homeopathy: also homeopathist [hō′mēäp′ə thist] * * * See ...
—homeopathically, adv. /hoh'mee euh path"ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or according to the principles of homeopathy. 2. practicing or advocating homeopathy. [1815-25; HOMEO- ...
homeopathic magic.
See imitative magic. * * *
See homeopath. * * *
/hoh'mee op"euh thist/, n. a person who practices or favors homeopathy. Also, homeopath /hoh"mee euh path'/. [1820-30; HOMEO- + -PATH + -IST] * * *
/hoh'mee op"euh thee/, n. the method of treating disease by drugs, given in minute doses, that would produce in a healthy person symptoms similar to those of the disease (opposed ...
—homeoplastic /hoh'mee euh plas"tik/, adj. /hoh'mee euh play"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh/, n. Med. the formation, as in healing, of new tissue that is similar to the existing ...
—homeostatic /hoh'mee euh stat"ik/, adj. —homeostatically, adv. /hoh'mee euh stay"sis/, n. 1. the tendency of a system, esp. the physiological system of higher animals, to ...
See homeostasis. * * *
/hoh'mee oh tel"yeuh ton'/, n. Rhet. a series of words with the same or similar endings. [1580-90; < Gk, n. use of neut. of homoiotéleutos ending alike, equiv. to homoio- HOMEO- ...
—homeotherapeutic /hoh'mee euh ther'euh pyooh"tik/, adj. /hoh'mee euh ther"euh pee/, n. Med. therapy for a disease by means of an agent that is similar to but not identical ...
/hoh"mee euh therrm'/, n. homoiotherm. [1890-95] * * *
—homeothermy, homeothermism, n. /hoh'mee euh therr"meuhl/, adj. homoiothermal. [1865-70; HOMEO- + THERMAL] * * *
See homeotherm. * * *
See homeothermia. * * *
/hoh'mee euh tip"ik/, adj. Cell Biol. of or pertaining to the second division in meiosis. Also, homeotypical. Cf. heterotypic. [1885-90; HOMEO- + TYPE + -IC] * * *
—homeownership, n. —home ownership. —homeowning, adj. /hohm"oh'neuhr/, n. a person who owns a home. [1940-45; HOME + OWNER] * * *
homeowner's policy
Insurance. a form of home insurance that provides compensation for damage, loss, or injury of property, personal belongings, or persons due to fire, theft, accidents, etc. Also ...
See homeowner. * * *
home·page or home page (hōmʹpāj') n. The opening or main page of a website, intended chiefly to greet visitors and provide information about the site or its owner. * * *
/hohm"plays'/, n. a person's birthplace or family home. [1730-40, Amer.; HOME + PLACE] * * *
home plate n. Baseball A base, usually consisting of a hard rubber slab, at one of the corners of a diamond at which a batter stands when hitting and which a base runner must ...
home port also home·port (hōmʹpôrt', -pōrt') n. 1. The port in which a vessel is registered or permanently based. 2. The port from which a merchant vessel primarily ...
homer1 /hoh"meuhr/, n. 1. Baseball. See home run. 2. See homing pigeon. v.i. 3. Baseball. to hit a home run: The catcher homered in the ninth with one on to take the ...
/hoh"meuhr/, n. 1. 9th-century B.C. Greek epic poet: reputed author of the Iliad and Odyssey. 2. Winslow, 1836-1910, U.S. painter and illustrator. 3. a male given name. * * ...
Homer and Jethro
▪ American entertainers       American entertainers who appeared on radio and television as a popular country-music comedy team. Homer Haynes (original name Henry Doyle ...
Homer, Louise
▪ American singer née Louise Dilworth Beatty born April 30, 1871, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S. died May 6, 1947, Winter Park, Fla.       American opera singer, one of the ...
Homer, Winslow
born Feb. 24, 1836, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Sept. 29, 1910, Prouts Neck, Maine U.S. painter. He served an apprenticeship with a Boston lithographer, then became a freelance ...
Homer, Winslow. 1836-1910. American painter known for his realistic seascapes, such as Eight Bells (1886). * * *
home range n. The geographic area to which an organism normally confines its activity. * * *
—Homerically, adv. /hoh mer"ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or suggestive of Homer or his poetry. 2. of heroic dimensions; grand; imposing: Homeric feats of ...
Homeric Hymns
      collection of 34 ancient Greek poems in heroic hexameters, all addressed to gods. Though ascribed in antiquity to Homer, the poems actually differ widely in date and ...
Homeric laughter
loud, hearty laughter, as of the gods. * * *
Homeric simile.
See epic simile. * * *
See Homeric. * * *
Homeric simile n. See epic simile. * * *
▪ historical clan Latin  Homeridae,  Greek  Homerìdai        a historical clan on the Aegean island of Chios, whose members claimed to be descendants of the ...
/hohm"roohm', -room'/, n. 1. a classroom in which pupils in the same grade or division of a grade meet at certain times under the supervision of a teacher, who takes attendance ...
home rule n. The principle or practice of self-government in the internal affairs of a dependent country or other political unit. * * *
home run n. Baseball Abbr. HR A hit that allows the batter to make a complete circuit of the diamond and score a run. * * *
Homes and Gardens
a British magazine published every month, which contains articles on house decorating, gardening and other subjects. It first appeared in 1919. * * *
home·school or home-school (hōmʹsko͞olʹ) v. home·schooled, home·school·ing, home·schools v. tr. To instruct (a pupil, for example) in an educational program outside of ...
See homeschool. * * *
/hohm"skooh'ling/, n. the practice of teaching one's own children at home. [1985-90] * * *
—homesickness, n. /hohm"sik'/, adj. sad or depressed from a longing for home or family while away from them for a long time. [1790-1800; HOME + SICK1] * * *
See homesick. * * *
/hohm"suyt'/, n. 1. a plot of land for a home. 2. the home on such a plot of land. [1910-15; HOME + SITE] * * *
/hohm"spun'/, adj. 1. spun or made at home: homespun cloth. 2. made of such cloth: homespun clothing. 3. plain; unpolished; unsophisticated; simple; rustic: homespun humor. n. 4. ...
/hohm"stawl'/, n. Brit. 1. Dial. a farmyard. 2. Obs. a homestead. [bef. 1000; ME homstal, OE hamsteall. See HOME, STALL1] * * *
☆ homestand [hōm′stand΄ ] n. Sports any number of consecutive games played at a team's home field * * * home stand n. A succession of games played especially by a baseball ...
/hohm"sted, -stid/, n. 1. a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt. 2. any dwelling ...
/hohm"sted, -stid/, n. a town in S Florida. 20,668. * * * (as used in expressions) Homestead Movement Homestead National Monument Homestead Strike * * * ▪ Florida, United ...
Homestead Act
a special act of Congress (1862) that made public lands in the West available to settlers without payment, usually in lots of 160 acres, to be used as farms. * * *
homestead law
1. any law exempting homesteads from seizure or sale for debt. 2. any law making public lands available to settlers to be used as farms. 3. any of various state laws granting ...
Homestead Movement
Mid-19th-century drive for free land in the U.S. Midwest, Great Plains, and West. It began in the 1830s as labourers and reformers joined farmers in calling for public land to ...
Homestead National Monument
Memorial, southeastern Nebraska, U.S. Established in 1936 as a memorial to the hardships of pioneer life, it is the site of the first claim under the Homestead Act of 1862 and ...
Homestead National Monument of America
▪ monument, Beatrice, Nebraska, United States       area in southeastern Nebraska, U.S., just west of Beatrice, established in 1936 as a memorial emblematic of the ...
Homestead Strike
U.S. labour strike at Andrew Carnegie's steelworks in Homestead, Pa. , in July 1892. When the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers went on strike following a wage ...
Home·stead Act (hōmʹstĕd') n. An act passed by Congress in 1862 promising ownership of a 160-acre tract of public land to a citizen or head of a family who had resided on ...
/hohm"sted'euhr/, n. 1. the owner or holder of a homestead. 2. a settler under the Homestead Act. [1860-65, Amer.; HOMESTEAD + -ER1] * * *
/hohm"sted'ing/, n. 1. an act or instance of establishing a homestead. 2. a federal program to improve deteriorating urban areas by offering abandoned or foreclosed houses to ...
homestead law n. Any of several laws passed in most states exempting a householder's homestead from attachment or forced sale to meet general debts. * * *
/hohm"strech"/, n. 1. the straight part of a racetrack from the last turn to the finish line. Cf. backstretch. 2. the final phase of any endeavor: The political campaign is in ...
home study n. A course of study in which instruction is offered at home, usually by mail. * * *
home theater n. A system of sophisticated electronic equipment for the presentation of theater-quality images and sound in the home. * * *
/hohm"town"/, n. 1. the town or city in which a person lives or was born, or from which a person comes. adj. 2. of or pertaining to a hometown: a hometown welcome. [1910-15, ...
home truth n. A key or basic truth, especially one that is discomforting to acknowledge. * * *
home video n. 1. A videotape that has been recorded on a personal videotape recorder. 2. The business of providing videotapes for viewing in the home. * * *
/hohm"weuhrd/, adv. 1. Also, homewards. toward home. adj. 2. directed toward home: his homeward way. [bef. 900; ME homward, OE hamweard. See HOME, -WARD] * * *
See homeward. * * *
/hohm"wood'/, n. 1. a city in central Alabama, near Birmingham. 21,271. 2. a city in NE Illinois. 19,724. * * *
/hohm"werrk'/, n. 1. schoolwork assigned to be done outside the classroom (distinguished from classwork). 2. paid work done at home, as piecework. 3. thorough preparatory study ...
/hohm"werr"keuhr, -werr'-/, n. 1. a person who works at home for pay, esp. a pieceworker. 2. houseworker. [1900-05; HOME + WORKER] * * *
—homeyness, hominess, n. /hoh"mee/, adj., homier, homiest. comfortably informal and inviting; cozy; homelike: a homey little inn. Also, homy. [1850-55; HOME + -Y1] Syn. See ...
See homey1. * * *
—homicidally, adv. /hom'euh suyd"l, hoh'meuh-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to homicide. 2. having a tendency to commit homicide. [1715-25; HOMICIDE + -AL1] * * *
See homicidal. * * *
/hom"euh suyd', hoh"meuh-/, n. 1. the killing of one human being by another. 2. a person who kills another; murderer. [1325-75; ME < MF < L homicidium a killing, homicida killer, ...
homie [hōm′ē] n. pl. homies Slang HOMEBOY * * *
—homiletically, adv. /hom'euh let"ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to preaching or to homilies. 2. of the nature of a homily. 3. of or pertaining to homiletics. Also, ...
See homiletic. * * *
/hom'euh let"iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the art of preaching; the branch of practical theology that treats of homilies or sermons. [1820-30; see HOMILETIC, -ICS] * * *
/ho mil"ee er'ee/, n., pl. homiliaries. a collection of homilies. [1835-45; < ML homiliarium < Gk homilí(a) HOMILY + L -arium -ARY] * * *
/hom"euh list/, n. a person who writes or delivers homilies. [1610-20; HOMIL(Y) + -IST] * * *
/hom"euh lee/, n., pl. homilies. 1. a sermon, usually on a Biblical topic and usually of a nondoctrinal nature. 2. an admonitory or moralizing discourse. 3. an inspirational ...
/hoh"ming/, adj. 1. capable of returning home, usually over a great distance: We saw the homing birds at dusk. 2. guiding or directing homeward or to a destination, esp. by ...
homing device
a mechanism incorporated into a guided missile, airplane, etc., that aims it toward its objective. [1930-35] * * *
homing pigeon
any pigeon used to carry messages and equipped by training and breeding to fly home, sometimes from great distances. [1885-90] * * *
hom·ing pigeon (hōʹmĭng) n. A pigeon trained to return to its home roost. * * *
/hom"euh nid/, n. Anthropol. any of the modern or extinct bipedal primates of the family Hominidae, including all species of the genera Homo and Australopithecus. See illus. in ...
▪ anthropological family       in zoology, one of the two living families of the ape superfamily Hominoidea, the other being the Hylobatidae ( gibbons). Hominidae ...
/hom"euh nuyn'/, adj. resembling or characteristic of humans. [1880-85; < L homin- (s. of homo) man (see HOMO) + -INE1] * * *
/hom'euh neuh zay"sheuhn/, n. the evolution of the human traits that set the genus Homo apart from its primate ancestors. [1950-55; < L homin- (s. of homo man (see HOMO) + ...
hominize [häm′ə nīz΄] vt. hominized, hominizing 〚< L homo (gen. hominis): see HOMO1 & -IZE〛 1. to alter (the earth, environment, etc.) to bring it into conformity with ...
/hom"euh noyd'/, n. Anthropol. a member of the biological superfamily Hominoidea, including all modern great apes and humans and a number of their extinct ancestors and ...
      in zoology, a superfamily of primates containing all the apes as well as human beings. All hominoids can stand or sit erect with great facility, and all share the ...
/hom"euh nee/, n. whole or ground hulled corn from which the bran and germ have been removed by bleaching the whole kernels in a lye bath (lye hominy) or by crushing and sifting ...
hominy grits
grits (def. 1). [1790-1800; Amer.] * * *

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