WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- like or suggestive of home;
- home + -like 1810–20
- See homely.
- a house or apartment that is the usual place where one lives: [countable]bought a retirement home in Florida.[uncountable]He left home at six o'clock.
- the place in which one's family life and affections are centered:[uncountable]thinking of home.
- a person's own country:[uncountable]When we were in Uganda, we longed to hear the news from home.
- the place or region where something comes from or is most common:[countable]Alaska is the home of Kodiak bears.
- headquarters:[countable]The company's home is in Detroit.
- an institution for people with special needs:[countable]a nursing home.
- Sport[uncountable] home plate.
adj. [before a noun]
- of, relating to, or done or made in one's home or country;
- principal:the corporation's home office.
- Sportplayed in a team's own area:a home game.
- to, toward, or at home:I want to go home.
to the heart:The truth struck home.
- to the point aimed at:He drove the nail home.
- Rocketryhome in (on), [~ + in (on) + object] to go or move toward a specified target:The missile homed in on the target.
- Idiomsat home:
- in one's own house or place of residence:It was good to be at home again.
at ease:Make yourself at home.
knowledgeable about a subject:a scholar at home in the classics.
- Idiomsbring home, to make clearly evident: [ ~ + home + obj]:That defeat brought home to the team an awareness that they needed to practice.[ ~ + obj + home]:That defeat brought it home to me.
- Idiomshome free, in a position assured of success or out of danger or jeopardy:Once we're past the guards we'll be home free.
- Note that the word home usually does not take the preposition to:I went home. I started home.
- a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household.
- the place in which one's domestic affections are centered.
- an institution for the homeless, sick, etc.:a nursing home.
- the dwelling place or retreat of an animal.
- the place or region where something is native or most common.
- any place of residence or refuge:a heavenly home.
- a person's native place or own country.
- (in games) the destination or goal.
- a principal base of operations or activities:The new stadium will be the home of the local football team.
- Sport[Baseball.]See home plate.
- Sport[Lacrosse.]one of three attack positions nearest the opposing goal.
- Idiomsat home:
- in one's own house or place of residence.
- in one's own town or country.
- prepared or willing to receive social visits:Tell him I'm not at home. We are always at home to her.
- in a situation familiar to one;
at ease:She has a way of making everyone feel at home.
proficient:to be at home in the classics.
- played in one's hometown or on one's own grounds:The Yankees played two games at home and one away.
- of, pertaining to, or connected with one's home or country;
- principal or main:the corporation's home office.
- reaching the mark aimed at:a home thrust.
- Sportplayed in a ball park, arena, or the like, that is or is assumed to be the center of operations of a team:The pitcher didn't lose a single home game all season.Cf. away (def. 14).
- to, toward, or at home:to go home.
to the heart:The truth of the accusation struck home.
- to the mark or point aimed at:He drove the point home.
- Nautical, Naval Terms
- into the position desired;
perfectly or to the greatest possible extent:sails sheeted home.
- in the proper, stowed position:The anchor is home.
- toward its vessel:to bring the anchor home.
- into the position desired;
- Idiomsbring home to, to make evident to;
clarify or emphasize for:The irrevocability of her decision was brought home to her.
- British Terms, Idiomshome and dry, having safely achieved one's goal.
- Idiomshome free:
- assured of finishing, accomplishing, succeeding, etc.:If we can finish more than half the work today, we'll be home free.
- certain to be successfully finished, accomplished, secured, etc.:With most of the voters supporting it, the new law is home free.
- Idiomswrite home about, to comment especially on;
remark on:The town was nothing to write home about. His cooking is really something to write home about.
- to go or return home.
- Aeronautics(of guided missiles, aircraft, etc.) to proceed, esp. under control of an automatic aiming mechanism, toward a specified target, as a plane, missile, or location (often fol. by in on):The missile homed in on the target.
- Aeronauticsto navigate toward a point by means of coordinates other than those given by altitudes.
- to have a home where specified;
- to bring or send home.
- to provide with a home.
- Aeronauticsto direct, esp. under control of an automatic aiming device, toward an airport, target, etc.
- bef. 900; Middle English hom, Old English hām (noun, nominal and adverb, adverbial); cognate with Dutch heim, Old Norse heimr, Danish hjem, Swedish hem, German Heim home, Gothic haims village; akin to haunt
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged abode, dwelling, habitation;
domicile. See house.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hearth, fireside.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged asylum.
Home (hyo̅o̅m),USA pronunciation n.
- BiographicalLord. See Douglas-Home.