1. One's own dwelling place; the house in which one lives; especially, 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. "Our old home [England]"

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, especially, 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. The home base; he started for home. at home. At one's own house, or lodgings. In one's own town or country; as, peace abroad and at home. 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.

Synonyms: Tenement, house, dwelling, abode, domicile.

Origin: OE. Hom, ham, AS. Ham; akin to OS. Hem, D. & G. Heim, Sw. Hem, Dan. Hiem, Icel. Heimr abode, world, heima home, Goth. Haims village, Lith. Kemas, and perh. To Gr. Village, or to E. Hind a peasant; cf. Skr.kshma abode, place of rest, security, kshi to dwell.

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. Home base, 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.

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)

Home is often used in the formation of compound words, many of which need no special definition; as, home-brewed, home-built, home-grown, etc. To bring home. See Bring. To come home. To touch or affect personally. See Come.

To haul the clews close to the sheave hole.

<zoology> See Homelyn.

(01 Mar 1998)

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