Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Home-speaking noun Direct, forcible, and effective speaking. Milton.
Homer noun (Zoology) A carrier pigeon remarkable for its ability to return home from a distance.
Homer noun [ Hebrew khōmer .] A Hebrew measure containing, as a liquid measure, ten baths, equivalent to fifty-five gallons, two quarts, one pint; and, as a dry measure, ten ephahs, equivalent to six bushels, two pecks, four quarts. [ Written also chomer , gomer .]
Homeric adjective [ Latin Homericus , Greek "Omhriko`s .] Of or pertaining to Homer, the most famous of Greek poets; resembling the poetry of Homer. Homeric verse , hexameter verse; -- so called because used by Homer in his epics.
Homesick adjective Pining for home; in a nostalgic condition. -- Home"sick`ness , noun
1. Spun or wrought at home; of domestic manufacture; coarse; plain. " Homespun country garbs." W. Irving. 2. Plain in manner or style; not elegant; rude; coarse. "Our homespun English proverb." Dryden. "Our homespun authors." Addison.
1. Cloth made at home; as, he was dressed in homespun . 2. An unpolished, rustic person. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Homestall noun [ Anglo-Saxon hāmsteall .] Place of a home; homestead. Cowper.
[ Anglo-Saxon hāmstede
.] 1. The home place; a home and the inclosure or ground immediately connected with it. Dryden. 2. The home or seat of a family; place of origin.
We can trace them back to a homestead on the Rivers Volga and Ural. W. Tooke. 3. (Law) The home and appurtenant land and buildings owned by the head of a family, and occupied by him and his family. Homestead law
. (a) A law conferring special privileges or exemptions upon owners of homesteads; esp., a law exempting a homestead from attachment or sale under execution for general debts. Such laws, with limitations as to the extent or value of the property, exist in most of the States. Called also homestead exemption law . (b) Also, a designation of an Act of Congress authorizing and regulating the sale of public lands, in parcels of 160 acres each, to actual settlers.
Homesteader noun One who has entered upon a portion of the public land with the purpose of acquiring ownership of it under provisions of the homestead law, so called; one who has acquired a homestead in this manner. [ Local, U.S.]
Homeward adjective Being in the direction of home; as, the homeward way.
Homeward, Homewards adverb [ Anglo-Saxon hāmweard .] Toward home; in the direction of one's house, town, or country. Homeward bound , bound for home; going homeward; as, the homeward bound fleet.
Homicidal adjective Pertaining to homicide; tending to homicide; murderous.
[ French, from Latin homicidium
, from homicida
a man slayer; homo
man + caedere
to cut, kill. See Homage
, and confer Concise
, transitive verb
] 1. The killing of one human being by another.
is of three kinds: justifiable
, as when the killing is performed in the exercise of a right or performance of a duty; excusable
, as when done, although not as duty or right, yet without culpable or criminal intent; and felonious
, or involving what the law terms malice; the latter may be either manslaughter or murder. Bouvier. 2. One who kills another; a manslayer. Chaucer. Shak.
Homiform adjective [ Latin homo man + -form .] In human form. [ Obsolete] Cudworth.
Homilete noun A homilist.
Homiletic, Homiletical adjective
[ Greek ...: confer French homilétique
. See Homily
.] 1. Of or pertaining to familiar intercourse; social; affable; conversable; companionable.
His virtues active, chiefly, and homiletical , not those lazy, sullen ones of the cloister. Atterbury. 2. Of or pertaining to homiletics; hortatory.
Homiletics noun [ Confer French homilétique .] The art of preaching; that branch of theology which treats of homilies or sermons, and the best method of preparing and delivering them.
Homilist noun One who prepares homilies; one who preaches to a congregation.
Homilite noun [ From Greek ... to be in company with.] (Min.) A borosilicate of iron and lime, near datolite in form and composition.
; plural Homilies
. [ Late Latin homilia
, Greek ... communion, assembly, converse, sermon, from ... an assembly, from ... same; confer ... together, and ... crowd, confer ... to press: confer French homélie
. See Same
.] 1. A discourse or sermon read or pronounced to an audience; a serious discourse. Shak. 2. A serious or tedious exhortation in private on some moral point, or on the conduct of life.
As I have heard my father Byron. Book of Homilies
Deal out in his long homilies .
. A collection of authorized, printed sermons, to be read by ministers in churches, esp. one issued in the time of Edward VI., and a second, issued in the reign of Elizabeth; -- both books being certified to contain a "godly and wholesome doctrine."
Homing adjective Home-returning; -- used specifically of carrier pigeons.
Homing p.a. Home- returning. Homing pigeon , a pigeon trained to return home from a distance. Homing pigeons are used for sending back messages or for flying races. By carrying the birds away and releasing them at gradually increasing distances from home, they may be trained to return with more or less certainty and promptness from distances up to four or five hundred miles. If the distance is increased much beyond this, the birds are unable to cover it without stopping for a prolonged rest, and their return becomes doubtful. Homing pigeons are not bred for fancy points or special colors, but for strength, speed, endurance, and intelligence or homing instinct.
Hominy noun [ From North American Indian auhúminea parched corn.] Maize hulled and broken, and prepared for food by being boiled in water. [ U.S.] [ Written also homony .]
Homish adjective Like a home or a home circle.
Quiet, cheerful, homish hospital life. E. E. Hale.
Hommock noun A small eminence of a conical form, of land or of ice; a knoll; a hillock. See Hummock . Bartram.
Hommocky adjective Filled with hommocks; piled in the form of hommocks; -- said of ice.
Homo- A combining form from Greek "omo`s , one and the same , common , joint .
Homocategoric adjective [ Homo- + categoric .] (Biol.) Belonging to the same category of individuality; -- a morphological term applied to organisms so related.
Homocentric adjective [ Greek ...: ... the same + ... center: confer French homocentrique .] Having the same center.
Homocercal adjective [ Homo- + Greek ... tail.] (Zoology) Having the tail nearly or quite symmetrical, the vertebral column terminating near its base; -- opposed to heterocercal .
Homocercy noun (Zoology) The possession of a homocercal tail.
Homocerebrin noun [ Homo- + rebrin .] (Physiol. Chem.) A body similar to, or identical with, cerebrin.
Homochromous adjective [ Homo- + Greek ... color.] (Botany) Having all the florets in the same flower head of the same color.
Homodemic adjective [ Homo- + 1st deme , 2.] (Biol.) A morphological term signifying development, in the case of multicellular organisms, from the same unit deme or unit of the inferior orders of individuality.
Homodermic adjective (Biol.) Relating to homodermy; originating from the same germ layer.
Homodermy noun [ Homo- + -derm .] (Biol.) Homology of the germinal layers.
Homodont adjective [ Homo- + Greek ..., ..., a tooth.] (Anat.) Having all the teeth similar in front, as in the porpoises; -- opposed to heterodont .
Homodromal, Homodromous adjective [ Homo- + Greek ... a course, running.]
1. (Botany) Running in the same direction; -- said of stems twining round a support, or of the spiral succession of leaves on stems and their branches. 2. (Mech.) Moving in the same direction; -- said of a lever or pulley in which the resistance and the actuating force are both on the same side of the fulcrum or axis.
Homodynamic adjective Homodynamous. Quain.
Homodynamous adjective (Biol.) Pertaining to, or involving, homodynamy; as, successive or homodynamous parts in plants and animals.
[ Greek ... of like power; ... the same + ... power.] (Biol.) The homology of metameres. See Metamere . Gegenbaur.
Homogamous adjective [ Greek ... married together; ... the same + ... marriage.] (Botany) Having all the flowers alike; -- said of such composite plants as Eupatorium, and the thistels.
Homogamy noun (Botany) The condition of being homogamous.
Homogangliate adjective [ Homo- + gangliate .] (Zoology) Having the ganglia of the nervous system symmetrically arranged, as in certain invertebrates; -- opposed to heterogangliate .
Homogene adjective [ Confer French homogène .] Homogeneous. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Homogeneal adjective Homogeneous.
Homogenealness noun Homogeneousness.
[ Greek ...; ... the same + ... race, kind: confer French homogène
. See Same
, and Kin
.] 1. Of the same kind of nature; consisting of similar parts, or of elements of the like nature; -- opposed to heterogeneous ; as, homogeneous particles, elements, or principles; homogeneous bodies. 2. (Alg.) Possessing the same number of factors of a given kind; as, a homogeneous polynomial.