- 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.
verb (used without object), homed, hom·ing.
verb (used with object), homed, hom·ing.
- 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.
- well-informed; 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.
- 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.
Origin of home
Examples from the Web for homes
I have two kids and the last thing we want is to see our kids being attacked in their own homes.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Adults prepare food and drink dark sweet tea on the doorsteps of their homes as they watch their children playing.
The villagers left their homes and hid in the forests for about a year.
The speech to the nation, which concludes Christmas dinner at homes up and down the country, has already been recorded.
They were forced to leave their homes, businesses and families behind, and old grudges against the Castro regime run deep.Aging Cuban Exiles And Their Lawmakers Bypassed by White House|Romina Ruiz-Goiriena|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The first are primarily social in purpose, and afford a place for the children of mothers who have to leave their homes for work.
It orders its servants to lay aside pity and burn peasants in their homes, to bayonet women and children, to shoot old men.Golden Lads|Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
As their homes by neglect have grown shabby and squalid, so their industry has become calculating and sordid.Change in the Village|(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Now that troops were quartered in their homes this state of things was speedily changed.Lafcadio Hearn|Nina H. Kennard
Beside palaces and the homes of great men, castles and religious houses once stood thickly along the banks of the river.The Thames|G. E. Mitton
British Dictionary definitions for homes (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for homes (2 of 2)
- a building or organization set up to care for orphans, the aged, etc
- an informal name for a mental home
- the objective towards which a player strives in certain sports
- an area where a player is safe from attack
- one of two positions of play nearest the opponents' goal
- a player assigned to such a positioninside home
- in one's own home or country
- at ease, as if at one's own home
- giving an informal party at one's own home
- British such a party
adjective (usually prenominal)
- to make clear to
- to place the blame on
Word Origin for home
Word Origin and History for homes (1 of 2)
Old English ham "dwelling, house, estate, village," from Proto-Germanic *haimaz (cf. Old Frisian hem "home, village," Old Norse heimr "residence, world," heima "home," Danish hjem, Middle Dutch heem, German heim "home," Gothic haims "village"), from PIE root *tkei- "to settle, dwell, be home" (cf. Sanskrit kseti "abides, dwells," Armenian shen "inhabited," Greek kome, Lithuanian kaimas "village;" Old Church Slavonic semija "domestic servants").
'Home' in the full range and feeling of [Modern English] home is a conception that belongs distinctively to the word home and some of its Gmc. cognates and is not covered by any single word in most of the IE languages. [Buck]
Home stretch (1841) is originally a reference from horse racing. Home base in baseball attested by 1859 (home plate by 1867; home as the goal in a sport or game is from 1778). Home economics first attested 1899. Slang phrase make (oneself) at home "become comfortable in a place one does not live" dates from 1892. To keep the home fires burning is from a song title from 1914. To be nothing to write home about "unremarkable" is from 1907. Home movie is from 1919; home computer is from 1967.
Word Origin and History for homes (1 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with homes
In addition to the idioms beginning with home
- home free
- home in on
- home run
- home truth
- at home
- bring home
- bring home the bacon
- chickens come home to roost
- close to home
Drive Homeeat someone out of house and homemake oneself at homenobody homenothing to write home abouttill the cows come home.