home:  noun, adjective, adverb, and verb, idiom


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 domestic affections are centered.
3.an institution for the homeless, sick, etc.: a nursing home.
4. the dwelling place or retreat of an animal.
5. the place or region where something is native or most common.


6. of, pertaining to, or connected with one’s home or country; domestic: home products.


7. to, toward, or at home: to go home.
8. deep; to the heart: The truth of the accusation struck home.
9 Nautical.a.into the position desired; perfectly or to the greatest possible extent: sails sheeted home. b. in the proper, stowed position: The anchor is home.

c. toward its vessel: to bring the anchor home.
verb (used without object)

10. to go or return home.
11. to have a home where specified; reside.
verb (used with object)

12. to bring or send home.
13. to provide with a home.
14. at home,

a. in one’s own house or place of residence.
b. in one’s own town or country.
c. prepared or willing to receive social visits: Tell him I’m not at home. We are always at home to her.
d.in a situation familiar to one; at ease: She has a way of making everyone feel at home.

e.write home about, to comment especially on; remark on: The town was nothing to write home about.


In the military it is common to refer to home as the place where your “stuff” is. Ask a Soldier or Sailor or any other member of the Service where he or she is from, and you may be asked in return, “When?” Military Brats may remember their bedroom windows as looking out on a Japanese garden, or a German village street, or a Florida palm tree, or a snow-capped Alaskan mountain. Such students most likely attended four or five or six different schools en route to a high school diploma. A military spouse will recall having yard sales every year or two to in preparation to move the family to the next assignment.  Home is new neighborhoods and neighbors. Home is in many places and takes many forms. Home is a waypoint, a state of mind.

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