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HOME, noun [Gr. a house, a close place, or place or rest.]

1. A dwelling house; the house or place in which one resides. He was not at home

Then the disciples went away again to their own home John 20:10.

HOME is the sacred refuge of our life.

2. One's own country. Let affairs at home be well managed by the administration.

3. The place of constant residence; the seat.

Flandria, by plenty, made the home of war.

4. The grave; death; or a future state.

Man goeth to his long home Ecclesiastes 12:5.

5. The present state of existence.

Whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:6.

HOME, adjective Close; severe; poignant; as a home thrust.

HOME, adverb [This is merely elliptical; to being omitted.]

1. To one's own habitation; as in the phrases, go home come home bring home carry home

2. To one's own country. home is opposed to abroad, or in a foreign country. My brother will return home in the first ship from India.

3. Close; closely; to the point; as, this consideration comes home to our interest, that is, it nearly affects it. Drive the nail home that is, drive it close.

To haul home the top-sail sheets, in seamen's language, is to draw the bottom of the top-sail close to the yard-arm by means of the sheets.

An anchor is said to come home when it loosens from the ground by the violence of the wind or current, etc.