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General Science

  • noun a place where a person or animal lives
  • noun an environment or habitat

Computing

  • noun a starting point or the initial point

Cricket

  • noun the area between the striker’s wicket and the popping crease, considered as the batsman’s own territory within which he is safe from being stumped or run out; the batsman’s ‘ground’
    Citation ‘When the ball has been in hand by one of the Keepers, or Stoppers, and the player has been at Home, he may go where he pleases till the next Ball is bowl’d’ (Laws 1744)
    Citation ‘They were going along very nicely indeed when a smart pick-up and return by Armstrong compelled Arnold to do his best to get home’ (Melbourne Argus 19 January 1904)

Electronics

  • To navigate towards a given location, or approach a scanned object through homing (1).
  • To return to a starting position, as might occur in the case of a stepping relay.
  • A starting location, such as the upper left hand of a computer screen, or a home page.

Politics

  • noun someone’s country of origin, or the country where a company is based

Real Estate

  • noun a family or any other group that lives together

Sports

  • noun in many games, the place or point that must be hit in order to score or reached in order to be safe from attack

Origin & History of “home”

Old English hām meant ‘place where one lives, house, village’. The last of these survives only in place-names (such as Birmingham, Fulham), and it is the ‘house, abode’ sense that has come through into modern English home. Its ancestor was prehistoric Germanic *khaim-, which also produced German heim, Dutch heem, Swedish hem, and Danish hjem. It is not clear where this came from, although some have connected it with Latin civis ‘citizen’.
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