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hafiz Tweet Definition of hafiz Like Definition of hafiz on Facebook
noun 
  1. a Muslim who knows the Qur"an off by heart
  • 2001: He was a , one who knows the Qur"an by heart, and he sang it in a slow, simple chant. " Yann Martel, Life of Pi
     
haggard Tweet Definition of haggard Like Definition of haggard on Facebook
noun 
  1. (context, dialect, Manx, Hiberno) A stackyard, an enclosure on a farm for stacking grain, hay, etc. Used in w:Manx English, Manx English and w:Hiberno-English, Hiberno-English.
"He tuk a slew swerve round the haggard" http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/fulltext/am1924/pt_s.htm
adjective 
  1. Looking exhausted and unwell, in poor condition
  2. wild, Wild or untamed
     
hale Tweet Definition of hale Like Definition of hale on Facebook
noun 
  1. health, Health, welfare.
verb (hal, ing)
  1. To drag, pull, especially forcibly.
adjective (hal, er)
  1. sound, Sound, entire, healthy; robust, not impaired.
     
Halifax Tweet Definition of Halifax Like Definition of Halifax on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Provincial capital of Nova Scotia (Canada).
  2. An Industry , industrial center northeast of Manchester, England. Pop: 200,000.
     
Hall Tweet Definition of Hall Like Definition of Hall on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A British and Scandinavian topographic surname for someone who lived in or near a hall.
  2. A surname of German origin for someone associated with a salt mine.
     
Hamilton Tweet Definition of Hamilton Like Definition of Hamilton on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Scottish lowlands family name.
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname.
  3. Cities in Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, New Zealand and Scotland.
     
hammer Tweet Definition of hammer Like Definition of hammer on Facebook
noun 
  1. A tool with a heavy head and a handle used for pounding.
  2. A moving part of a firearm that strikes the firing pin to discharge a gun.
  3. (anatomy) The malleus.
  4. (music) In a piano or dulcimer, a piece of wood covered in felt that strikes the string.
  5. (sports) A device made of a heavy steel ball attached to a length of wire, and used for throwing.
  6. (curling) The last rock in an end.
  7. (context, Ultimate Frisbee) A frisbee throwing style in which the disc is held upside-down with a forehand grip and thrown above the head.
verb 
  1. To strike repeatedly with a hammer, some other implement, the fist, etc.
  2. (figuratively) To emphasize a point repeatedly.
  3. (sports) To hit particularly hard.
  4. To strike internally, as if hit by a hammer.
I could hear the engine"s valves hammering once the timing rod was thrown.
     
Hammond Tweet Definition of Hammond Like Definition of Hammond on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname derived from a Norman name
     
Hampton Tweet Definition of Hampton Like Definition of Hampton on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Any of several placenames in England and Scotland from Saxon words meaning homestead and enclosure
  2. An English and Scottish habitational surname from the placename
     
HAND Tweet Definition of HAND Like Definition of HAND on Facebook
initialism 
  1. Have a nice day.
     
handy Tweet Definition of handy Like Definition of handy on Facebook
adjective (handier, handiest)
  1. Easy to use, useful.
Some people regard duct tape as a fix-all.
  1. Nearby, within reach.
You wouldn"t have a screwdriver , would you?
     
hanks Tweet Definition of hanks Like Definition of hanks on Facebook
noun 
  1. (plural of, hank)
     
Hanna Tweet Definition of Hanna Like Definition of Hanna on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), a rare spelling variant of Hannah.
  2. A surname based on the female name Hannah.
     
Harding Tweet Definition of Harding Like Definition of Harding on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Irish surname, originally a patronymic from Hard
     
Hardy Tweet Definition of Hardy Like Definition of Hardy on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Common English surname.
  2. English novelist and poet, w:Thomas Hardy, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).
     
harper Tweet Definition of harper Like Definition of harper on Facebook
noun 
  1. A harpist.
     
Harris Tweet Definition of Harris Like Definition of Harris on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Welsh patronymic surname derived from Harry, the pet form of Henry
  2. w:Harris, Harris, an island in the Outer Hebrides
     
Harrison Tweet Definition of Harrison Like Definition of Harrison on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A northern English patronymic surname derived from Harry
  2. A town in Arkansas
  3. (given name, male) derived from the surname.
     
Hart Tweet Definition of Hart Like Definition of Hart on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname related to the English word "heart", derived from Germanic origin like Hardt
     
Hartford Tweet Definition of Hartford Like Definition of Hartford on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Any of a number of placenames in England, variants of Hertford
  2. A habitational surname from these places
  3. The capital city of Connecticut
     
Harvard Tweet Definition of Harvard Like Definition of Harvard on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a city in Massachusetts
  2. a university in that city
     
Harvey Tweet Definition of Harvey Like Definition of Harvey on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Scottish surname derived from the Norman French given name Haerviu, from haer "battle" + vy "worthy".
  2. An Irish surname, derived from the Gaelic í hAirmheadhaigh or í hEarchaidh
  3. (given name, male) derived from the surname
     
Hastings Tweet Definition of Hastings Like Definition of Hastings on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a family name
  2. a place name
     
Hawkins Tweet Definition of Hawkins Like Definition of Hawkins on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English patronymic surname from the old personal name Hawkin
     
hawks Tweet Definition of hawks Like Definition of hawks on Facebook
noun 
  1. (plural of, hawk)
verb 
  1. (third-person singular of, hawk)
     
Hawthorne Tweet Definition of Hawthorne Like Definition of Hawthorne on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Scottish topographic or habitational surname for someone who lived near a hawthorn hedge or in a place with such a name.
     
hay Tweet Definition of hay Like Definition of hay on Facebook
noun 
  1. grass, Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
verb to hay
  1. To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
     
heath Tweet Definition of heath Like Definition of heath on Facebook
noun 
  1. any small evergreen shrub of the genus Erica
  2. a tract of level uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation; heathland
     
Heinz Tweet Definition of Heinz Like Definition of Heinz on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (context, poker slang) A five and a seven as starting cards in Texas hold 'em
     
held Tweet Definition of held Like Definition of held on Facebook
verb 
  1. (past of, hold)
     
Henderson Tweet Definition of Henderson Like Definition of Henderson on Facebook
noun 
  1. a surname
     
Henry Tweet Definition of Henry Like Definition of Henry on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male) popular in England since Middle Ages; name of eight kings.
     
Herbert Tweet Definition of Herbert Like Definition of Herbert on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male). Diminutive: Herb.
     
Herman Tweet Definition of Herman Like Definition of Herman on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male) rare after Middle Ages and revived in the 19th century, partly due to American immigrants from continental Europe where the name has been more popular.
     
hero Tweet Definition of hero Like Definition of hero on Facebook
noun 
  1. A real or mythical person of great bravery who carries out extraordinary deeds.
  2. A role model.
  3. The main protagonist in a work of fiction.
  4. A champion.
  5. A large sandwich made from meats and cheeses.
     
heron Tweet Definition of heron Like Definition of heron on Facebook
noun 
  1. A long-legged, long-necked wading bird of the family Ardeidae.
     
hertz Tweet Definition of hertz Like Definition of hertz on Facebook
noun (pl=hertz)
  1. In the International System of Units, the derived unit of frequency; one (period or cycle of any periodic event) per second. Symbol: Hz
     
Hesse Tweet Definition of Hesse Like Definition of Hesse on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. One of the component states of Germany according to the current administrative division of the nation.
     
Higgins Tweet Definition of Higgins Like Definition of Higgins on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An Irish surname from County Sligo.
     
Hilary Tweet Definition of Hilary Like Definition of Hilary on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male)
  2. (given name, female)
     
Hilbert Tweet Definition of Hilbert Like Definition of Hilbert on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a surname of German origin
     
Hill Tweet Definition of Hill Like Definition of Hill on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. w:Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill; the US Congress
  2. A British topographic surname for someone who lived on or by a hill
     
Hippocrates Tweet Definition of Hippocrates Like Definition of Hippocrates on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Greek physician, circa 5th century BCE, sometimes called the "father of medicine."
     
hiss Tweet Definition of hiss Like Definition of hiss on Facebook
noun 
  1. A sound made by a snake, cat, escaping steam, etc.
  2. An expression of disapproval made to sound like the noise of a snake.
verb (hisses, hissing, hissed)
  1. To make a hissing sound.
     
Hitler Tweet Definition of Hitler Like Definition of Hitler on Facebook
noun 
  1. (derogatory) A unnecessarily dictatorial person; a little Hitler
proper noun 
  1. A surname of Austrian origin. (alt. spellings Hí¼ttler, Hiedler, Hittler; probably related to Czech Hidlar / Hidlarcek)
  2. w:Adolf Hitler, Adolf Hitler, Third Reich leader of the the Nazi party and Chancellor and Fí¼hrer of Germany during World War II.
     
Hobart Tweet Definition of Hobart Like Definition of Hobart on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname.
  1. The state capital of Tasmania (Australia).
     
Hobby Tweet Definition of Hobby Like Definition of Hobby on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname.
     
Hodgkin Tweet Definition of Hodgkin Like Definition of Hodgkin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English surname derived from the pet form of the given name Hodge
     
hoe Tweet Definition of hoe Like Definition of hoe on Facebook
noun 
  1. An agricultural tool consisting of a long handle with a flat blade fixed perpendicular to it at the end, used for digging rows.
verb (hoe, d)
  1. To use the agricultural tool defined above.
Every year, I my garden for aeration.
I always take a shower after I in my garden.
     
Hoffman Tweet Definition of Hoffman Like Definition of Hoffman on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a German and Ashkenazic Jewish occupational surname for someone who was a steward on a farm or estate
     
holiday Tweet Definition of holiday Like Definition of holiday on Facebook
noun 
  1. A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.
  2. A day declared free from work by the government.
  3. A period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure.
  4. A period taken off work or study for travel.
  5. An unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted surface.<ref>Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/holiday (accessed: June 26, 2007).</ref>
verb 
  1. To take a period of time away from work or study.
  2. To spend a period of time for travel.
(trans-top, to take a period of time away from work or study)
  • Finnish: lomailla
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, to spend a period of time for travel)
  • Finnish: matkustella
    (trans-bottom)
     
Holland Tweet Definition of Holland Like Definition of Holland on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The Netherlands.
  2. A region of the Netherlands formed by two provinces: North Holland and South Holland.
     
holm Tweet Definition of holm Like Definition of holm on Facebook
noun 
  1. (italbrac, obsolete except in dialects) The holly.
  1. A common evergreen oak, of Europe, Quercus ilex; the holm oak.
     
Holmes Tweet Definition of Holmes Like Definition of Holmes on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a northern English surname, variant of Holme
  2. a Scottish habitational surname from the place near Dundonald
  3. w:Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes, fictional detective
     
Holt Tweet Definition of Holt Like Definition of Holt on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and north-west European topographic surname for someone who lived by a small wood
  2. A market town in Norfolk, England
     
home Tweet Definition of home Like Definition of home on Facebook
noun 
  1. One"s own dwelling place; the house or structure in which one lives; especially the house in which one lives with his family; the habitual abode of one"s family; also, one"s birthplace.
The disciples went away again to their own . "John xx. 10.
Home is the sacred refuge of our life. "Dryden.
Home! home! sweet, sweet ! There"s no place like . "Payne.
  1. One"s native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one"s ancestors dwell or dwelt.
Our old England. "Hawthorne.
  1. The place where a person was raised. childhood, Childhood or parental home. Home of one"s parents or guardian.
I left last year.
  1. The abiding place of the affections, especially of the domestic affections.
He entered in his house " his no more, For without hearts there is no . "Byron.
  1. The locality where a thing is usually found, or was first found, or where it is naturally abundant; habitat; seat.
the of the pine.
Her eyes are homes of silent prayer. "Tennyson.
Flandria, by plenty made the of war.'' "Prior.
  1. A place of refuge and rest; an asylum; as, a home for outcasts; a home for the blind; hence, especially, the grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.
Man goeth to his long , and the mourners go about the streets. "Eccl. xii.
  1. In various games, the ultimate point aimed at in a progress; the goal.
  2. (baseball) The plate at which the batter stands. The home base.
  3. (lacrosse) The place of a player in front of an opponent"s goal; also, the player.
verb (hom, ing)
  1. (usually with "in on") To seek or aim for something.
The missile was able to on the target.
adjective 
  1. Of or pertaining to one"s dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts.
  2. close, Close; personal; pointed; as, a home thrust.
adverb 
  1. To one"s home or country; as in the phrases, go home, come home, carry home.
  2. close, Close; closely.
'How the charge reaches us, has been made out. "South.
They come to men"s business and bosoms. "Bacon.
  1. To the place where it belongs; to the end of a course; to the full length.
to drive a nail
to ram a cartridge
Wear thy good rapier bare and put it . "Shak.
     
Homer Tweet Definition of Homer Like Definition of Homer on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Greek poet; author of the w:Iliad, Iliad and the w:Odyssey, Odyssey
  2. (given name, male)
     
hooch Tweet Definition of hooch Like Definition of hooch on Facebook
noun 
  1. (informal) Alcoholic liquor, especially inferior or illicit whisky.
  2. (context, military, _, slang) A thatch, thatched hut, or any simple dwelling.
     
hood Tweet Definition of hood Like Definition of hood on Facebook
noun 
  1. A covering such as worn over one"s head.
  2. A distinctively coloured fold of material, representing a university degree.
  3. An enclosure which protects something, especially from above.
  4. (context, automotive) A soft top of a convertible car or carriage.
  5. (context, US, automotive) The hinged cover over the engine of a motor car.
  6. (slang) gangster, Gangster, thug. Short for hoodlum.
  7. (slang) neighborhood, Neighborhood.
verb 
  1. To cover something with a hood.
adjective 
  1. Relating to inner-city everyday life, both positive and negative aspects; especially people"s attachment to and love for their neighborhoods.
     
Hooke Tweet Definition of Hooke Like Definition of Hooke on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. w:Robert Hooke, Robert Hooke (1635 " 1703), an English polymath who played an important role in the scientific revolution, through both experimental and theoretical work. His best remembered contribution was the discovery of the biological cell.
     
hooker Tweet Definition of hooker Like Definition of hooker on Facebook
noun 
  1. (slang) A prostitute
synonyms - see WikiSaurus:prostitute
  1. A small fishing boat.
  2. In rugby, a player who hooks the ball out of the scrum with his foot.
  3. A knitter.
  4. A person that hooks.
     
hooks Tweet Definition of hooks Like Definition of hooks on Facebook
noun 
  1. (plural of, hook)
verb 
  1. (third-person singular of, hook)
     
Hoover Tweet Definition of Hoover Like Definition of Hoover on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A brand of vacuum cleaner.
  2. A surname (shared by several famous people including w:J Edgar Hoover, J Edgar Hoover and w:Herbert Hoover, Herbert Hoover).
     
Hope Tweet Definition of Hope Like Definition of Hope on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female) from the virtue, like Faith and Charity first used by Puritans.
  2. An English and Scottish topographic surname for someone who lived in a hop, a small enclosed valley
  3. A town in Arkansas
  4. A town in British Columbia
     
Hopkins Tweet Definition of Hopkins Like Definition of Hopkins on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Welsh patronymic surname from Hopkin
     
hopper Tweet Definition of hopper Like Definition of hopper on Facebook
noun 
  1. a temporary storage bin, filled from the top and emptied from the bottom, often funnel-shaped.
  2. one who hops
  3. (context, localism, or, slang) a toilet's water tank/toilet seat (rfv-sense)
    • She got off the just as the phone rang.
      1. an artificial fishing lure
    • To catch a big fish, use a that jumps across the pond surface.
     
Horace Tweet Definition of Horace Like Definition of Horace on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Quintus Horatius Flaccus, a poet and philosopher of the Roman Augustan Age. Born 65 BCE in Venusia, died 27 November, 8 BCE in Rome. Horace was a contemporary and friend of Virgil. Although of low birth, Horace was admired by the Emperor Augustus and was offered, but refused, to become his private secretary.
  2. (given name, male)
     
Houdini Tweet Definition of Houdini Like Definition of Houdini on Facebook
noun 
  1. An escape artist.
proper noun 
  1. The magician and escape artist w:Harry Houdini, Harry Houdini.
     
hough Tweet Definition of hough Like Definition of hough on Facebook
noun 
  1. the hollow behind the knee
  • 1922: In the bright light, lightened and cooled in limb, he eyed carefully his black trousers, the ends, the knees, the houghs of the knees. " James Joyce, Ulysses
verb 
  1. (rfdef)
     
House Tweet Definition of House Like Definition of House on Facebook
proper noun the house, House
  1. The House of Representatives.
     
Howard Tweet Definition of Howard Like Definition of Howard on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname
  2. (given name, male). Short form: Howie
     
Howe Tweet Definition of Howe Like Definition of Howe on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English topographic surname for someone who lived by a small hill
     
Hubble Tweet Definition of Hubble Like Definition of Hubble on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname derived from the Norman French name Hubald
  1. (astronomy) The astronomer w:Edwin Hubble, Edwin Powell Hubble.
  2. (astronomy) The w:Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope.
     
Hudson Tweet Definition of Hudson Like Definition of Hudson on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (rivers) A river in America that flows through New York into the Atlantic Ocean.
     
Hughes Tweet Definition of Hughes Like Definition of Hughes on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Welsh and English patronymic surname derived from the given name Hugh
  2. A Welsh surname; a variant of Howells
     
Hugo Tweet Definition of Hugo Like Definition of Hugo on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), latinized form of Hugh.
     
Hull Tweet Definition of Hull Like Definition of Hull on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Any of various cities in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States (see the Wikipedia article).
     
Humphrey Tweet Definition of Humphrey Like Definition of Humphrey on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male).
     
Hunt Tweet Definition of Hunt Like Definition of Hunt on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English occupational surname for a hunter (for game, birds etc)
     
Hunter Tweet Definition of Hunter Like Definition of Hunter on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An occupational surname for a hunter.
  2. (given name, male) derived from the surname.
     
Huntington Tweet Definition of Huntington Like Definition of Huntington on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Huntington, West Virginia)
  1. an English habitational surname for someone who lived at any of several places whose name is derived from hunta, hunter, especially from Huntingdon
  2. A city in West Virginia, United States
     
hurst Tweet Definition of hurst Like Definition of hurst on Facebook
noun 
  1. A wood or grove.
     
Hussein Tweet Definition of Hussein Like Definition of Hussein on Facebook
noun 
  1. An Arabic surname
(pedialite)      
Huxley Tweet Definition of Huxley Like Definition of Huxley on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English habitational surname from a place in Cheshire
  2. w:Thomas Henry Huxley, Thomas Henry Huxley English biologist
  3. w:Aldous Leonard Huxley, Aldous Leonard Huxley English writer
     
Hyde Tweet Definition of Hyde Like Definition of Hyde on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English topographic surname for someone living on a hide of land
     

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