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Hamas Tweet Definition of Hamas Like Definition of Hamas on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An Islamic fundamentalist organisation that presses for an independent Palestinian theocracy and opposes peace with Israel.
hamlet Tweet Definition of hamlet Like Definition of hamlet on Facebook
noun
  1. A small town
  2. A settlement smaller than a village
hammer and sickle Tweet Definition of hammer and sickle Like Definition of hammer and sickle on Facebook
noun
  1. in Soviet iconography, the symbols of industry and agriculture.
Hansard Tweet Definition of Hansard Like Definition of Hansard on Facebook
noun
  1. The official report of discussions in the British and some Commonwealth parliaments.
hegemony Tweet Definition of hegemony Like Definition of hegemony on Facebook
noun (hegemon, ies)
  1. (formal) Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one political group over a society or by one nation over others (e.g.: internationally among nation-states, and regionally over social classes, between languages or even culture).
The two political parties battled viciously for .
hew Tweet Definition of hew Like Definition of hew on Facebook
verb (hewing, hews, hewed or rarely , hewed or hewn)
  1. to chop away at; to whittle down; to mow down
  2. to complain about
  3. to act according to (usually followed by to)
Those who to this policy should be punished.
Hezbollah Tweet Definition of Hezbollah Like Definition of Hezbollah on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A radical political and military organization that arose after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon; often accused of terrorism.
HHS Tweet Definition of HHS Like Definition of HHS on Facebook
initialism
  1. Health and Human Services
hierarchy Tweet Definition of hierarchy Like Definition of hierarchy on Facebook
noun (hierarchies)
  1. A body of ruling officials organized in nested ranks.
  2. Any group of objects ranked so that every one but the topmost is subordinate to a specified one above it.
Highness Tweet Definition of Highness Like Definition of Highness on Facebook
noun (Highnesses)
  1. (with His, Her or Your) The title, and the form of address of a prince, princess or someone of equivalent rank.
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
Home Office Tweet Definition of Home Office Like Definition of Home Office on Facebook
nounhome, Home office, Office
  1. (British) The British government department responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales; headed by the Home Secretary
Home Secretary Tweet Definition of Home Secretary Like Definition of Home Secretary on Facebook
noun
  1. (British) The British cabinet minister, responsible for law and order, who is head of the Home Office
homestead Tweet Definition of homestead Like Definition of homestead on Facebook
noun
  1. a house and the curtilage
verb
  1. To acquire or settle on land as a homestead.
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.
hot spot Tweet Definition of hot spot Like Definition of hot spot on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, hotspot (geology))
(plural hot spots)
  1. (geology) the surface manifestation of a plume that rises from deep in the Earth"s mantle
  2. a dangerous place of violent political unrest
  3. a lively and entertaining place, such as a nightclub
  4. an area of radioactive contamination
  5. (genetics) the region of a gene in which there is higher than normal rate of mutation
  6. (computing) a location in which WiFi? Internet access is available
(wikipedia, hotspot (wifi))      
House Tweet Definition of House Like Definition of House on Facebook
proper nounthe house, House
  1. The House of Representatives.
House of Commons Tweet Definition of House of Commons Like Definition of House of Commons on Facebook
nounthe House of Commons (context, singulare tantum)category:English nouns
  1. The lower house of the UK and Canadian Houses of Parliament
House of Lords Tweet Definition of House of Lords Like Definition of House of Lords on Facebook
nounthe House of Lords (context, singulare tantum)category:English nouns
  1. The upper chamber of the UK Houses of Parliament
HR Tweet Definition of HR Like Definition of HR on Facebook
initialism
  1. Human Resources
  2. (baseball) the statistic for home runs
HUAC Tweet Definition of HUAC Like Definition of HUAC on Facebook
initialism (wikipedia, House Un-American Activities Committee)
  1. House Un-American Activities Committee
hustings Tweet Definition of hustings Like Definition of hustings on Facebook
noun (plural noun)
  1. a platform where candidates in an election give speeches
    • 1749: w:Henry Fielding, Henry Fielding, From This World to the Next
    • :I now mounted the , and, without any regard to decency or modesty, made as emphatical a speech in favour of the king as before I had done against him.
      1. (context, by extension) an election campaign
    • :Washington is awfully deserted now that every congressman is out on the .

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