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H Tweet Definition of H Like Definition of H on Facebook
noun 
  1. (slang) A street term for heroin.
     
hallelujah Tweet Definition of hallelujah Like Definition of hallelujah on Facebook
noun 
  1. A shout of "Hallelujah".
  2. (plural) General praise.
     
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.
     
harmonic Tweet Definition of harmonic Like Definition of harmonic on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Pertaining to harmony.
  2. Pleasant to hear; harmonious; melodious.
     
harmonica Tweet Definition of harmonica Like Definition of harmonica on Facebook
noun 
  1. a musical wind instrument with a series of holes for the player to blow into, each hole producing a different note
  2. a musical instrument, consisting of a series of hemispherical glasses which, by touching the edges with the dampened finger, give forth the tones.
  3. a toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two tapes, and struck with hammers.
     
harmonicon Tweet Definition of harmonicon Like Definition of harmonicon on Facebook
noun 
  1. (dated),(music) the harmonica
     
harmonium Tweet Definition of harmonium Like Definition of harmonium on Facebook
noun 
  1. (music) A small keyboard instrument consisting of a series of reed pipes which sound when air is allowed to pass through them by means of a valve that opens when a key is depressed.
     
Harp Tweet Definition of Harp Like Definition of Harp on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname.
     
harper Tweet Definition of harper Like Definition of harper on Facebook
noun 
  1. A harpist.
     
harpist Tweet Definition of harpist Like Definition of harpist on Facebook
noun 
  1. A person who plays a harp.
     
harpsichord Tweet Definition of harpsichord Like Definition of harpsichord on Facebook
noun 
  1. (musici) An instrument with a piano-like keyboard, which produces sound by plucking the strings
     
Head Tweet Definition of Head Like Definition of Head on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname.
     
heel Tweet Definition of heel Like Definition of heel on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Heel, Heel (part of the foot))
  1. (anatomy) Part of the foot on the backside where it becomes the leg.
  2. The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.
  3. On a long firearm, the back upper part of the stock.
  4. The last or lowest part of anything; as, the heel of a mast or the heel of a vessel.
  5. A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
  6. A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.
  7. (nautical) The tilt of a ship to one side; also, the degree of such a tilt.
verb 
  1. To follow at somebody's heels; to chase closely.
     
helicon Tweet Definition of helicon Like Definition of helicon on Facebook
noun 
  1. (music) A large tuba whose coils fit around the player's shoulders
     
heterophony Tweet Definition of heterophony Like Definition of heterophony on Facebook
noun (heterophon, ies)
  1. (music) The simultaneous performance, by a number of singers or musicians of two or more versions of the same melody or of two or more melodies of differing character. Frequently, one part shadows and embellishes another part.
     
hexachord Tweet Definition of hexachord Like Definition of hexachord on Facebook
noun 
  1. (music) Any set of six pitch classes, half of the aggregate or full chromatic (DeLone? et. al. (Eds.), 1975, chap. 6). (rfc, music definition needs rewritten because the current one is copyrighted)
     
high-pitched Tweet Definition of high-pitched Like Definition of high-pitched on Facebook
adjective ((compar) higher-pitched or more high-pitched, (superl) highest-pitched or most high-pitched)
  1. Of a sound, having a comparatively high pitch.
     
hoedown Tweet Definition of hoedown Like Definition of hoedown on Facebook
noun 
  1. A type of American folk or square dance.
John and Susie went to the square dance and did the hoedown.
  1. The location or gathering at which such a dance takes place.
We have to get to the hoedown before noon, or we'll be late.
     
hold Tweet Definition of hold Like Definition of hold on Facebook
noun 
  1. A grasp or grip.
Keep a firm on the handlebars.
  1. Something reserved or kept.
We have a here for you.
  1. (italbrac, wrestling) A position or grip used to control the opponent.
He got him in a tight and pinned him to the mat.
  1. (nautical) The cargo area of a ship, (often cargo hold).
Put that in the .
  1. (italbrac, gambling) The percentage the house wins on a gamble.
verb (holds, holding, held, held or rarely holden)
  1. (transitive) To grasp or grip.
Hold the pencil like this.
  1. (transitive) To contain or store.
This package holds six bottles.
  1. (transitive) To have and keep possession of something.
Hold my coat for me.
  1. (transitive) To reserve.
Hold a table for us at 7:00.
  1. (transitive) To cause to wait or delay.
Hold the elevator.
  1. (transitive) To detain.
Hold the suspect in this cell.
     
homophonic Tweet Definition of homophonic Like Definition of homophonic on Facebook
adjective 
  1. (linguistics) having the same sound; being homophones
  2. (music) having a single, accompanied, melodic line; not polyphonic
     
honor Tweet Definition of honor Like Definition of honor on Facebook
noun 
  1. An objectification of praiseworthiness, respect. (I.e. something that represents praiseworthiness, respect.)
  2. The center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon.
  3. An ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit in bridge.
  4. The privilege of playing first from the tee in golf.
verb 
  1. (transitive) To show respect for (a person).
  2. (transitive) To conform to, abide by, act in accordance with (an agreement, request, or the like).
     
hootenanny Tweet Definition of hootenanny Like Definition of hootenanny on Facebook
noun (hootenannies)
  1. (context, chiefly, US) An informal, festive performance by folk singers, often including audience participation.
  2. A gadget or gizmo; an unidentified device.
     
hora Tweet Definition of hora Like Definition of hora on Facebook
noun Hora
  1. A Romanian and Israeli folk dance.
     
horn Tweet Definition of horn Like Definition of horn on Facebook
noun (horns, -)
  1. (countable) A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals.
  2. (uncountable) The hard substance from which animals' horns are made, sometimes used by man as a material for making various objects.
an umbrella with a handle made of
  1. (countable) Any of several musical wind instruments.
  2. (countable) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.
hunting
  1. (countable) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
  2. (countable) A conical device used to direct waves.
antenna
loudspeaker
  1. (context, informal, countable) Generally, any brass wind instrument.
  2. (context, slang, countable, from the horn-shaped earpieces of old communication systems that used air tubes) A telephone.
  3. (context, uncountable, coarse, slang, definite article) An erection of the penis.
  4. (context, countable, coarse, slang, definite article) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "to navigate around the horn."
     
hornpipe Tweet Definition of hornpipe Like Definition of hornpipe on Facebook
noun 
  1. A musical instrument consisting of a wooden pipe, with holes at intervals.
  2. A solo dance commonly associated with seamen, involving kicking of the legs, with the arms mostly crossed.
  3. Music played to the hornpipe dance
     
hostess Tweet Definition of hostess Like Definition of hostess on Facebook
noun 
  1. A female host.
  2. A female innkeeper.
  3. stewardess, Stewardess: a woman steward on an airplane.
     
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)
     
hurdy-gurdy Tweet Definition of hurdy-gurdy Like Definition of hurdy-gurdy on Facebook
noun (hurdy-gurdies)
  1. (music) A medieval stringed instrument which has a droning sound. One hand turns a handle connected to a wheel which vibrates the strings, while the other hand plays a keyboard to alter the pitch.
  2. (music) A barrel organ.
     
hymn Tweet Definition of hymn Like Definition of hymn on Facebook
noun (plural: hymns)
  1. a song of praise or worship
     
hymnal Tweet Definition of hymnal Like Definition of hymnal on Facebook
noun 
  1. A collection of hymns; a hymn book.
     
hymnist Tweet Definition of hymnist Like Definition of hymnist on Facebook
noun 
  1. a writer of hymns
     
hymnody Tweet Definition of hymnody Like Definition of hymnody on Facebook
noun (hymnod, ies, -)
  1. (uncountable) The writing, composing, or singing of hymns or psalms.
     

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