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1. the environment or habitat of a person or animal
a. a building or organization set up to care for orphans, the aged, etc.
b. an informal name for a mental home
3. Sport one's own ground
a. the objective towards which a player strives in certain sports
b. an area where a player is safe from attack
5. Lacrosse
a. one of two positions of play nearest the opponents' goal
b. a player assigned to such a position
6. Baseball another name for home plate
7. Sport relating to one's own ground


Baron. See (Baron) Home of the Hirsel
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

What does it mean when you dream about a home?

Independence and dependency mark the feelings of going home. Home also represents security issues and childlike desires that need to be fulfilled. (See also Mansion).

The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.


(computer science)
The location at the upper left-hand corner of an electronic display.
To return to the starting position, as in a stepping relay or turning motor.
To navigate toward a point by maintaining constant some navigational parameter other than altitude.
To travel to a target by guidance of heat radiation, radar echoes, radio waves, sound waves, laser beams, or other phenomena reflected from or originating in the target, as in homing missiles and homing torpedoes.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


To follow a path of energy waves, especially radio or radar waves, by means of a directional antenna, radar equipment, or other sensing devices, to or toward the point of transmission or reflection of the waves.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

Facebook Home

A Facebook "social overlay" for an Android smartphone. Introduced in 2013, Home was preloaded on selected phones and available for others in the Google Play store. Facebook Home puts Facebook front and center as the user interface. The home screen ("Cover Feed") shows posts from the user's News Feed. In 2013, Home became available for certain HTC and Samsung phones, and the HTC First from AT&T was the first phone preloaded with Home.

After one month on the market, Home did not garner accolades, except from the Facebook faithful. AT&T lowered the price of the HTC First from $99 to 99 cents, and Google Play Store reviews were not impressive. A subsequent update made Home less unique. See Facebook.

Google Home

Google's counterpart to Amazon's Echo. Announced in 2016, Home is a virtual assistant and wireless speaker that streams music via YouTube Music (previously Google Play Music). Home can be used to control lights and other household devices and also connect to other Home speakers in different rooms. Like Echo, Home is a stand-alone device that is placed in a convenient location in the home. Google Home was one of the first Google products to use Google Assistant, the evolution of Google Now.

Home Mini and Max
In 2017, Google introduced a smaller, less expensive Home Mini and a larger, more expensive Home Max. All models have the same features as the Home with the primary difference being sound quality. See Amazon Echo and Google Assistant.

Home Hub Smart Display
The Google Home Hub adds a 7" screen and smart home control to Google Home, although it cannot video call (no camera). When not being used, the Hub can display a clock or photo slide show. Home View groups all the connected audio and smart devices for centralized control of the home, and it can display what the doorbell camera is viewing. See smart display and smart home.

The Google Home
The Home sits almost anywhere in the room, but does require AC power. Although the original Home offered decent sound quality, the smaller Mini and larger Max offer more choices.

Lenovo Smart Display
Based on Google Assistant and the Google Home app, Lenovo's Smart Display, which has an 8" or 10" screen, is used for getting answers, watching videos, video calling and smart home control. Like Google Home, "Hey Google" wakes the unit. (Image courtesy of Lenovo, www.lenovo.com)

Google Nest

A virtual assistant, wireless speaker and music streamer from Google. Nest products are Google's counterpart to Amazon's Echo (Alexa) and were one of the first products to use Google's latest virtual assistant (see Google Assistant). Ask Google Nest to set a timer as well as any question you would ask Google. See Amazon Echo.

Home Became Nest
Introduced in 2016 as Google Home, the Home moniker was later changed to unify the Nest brand that Google acquired in 2014.

Google Nest streams music via YouTube Music, Spotify and other services. It can control lights and household devices and also connect to other Nest speakers in different rooms. Like Alexa, Nest units use Wi-Fi and can reside almost anywhere.

Nest Mini & Nest Audio (Home Mini & Home Max)
With better sound quality, the Nest Mini and larger Nest Audio are rebranded versions of the Home Mini and Home Max, which came out in 2017.

Nest Hub/Nest Hub Max Smart Display (Home Hub)
In 2018, the Home Hub was introduced with a 7" screen and centralized control of smart home devices. Rebranded as Nest Hub a year later, the larger Nest Hub Max debuted with a 10" screen and video calling camera. See smart display and smart home.

Nest Audio and Home
Units such as the Google Nest Audio (top) and the original Google Home (bottom) go anywhere in a room where AC power is available. (Top image courtesy of Google.)

Nest Audio and Home
Units such as the Google Nest Audio (top) and the original Google Home (bottom) go anywhere in a room where AC power is available. (Top image courtesy of Google.)

Lenovo Smart Display
Based on Google Assistant, Lenovo's 8" and 10" Smart Displays are used to get answers, watch videos, make video calls and control smart devices. Like Google Nest and Home, "Hey Google" wakes the unit. (Image courtesy of Lenovo, www.lenovo.com)

home page

The first page retrieved when accessing a website or the first screen displayed when a smartphone or tablet is started. It provides the main menu and starting point for the rest of the content on the site or device. See home screen, Web page and INDEX.HTML.

home screen

The first screen of information displayed when a mobile device is started. Also called the "home page" and "main menu," it typically displays a group of icons that are clicked or tapped to activate applications and internal functions. For computers, the startup screen displays the desktop, and it is sometimes also called the home screen. See home button, widget, main menu and desktop.

An Early iPhone Home Screen
Call it the "home screen," "home page" or "main menu," this is what appears when an iPhone is turned on. Home screens are not identical because users rearrange icons as they please.
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