4 letter word starting with ha

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haaf noun The deepsea fishing for cod, ling, and tusk, off the Shetland Isles.
haak noun A sea fish. See Hake.
haar noun A fog; esp., a fog or mist with a chill wind.
hack noun A frame or grating of various kinds; as, a frame for drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for feeding cattle; a grating in a mill race, etc., Unburned brick or tile, stacked up for drying., To cut irregulary, without skill or definite purpose; to notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting instrument; as, to hack a post., Fig.: To mangle in speaking., To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking cough., A notch; a cut., An implement for cutting a notch; a large pick used in breaking stone., A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough., A kick on the shins., A horse, hackneyed or let out for common hire; also, a horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as distinguished from hunting and carriage horses., A coach or carriage let for hire; particularly, a a coach with two seats inside facing each other; a hackney coach., A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge., A procuress., Hackneyed; hired; mercenary., To use as a hack; to let out for hire., To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace., To be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute., To live the life of a drudge or hack.
hade noun The descent of a hill., The inclination or deviation from the vertical of any mineral vein., To deviate from the vertical; — said of a vein, fault, or lode.
hadj noun The pilgrimage to Mecca, performed by Mohammedans.
haft noun A handle; that part of an instrument or vessel taken into the hand, and by which it is held and used; — said chiefly of a knife, sword, or dagger; the hilt., A dwelling., To set in, or furnish with, a haft; as, to haft a dagger.
haik noun A large piece of woolen or cotton cloth worn by Arabs as an outer garment.
hail noun Small roundish masses of ice precipitated from the clouds, where they are formed by the congelation of vapor. The separate masses or grains are called hailstones., To pour down particles of ice, or frozen vapors., To pour forcibly down, as hail., Healthy. See Hale (the preferable spelling)., To call loudly to, or after; to accost; to salute; to address., To name; to designate; to call., To declare, by hailing, the port from which a vessel sails or where she is registered; hence, to sail; to come; — used with from; as, the steamer hails from New York., To report as one’s home or the place from whence one comes; to come; — with from., An exclamation of respectful or reverent salutation, or, occasionally, of familiar greeting., A wish of health; a salutation; a loud call.
hair noun The collection or mass of filaments growing from the skin of an animal, and forming a covering for a part of the head or for any part or the whole of the body., One the above-mentioned filaments, consisting, in invertebrate animals, of a long, tubular part which is free and flexible, and a bulbous root imbedded in the skin., Hair (human or animal) used for various purposes; as, hair for stuffing cushions., A slender outgrowth from the chitinous cuticle of insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Such hairs are totally unlike those of vertebrates in structure, composition, and mode of growth., An outgrowth of the epidermis, consisting of one or of several cells, whether pointed, hooked, knobbed, or stellated. Internal hairs occur in the flower stalk of the yellow frog lily (Nuphar)., A spring device used in a hair-trigger firearm., A haircloth., Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.
haye noun The Egyptian asp or cobra (Naja haje.) It is related to the cobra of India, and like the latter has the power of inflating its neck into a hood. Its bite is very venomous. It is supposed to be the snake by means of whose bite Cleopatra committed suicide, and hence is sometimes called Cleopatra’s snake or asp. See Asp.
hake noun A drying shed, as for unburned tile., One of several species of marine gadoid fishes, of the genera Phycis, Merlucius, and allies. The common European hake is M. vulgaris; the American silver hake or whiting is M. bilinearis. Two American species (Phycis chuss and P. tenius) are important food fishes, and are also valued for their oil and sounds. Called also squirrel hake, and codling., To loiter; to sneak.
hale adjective Sound; entire; healthy; robust; not impaired; as, a hale body., Welfare., To pull; to drag; to haul.
half adjective Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view., Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge., In an equal part or degree; in some pa/ appro/mating a half; partially; imperfectly; as, half-colored, half done, half-hearted, half persuaded, half conscious., Part; side; behalf., One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; — sometimes followed by of; as, a half of an apple., To halve. [Obs.] See Halve.
halk noun A nook; a corner.
hall noun A building or room of considerable size and stateliness, used for public purposes; as, Westminster Hall, in London., The chief room in a castle or manor house, and in early times the only public room, serving as the place of gathering for the lord’s family with the retainers and servants, also for cooking and eating. It was often contrasted with the bower, which was the private or sleeping apartment., A vestibule, entrance room, etc., in the more elaborated buildings of later times., Any corridor or passage in a building., A name given to many manor houses because the magistrate’s court was held in the hall of his mansion; a chief mansion house., A college in an English university (at Oxford, an unendowed college)., The apartment in which English university students dine in common; hence, the dinner itself; as, hall is at six o’clock., Cleared passageway in a crowd; — formerly an exclamation.
halm noun Same as Haulm.
halo noun A luminous circle, usually prismatically colored, round the sun or moon, and supposed to be caused by the refraction of light through crystals of ice in the atmosphere. Connected with halos there are often white bands, crosses, or arches, resulting from the same atmospheric conditions., A circle of light; especially, the bright ring represented in painting as surrounding the heads of saints and other holy persons; a glory; a nimbus., An ideal glory investing, or affecting one’s perception of, an object., A colored circle around a nipple; an areola., To form, or surround with, a halo; to encircle with, or as with, a halo.
halp imp. Helped.
hals noun The neck or throat.
halt 3d pers. sing. pres. of Hold, contraction for holdeth., A stop in marching or walking, or in any action; arrest of progress., To hold one’s self from proceeding; to hold up; to cease progress; to stop for a longer or shorter period; to come to a stop; to stand still., To stand in doubt whether to proceed, or what to do; to hesitate; to be uncertain., To cause to cease marching; to stop; as, the general halted his troops for refreshment., Halting or stopping in walking; lame., The act of limping; lameness., To walk lamely; to limp., To have an irregular rhythm; to be defective.
hame noun Home., One of the two curved pieces of wood or metal, in the harness of a draught horse, to which the traces are fastened. They are fitted upon the collar, or have pads fitting the horse’s neck attached to them.
hand noun That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in man and monkeys, and the corresponding part in many other animals; manus; paw. See Manus., That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand, A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey., An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock., A measure equal to a hand’s breadth, — four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses., Side; part; direction, either right or left., Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity., Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance., An agent; a servant, or laborer; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful; as, a deck hand; a farm hand; an old hand at speaking., Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or running hand. Hence, a signature., Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; — usually in the plural., Agency in transmission from one person to another; as, to buy at first hand, that is, from the producer, or when new; at second hand, that is, when no longer in the producer’s hand, or when not new., Rate; price., That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once, The quota of cards received from the dealer., A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together., The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim., To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter., To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage., To manage; as, I hand my oar., To seize; to lay hands on., To pledge by the hand; to handfast., To furl; — said of a sail., To cooperate.
hang verb i. To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without support from below; — often used with up or out; as, to hang a coat on a hook; to hang up a sign; to hang out a banner., To fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon the point or points of suspension; — said of a pendulum, a swing, a door, gate, etc., To fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its snath, or an ax to its helve., To put to death by suspending by the neck; — a form of capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer., To cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with paper hangings; — said of a wall, a room, etc., To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room., To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect; to droop; as, he hung his head in shame., To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to remain; to stay., To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension., To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck., To hold for support; to depend; to cling; — usually with on or upon; as, this question hangs on a single point., To be, or be like, a suspended weight., To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; — usually with over; as, evils hang over the country., To lean or incline; to incline downward., To slope down; as, hanging grounds., To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to linger; to be delayed., The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is connected with, another; as, the hang of a scythe., Connection; arrangement; plan; as, the hang of a discourse., A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
hank noun A parcel consisting of two or more skeins of yarn or thread tied together., A rope or withe for fastening a gate., Hold; influence., A ring or eye of rope, wood, or iron, attached to the edge of a sail and running on a stay., To fasten with a rope, as a gate., To form into hanks.
hard superl. Not easily penetrated, cut, or separated into parts; not yielding to pressure; firm; solid; compact; — applied to material bodies, and opposed to soft; as, hard wood; hard flesh; a hard apple., Difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved; as a hard problem., Difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious; fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to cure., Difficult to resist or control; powerful., Difficult to bear or endure; not easy to put up with or consent to; hence, severe; rigorous; oppressive; distressing; unjust; grasping; as, a hard lot; hard times; hard fare; a hard winter; hard conditions or terms., Difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding; obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character., Not easy or agreeable to the taste; stiff; rigid; ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style., Rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider., Abrupt or explosive in utterance; not aspirated, sibilated, or pronounced with a gradual change of the organs from one position to another; — said of certain consonants, as c in came, and g in go, as distinguished from the same letters in center, general, etc., Wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a hard tone., Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition., Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the coloring or light and shade., With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly., With difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard., Uneasily; vexatiously; slowly., So as to raise difficulties., With tension or strain of the powers; violently; with force; tempestuously; vehemently; vigorously; energetically; as, to press, to blow, to rain hard; hence, rapidly; as, to run hard., Close or near., To harden; to make hard., A ford or passage across a river or swamp.
hare verb t. To excite; to tease, or worry; to harry., A rodent of the genus Lepus, having long hind legs, a short tail, and a divided upper lip. It is a timid animal, moves swiftly by leaps, and is remarkable for its fecundity., A small constellation situated south of and under the foot of Orion; Lepus.
hark verb i. To listen; to hearken.
harl noun A filamentous substance; especially, the filaments of flax or hemp., A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, — used in dressing artificial flies.
harm noun Injury; hurt; damage; detriment; misfortune., That which causes injury, damage, or loss., To hurt; to injure; to damage; to wrong.
harp noun A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers., A constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre., A grain sieve., To play on the harp., To dwell on or recur to a subject tediously or monotonously in speaking or in writing; to refer to something repeatedly or continually; — usually with on or upon., To play on, as a harp; to play (a tune) on the harp; to develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound forth as from a harp; to hit upon.
hart noun A stag; the male of the red deer. See the Note under Buck.
hary verb t. To draw; to drag; to carry off by violence.
hase verb t. See Haze, v. t.
hash noun That which is hashed or chopped up; meat and vegetables, especially such as have been already cooked, chopped into small pieces and mixed., A new mixture of old matter; a second preparation or exhibition., To /hop into small pieces; to mince and mix; as, to hash meat.
hask noun A basket made of rushes or flags, as for carrying fish.
hasp noun A clasp, especially a metal strap permanently fast at one end to a staple or pin, while the other passes over a staple, and is fastened by a padlock or a pin; also, a metallic hook for fastening a door., A spindle to wind yarn, thread, or silk on., An instrument for cutting the surface of grass land; a scarifier., To shut or fasten with a hasp.
hast 2d pers. sing. pres. of. Have, contr. of havest., of Have
hate noun To have a great aversion to, with a strong desire that evil should befall the person toward whom the feeling is directed; to dislike intensely; to detest; as, to hate one’s enemies; to hate hypocrisy., To be very unwilling; followed by an infinitive, or a substantive clause with that; as, to hate to get into debt; to hate that anything should be wasted., To love less, relatively., Strong aversion coupled with desire that evil should befall the person toward whom the feeling is directed; as exercised toward things, intense dislike; hatred; detestation; — opposed to love.
hath 3d pers. sing. pres. Has.
haul verb t. To pull or draw with force; to drag., To transport by drawing, as with horses or oxen; as, to haul logs to a sawmill., To change the direction of a ship by hauling the wind. See under Haul, v. t., To pull apart, as oxen sometimes do when yoked., A pulling with force; a violent pull., A single draught of a net; as, to catch a hundred fish at a haul., That which is caught, taken, or gained at once, as by hauling a net., Transportation by hauling; the distance through which anything is hauled, as freight in a railroad car; as, a long haul or short haul., A bundle of about four hundred threads, to be tarred.
haum noun See Haulm, stalk.
haut adjective Haughty.
have indic. present of Have, of Have, To hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm., To possess, as something which appertains to, is connected with, or affects, one., To accept possession of; to take or accept., To get possession of; to obtain; to get., To cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire; to require., To bear, as young; as, she has just had a child., To hold, regard, or esteem., To cause or force to go; to take., To take or hold (one’s self); to proceed promptly; — used reflexively, often with ellipsis of the pronoun; as, to have after one; to have at one or at a thing, i. e., to aim at one or at a thing; to attack; to have with a companion., To be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled; followed by an infinitive., To understand., To put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of; as, that is where he had him.
hawk noun One of numerous species and genera of rapacious birds of the family Falconidae. They differ from the true falcons in lacking the prominent tooth and notch of the bill, and in having shorter and less pointed wings. Many are of large size and grade into the eagles. Some, as the goshawk, were formerly trained like falcons. In a more general sense the word is not infrequently applied, also, to true falcons, as the sparrow hawk, pigeon hawk, duck hawk, and prairie hawk., To catch, or attempt to catch, birds by means of hawks trained for the purpose, and let loose on the prey; to practice falconry., To make an attack while on the wing; to soar and strike like a hawk; — generally with at; as, to hawk at flies., To clear the throat with an audible sound by forcing an expiratory current of air through the narrow passage between the depressed soft palate and the root of the tongue, thus aiding in the removal of foreign substances., To raise by hawking, as phlegm., An effort to force up phlegm from the throat, accompanied with noise., To offer for sale by outcry in the street; to carry (merchandise) about from place to place for sale; to peddle; as, to hawk goods or pamphlets., A small board, with a handle on the under side, to hold mortar.
hawm noun See Haulm, straw., To lounge; to loiter.
haze noun Light vapor or smoke in the air which more or less impedes vision, with little or no dampness; a lack of transparency in the air; hence, figuratively, obscurity; dimness., To be hazy, or tick with haze., To harass by exacting unnecessary, disagreeable, or difficult work., To harass or annoy by playing abusive or shameful tricks upon; to humiliate by practical jokes; — used esp. of college students; as, the sophomores hazed a freshman.
hazy noun Thick with haze; somewhat obscured with haze; not clear or transparent., Obscure; confused; not clear; as, a hazy argument; a hazy intellect.