5 letter word starting with h

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habit noun The usual condition or state of a person or thing, either natural or acquired, regarded as something had, possessed, and firmly retained; as, a religious habit; his habit is morose; elms have a spreading habit; esp., physical temperament or constitution; as, a full habit of body., The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism., Fixed or established custom; ordinary course of conduct; practice; usage; hence, prominently, the involuntary tendency or aptitude to perform certain actions which is acquired by their frequent repetition; as, habit is second nature; also, peculiar ways of acting; characteristic forms of behavior., Outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit., To inhabit., To dress; to clothe; to array., To accustom; to habituate. [Obs.] Chapman.
hable adjective See Habile.
hades noun The nether world (according to classical mythology, the abode of the shades, ruled over by Hades or Pluto); the invisible world; the grave.
hadji noun A Mohammedan pilgrim to Mecca; — used among Orientals as a respectful salutation or a title of honor., A Greek or Armenian who has visited the holy sepulcher at Jerusalem.
ha-ha noun A sunk fence; a fence, wall, or ditch, not visible till one is close upon it.
haily adjective Of hail.
hairy adjective Bearing or covered with hair; made of or resembling hair; rough with hair; rough with hair; rough with hair; hirsute.
hakim noun A wise man; a physician, esp. a Mohammedan., A Mohammedan title for a ruler; a judge.
haled imp. & past participle of Hale
halma noun The long jump, with weights in the hands, — the most important of the exercises of the Pentathlon.
halos plural of Halo
halse verb t. To embrace about the neck; to salute; to greet., To adjure; to beseech; to entreat., To haul; to hoist.
halve noun A half., To divide into two equal parts; as, to halve an apple; to be or form half of., To join, as two pieces of timber, by cutting away each for half its thickness at the joining place, and fitting together.
halwe noun A saint.
hamel verb t. Same as Hamele.
hanap noun A rich goblet, esp. one used on state occasions.
hance verb t. To raise; to elevate., Alt. of Hanch
hanch See Hanse., A sudden fall or break, as the fall of the fife rail down to the gangway.
handy superl. Performed by the hand., Skillful in using the hand; dexterous; ready; adroit., Ready to the hand; near; also, suited to the use of the hand; convenient; valuable for reference or use; as, my tools are handy; a handy volume., Easily managed; obedient to the helm; — said of a vessel.
hanse noun That part of an elliptical or many-centered arch which has the shorter radius and immediately adjoins the impost., An association; a league or confederacy.
han’t A contraction of have not, or has not, used in illiterate speech. In the United States the commoner spelling is hain’t.
haply adverb By hap, chance, luck, or accident; perhaps; it may be.
happy superl. Favored by hap, luck, or fortune; lucky; fortunate; successful; prosperous; satisfying desire; as, a happy expedient; a happy effort; a happy venture; a happy omen., Experiencing the effect of favorable fortune; having the feeling arising from the consciousness of well-being or of enjoyment; enjoying good of any kind, as peace, tranquillity, comfort; contented; joyous; as, happy hours, happy thoughts., Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous.
hards noun pl. The refuse or coarse part of fiax; tow.
hardy adjective Bold; brave; stout; daring; resolu?e; intrepid., Confident; full of assurance; in a bad sense, morally hardened; shameless., Strong; firm; compact., Inured to fatigue or hardships; strong; capable of endurance; as, a hardy veteran; a hardy mariner., Able to withstand the cold of winter., A blacksmith’s fuller or chisel, having a square shank for insertion into a square hole in an anvil, called the hardy hole.
harem noun The apartments or portion of the house allotted to females in Mohammedan families., The family of wives and concubines belonging to one man, in Mohammedan countries; a seraglio.
harle noun The red-breasted merganser.
harns noun pl. The brains.
harpa noun A genus of marine univalve shells; the harp shells; — so called from the form of the shells, and their ornamental ribs.
harpy noun A fabulous winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face of a woman and the body of a vulture, with long claws, and the face pale with hunger. Some writers mention two, others three., One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner., The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus)., A large and powerful, double-crested, short-winged American eagle (Thrasaetus harpyia). It ranges from Texas to Brazil.
harre noun A hinge.
harry verb t. To strip; to lay waste; as, the Northmen came several times and harried the land., To agitate; to worry; to harrow; to harass., To make a predatory incursion; to plunder or lay waste.
harsh adjective Rough; disagreeable; grating, disagreeable to the touch., disagreeable to the taste., disagreeable to the ear., Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough., Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.
haste noun Celerity of motion; speed; swiftness; dispatch; expedition; — applied only to voluntary beings, as men and other animals., The state of being urged or pressed by business; hurry; urgency; sudden excitement of feeling or passion; precipitance; vehemence., To hasten; to hurry.
hasty noun Involving haste; done, made, etc., in haste; as, a hasty sketch., Demanding haste or immediate action., Moving or acting with haste or in a hurry; hurrying; hence, acting without deliberation; precipitate; rash; easily excited; eager., Made or reached without deliberation or due caution; as, a hasty conjecture, inference, conclusion, etc., a hasty resolution., Proceeding from, or indicating, a quick temper., Forward; early; first ripe.
hatch verb t. To cross with lines in a peculiar manner in drawing and engraving. See Hatching., To cross; to spot; to stain; to steep., To produce, as young, from an egg or eggs by incubation, or by artificial heat; to produce young from (eggs); as, the young when hatched., To contrive or plot; to form by meditation, and bring into being; to originate and produce; to concoct; as, to hatch mischief; to hatch heresy., To produce young; — said of eggs; to come forth from the egg; — said of the young of birds, fishes, insects, etc., The act of hatching., Development; disclosure; discovery., The chickens produced at once or by one incubation; a brood., A door with an opening over it; a half door, sometimes set with spikes on the upper edge., A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish., A flood gate; a a sluice gate., A bedstead., An opening in the deck of a vessel or floor of a warehouse which serves as a passageway or hoistway; a hatchway; also; a cover or door, or one of the covers used in closing such an opening., An opening into, or in search of, a mine., To close with a hatch or hatches.
hated imp. & past participle of Hate
hatel adjective Hateful; detestable.
hater noun One who hates.
hatte pres. & imp. sing. & pl. of Hote, to be called. See Hote., of Hote
haugh noun A low-lying meadow by the side of a river.
haulm noun The denuded stems or stalks of such crops as buckwheat and the cereal grains, beans, etc.; straw., A part of a harness; a hame.
hauls noun See Hals.
hault adjective Lofty; haughty.
haunt verb t. To frequent; to resort to frequently; to visit pertinaciously or intrusively; to intrude upon., To inhabit or frequent as a specter; to visit as a ghost or apparition., To practice; to devote one’s self to., To accustom; to habituate., To persist in staying or visiting., A place to which one frequently resorts; as, drinking saloons are the haunts of tipplers; a den is the haunt of wild beasts., The habit of resorting to a place., Practice; skill.
haven noun A bay, recess, or inlet of the sea, or the mouth of a river, which affords anchorage and shelter for shipping; a harbor; a port., A place of safety; a shelter; an asylum., To shelter, as in a haven.
haver noun A possessor; a holder., The oat; oats., To maunder; to talk foolishly; to chatter.
havoc noun Wide and general destruction; devastation; waste., To devastate; to destroy; to lay waste., A cry in war as the signal for indiscriminate slaughter.
hawed imp. & past participle of Haw
hawse noun A hawse hole., The situation of the cables when a vessel is moored with two anchors, one on the starboard, the other on the port bow., The distance ahead to which the cables usually extend; as, the ship has a clear or open hawse, or a foul hawse; to anchor in our hawse, or athwart hawse., That part of a vessel’s bow in which are the hawse holes for the cables.
hazed imp. & past participle of Haze
hazel noun A shrub or small tree of the genus Corylus, as the C. avellana, bearing a nut containing a kernel of a mild, farinaceous taste; the filbert. The American species are C. Americana, which produces the common hazelnut, and C. rostrata. See Filbert., A miner’s name for freestone., Consisting of hazels, or of the wood of the hazel; pertaining to, or derived from, the hazel; as, a hazel wand., Of a light brown color, like the hazelnut.
hazle verb t. To make dry; to dry.
heady adjective Willful; rash; precipitate; hurried on by will or passion; ungovernable., Apt to affect the head; intoxicating; strong., Violent; impetuous.
heald noun A heddle.
heapy adjective Lying in heaps.
heard imp. & past participle of Hear, imp. & p. p. of Hear.
heart noun A hollow, muscular organ, which, by contracting rhythmically, keeps up the circulation of the blood., The seat of the affections or sensibilities, collectively or separately, as love, hate, joy, grief, courage, and the like; rarely, the seat of the understanding or will; — usually in a good sense, when no epithet is expressed; the better or lovelier part of our nature; the spring of all our actions and purposes; the seat of moral life and character; the moral affections and character itself; the individual disposition and character; as, a good, tender, loving, bad, hard, or selfish heart., The nearest the middle or center; the part most hidden and within; the inmost or most essential part of any body or system; the source of life and motion in any organization; the chief or vital portion; the center of activity, or of energetic or efficient action; as, the heart of a country, of a tree, etc., Courage; courageous purpose; spirit., Vigorous and efficient activity; power of fertile production; condition of the soil, whether good or bad., That which resembles a heart in shape; especially, a roundish or oval figure or object having an obtuse point at one end, and at the other a corresponding indentation, — used as a symbol or representative of the heart., One of a series of playing cards, distinguished by the figure or figures of a heart; as, hearts are trumps., Vital part; secret meaning; real intention., A term of affectionate or kindly and familiar address., To give heart to; to hearten; to encourage; to inspirit., To form a compact center or heart; as, a hearting cabbage.
heath noun A low shrub (Erica, / Calluna, vulgaris), with minute evergreen leaves, and handsome clusters of pink flowers. It is used in Great Britain for brooms, thatch, beds for the poor, and for heating ovens. It is also called heather, and ling., Also, any species of the genus Erica, of which several are European, and many more are South African, some of great beauty. See Illust. of Heather., A place overgrown with heath; any cheerless tract of country overgrown with shrubs or coarse herbage.
hoven of Heave, Affected with hoove; as, hooven, or hoven, cattle., p. p. of Heave., Affected with the disease called hoove; as, hoven cattle.
heave verb t. To cause to move upward or onward by a lifting effort; to lift; to raise; to hoist; — often with up; as, the wave heaved the boat on land., To throw; to cast; — obsolete, provincial, or colloquial, except in certain nautical phrases; as, to heave the lead; to heave the log., To force from, or into, any position; to cause to move; also, to throw off; — mostly used in certain nautical phrases; as, to heave the ship ahead., To raise or force from the breast; to utter with effort; as, to heave a sigh., To cause to swell or rise, as the breast or bosom., To be thrown up or raised; to rise upward, as a tower or mound., To rise and fall with alternate motions, as the lungs in heavy breathing, as waves in a heavy sea, as ships on the billows, as the earth when broken up by frost, etc.; to swell; to dilate; to expand; to distend; hence, to labor; to struggle., To make an effort to raise, throw, or move anything; to strain to do something difficult., To make an effort to vomit; to retch; to vomit., An effort to raise something, as a weight, or one’s self, or to move something heavy., An upward motion; a rising; a swell or distention, as of the breast in difficult breathing, of the waves, of the earth in an earthquake, and the like., A horizontal dislocation in a metallic lode, taking place at an intersection with another lode.
heavy adjective Having the heaves., Heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a heavy stone; hence, sometimes, large in extent, quantity, or effects; as, a heavy fall of rain or snow; a heavy failure; heavy business transactions, etc.; often implying strength; as, a heavy barrier; also, difficult to move; as, a heavy draught., Not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive; hard to endure or accomplish; hence, grievous, afflictive; as, heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc., Laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with care, grief, pain, disappointment., Slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid; as, a heavy gait, looks, manners, style, and the like; a heavy writer or book., Strong; violent; forcible; as, a heavy sea, storm, cannonade, and the like., Loud; deep; — said of sound; as, heavy thunder., Dark with clouds, or ready to rain; gloomy; — said of the sky., Impeding motion; cloggy; clayey; — said of earth; as, a heavy road, soil, and the like., Not raised or made light; as, heavy bread., Not agreeable to, or suitable for, the stomach; not easily digested; — said of food., Having much body or strength; — said of wines, or other liquors., With child; pregnant., Heavily; — sometimes used in composition; as, heavy-laden., To make heavy.
heben noun Ebony.
hedge noun A thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a thicket planted as a fence between any two portions of land; and also any sort of shrubbery, as evergreens, planted in a line or as a fence; particularly, such a thicket planted round a field to fence it, or in rows to separate the parts of a garden., To inclose or separate with a hedge; to fence with a thickly set line or thicket of shrubs or small trees; as, to hedge a field or garden., To obstruct, as a road, with a barrier; to hinder from progress or success; — sometimes with up and out., To surround for defense; to guard; to protect; to hem (in)., To surround so as to prevent escape., To shelter one’s self from danger, risk, duty, responsibility, etc., as if by hiding in or behind a hedge; to skulk; to slink; to shirk obligations., To reduce the risk of a wager by making a bet against the side or chance one has bet on., To use reservations and qualifications in one’s speech so as to avoid committing one’s self to anything definite.
heedy adjective Heedful.
hefty adjective Moderately heavy.
hegge noun A hedge.
helix noun A nonplane curve whose tangents are all equally inclined to a given plane. The common helix is the curve formed by the thread of the ordinary screw. It is distinguished from the spiral, all the convolutions of which are in the plane., A caulicule or little volute under the abacus of the Corinthian capital., The incurved margin or rim of the external ear. See Illust. of Ear., A genus of land snails, including a large number of species.
hello interj. & noun See Halloo.
helly adjective Hellish.
helot noun A slave in ancient Sparta; a Spartan serf; hence, a slave or serf.
helve noun The handle of an ax, hatchet, or adze., The lever at the end of which is the hammer head, in a forge hammer., A forge hammer which is lifted by a cam acting on the helve between the fulcrum and the head., To furnish with a helve, as an ax.
hema- Same as Haema-.
hemal adjective Relating to the blood or blood vessels; pertaining to, situated in the region of, or on the side with, the heart and great blood vessels; — opposed to neural.
hemi- A prefix signifying half.
hemin noun A substance, in the form of reddish brown, microscopic, prismatic crystals, formed from dried blood by the action of strong acetic acid and common salt; — called also Teichmann’s crystals. Chemically, it is a hydrochloride of hematin.
hemo- Same as Haema-, Haemo-.
hempy adjective Like hemp.
hence adverb From this place; away., From this time; in the future; as, a week hence., From this reason; as an inference or deduction., From this source or origin., To send away.
hende adjective Skillful; dexterous; clever., Friendly; civil; gentle; kind.
hendy adjective See Hende.
henen adverb Hence.
henna noun A thorny tree or shrub of the genus Lawsonia (L. alba). The fragrant white blossoms are used by the Buddhists in religious ceremonies. The powdered leaves furnish a red coloring matter used in the East to stain the hails and fingers, the manes of horses, etc., The leaves of the henna plant, or a preparation or dyestuff made from them.
henry noun The unit of electric induction; the induction in a circuit when the electro-motive force induced in this circuit is one volt, while the inducing current varies at the rate of one ampere a second.
hente imp. of Hent
hepar noun Liver of sulphur; a substance of a liver-brown color, sometimes used in medicine. It is formed by fusing sulphur with carbonates of the alkalies (esp. potassium), and consists essentially of alkaline sulphides. Called also hepar sulphuris (/)., Any substance resembling hepar proper, in appearance; specifically, in homeopathy, calcium sulphide, called also hepar sulphuris calcareum (/).
hepta A combining form from Gr. “epta`, seven.
herby adjective Having the nature of, pertaining to, or covered with, herbs or herbage.
heren adjective Made of hair.
herie verb t. To praise; to worship.
herma noun See Hermes, 2.
herne noun A corner.
heron noun Any wading bird of the genus Ardea and allied genera, of the family Ardeidae. The herons have a long, sharp bill, and long legs and toes, with the claw of the middle toe toothed. The common European heron (Ardea cinerea) is remarkable for its directly ascending flight, and was formerly hunted with the larger falcons.
herse noun A kind of gate or portcullis, having iron bars, like a harrow, studded with iron spikes. It is hung above gateways so that it may be quickly lowered, to impede the advance of an enemy., See Hearse, a carriage for the dead., A funeral ceremonial., Same as Hearse, v. t.
herte noun A heart.
heugh noun A crag; a cliff; a glen with overhanging sides., A shaft in a coal pit; a hollow in a quarry.
heved noun The head.
hewed imp. of Hew, of Hew
hewer noun One who hews.
hexad noun An atom whose valence is six, and which can be theoretically combined with, substituted for, or replaced by, six monad atoms or radicals; as, sulphur is a hexad in sulphuric acid. Also used as an adjective.
hexyl noun A compound radical, C6H13, regarded as the essential residue of hexane, and a related series of compounds.
heygh adjective High.
heyne noun A wretch; a rascal.
hided imp. & past participle of Hide
hider noun One who hides or conceals.
hying present participle & vb. noun of Hie
hiems noun Winter.
hight noun A variant of Height., of Hight, of Hight, To be called or named., To command; to direct; to impel., To commit; to intrust., To promise.
hoten of Hight, of Hote, p. p. of Hote.
higre noun See Eagre.
hijra noun See Hegira.
hilal adjective Of or pertaining to a hilum.
hilar adjective Belonging to the hilum.
hilly adjective Abounding with hills; uneven in surface; as, a hilly country., Lofty; as, hilly empire.
hilum noun The eye of a bean or other seed; the mark or scar at the point of attachment of an ovule or seed to its base or support; — called also hile., The part of a gland, or similar organ, where the blood vessels and nerves enter; the hilus; as, the hilum of the kidney.
hilus noun Same as Hilum, 2.
hindi noun The name given by Europeans to that form of the Hindustani language which is chiefly spoken by native Hindoos. In employs the Devanagari character, in which Sanskrit is written.
hindu noun A native inhabitant of Hindostan. As an ethnical term it is confined to the Dravidian and Aryan races; as a religious name it is restricted to followers of the Veda., Same as Hindoo.
hinge noun The hook with its eye, or the joint, on which a door, gate, lid, etc., turns or swings; a flexible piece, as a strip of leather, which serves as a joint to turn on., That on which anything turns or depends; a governing principle; a cardinal point or rule; as, this argument was the hinge on which the question turned., One of the four cardinal points, east, west, north, or south., To attach by, or furnish with, hinges., To bend., To stand, depend, hang, or turn, as on a hinge; to depend chiefly for a result or decision or for force and validity; — usually with on or upon; as, the argument hinges on this point.
hinny verb i. To neigh; to whinny., A hybrid between a stallion and an ass., A term of endearment; darling; — corrupted from honey.
hipps noun See Hyp, n.
hippa noun Alt. of Hippe
hippe noun A genus of marine decapod crustaceans, which burrow rapidly in the sand by pushing themselves backward; — called also bait bug. See Illust. under Anomura.
hired imp. & past participle of Hire
hirer noun One who hires.
hires pronoun Alt. of Hirs
hitch verb t. To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling., To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; — said of something obstructed or impeded., To hit the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere., To hook; to catch or fasten as by a hook or a knot; to make fast, unite, or yoke; as, to hitch a horse, or a halter., To move with hitches; as, he hitched his chair nearer., A catch; anything that holds, as a hook; an impediment; an obstacle; an entanglement., The act of catching, as on a hook, etc., A stop or sudden halt; a stoppage; an impediment; a temporary obstruction; an obstacle; as, a hitch in one’s progress or utterance; a hitch in the performance., A sudden movement or pull; a pull up; as, the sailor gave his trousers a hitch., A knot or noose in a rope which can be readily undone; — intended for a temporary fastening; as, a half hitch; a clove hitch; a timber hitch, etc., A small dislocation of a bed or vein.
hithe noun A port or small haven; — used in composition; as, Lambhithe, now Lambeth.
hived imp. & past participle of Hive
hiver noun One who collects bees into a hive.
hives noun The croup., An eruptive disease (Varicella globularis), allied to the chicken pox.
hoard noun See Hoarding, 2., A store, stock, or quantity of anything accumulated or laid up; a hidden supply; a treasure; as, a hoard of provisions; a hoard of money., To collect and lay up; to amass and deposit in secret; to store secretly, or for the sake of keeping and accumulating; as, to hoard grain., To lay up a store or hoard, as of money.
hoary adjective White or whitish., White or gray with age; hoar; as, hoary hairs., remote in time past; as, hoary antiquity., Moldy; mossy; musty., Of a pale silvery gray., Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent.
hobby noun A small, strong-winged European falcon (Falco subbuteo), formerly trained for hawking., Alt. of Hobbyhorse
hobit noun A small mortar on a gun carriage, in use before the howitzer.
hoboy noun A hautboy or oboe.
hocco noun The crested curassow; — called also royal pheasant. See Curassow.
hough noun The joint in the hind limb of quadrupeds between the leg and shank, or tibia and tarsus, and corresponding to the ankle in man., A piece cut by butchers, esp. in pork, from either the front or hind leg, just above the foot., The popliteal space; the ham., Same as Hock, a joint., Same as Hock, to hamstring., An adz; a hoe., To cut with a hoe.
hocus verb t. To deceive or cheat., To adulterate; to drug; as, liquor is said to be hocused for the purpose of stupefying the drinker., To stupefy with drugged liquor., One who cheats or deceives., Drugged liquor.
hoddy noun See Dun crow, under Dun, a.
hoful adjective Careful; wary.
hoise verb t. To hoist.
hoist verb t. To raise; to lift; to elevate; esp., to raise or lift to a desired elevation, by means of tackle, as a sail, a flag, a heavy package or weight., That by which anything is hoisted; the apparatus for lifting goods., The act of hoisting; a lift., The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length when flying from a staff., The height of a fore-and-aft sail next the mast or stay., Hoisted.
hoker noun Scorn; derision; abusive talk.
holla interj. Hollo., See Hollo, v. i.
hollo interj. & noun Ho there; stop; attend; hence, a loud cry or a call to attract attention; a halloo., To call out or exclaim; to halloo. This form is now mostly replaced by hello.
holly adverb Wholly., A tree or shrub of the genus Ilex. The European species (Ilex Aguifolium) is best known, having glossy green leaves, with a spiny, waved edge, and bearing berries that turn red or yellow about Michaelmas., The holm oak. See 1st Holm.
holo- A combining form fr. Gr. “o`los whole.
holwe adjective Hollow.
homer noun A carrier pigeon remarkable for its ability to return home from a distance., See Hoemother., A Hebrew measure containing, as a liquid measure, ten baths, equivalent to fifty-five gallons, two quarts, one pint; and, as a dry measure, ten ephahs, equivalent to six bushels, two pecks, four quarts.
homo- A combining form from Gr. “omo`s, one and the same, common, joint.
honed imp. & past participle of Hone
honey noun A sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by bees from flowers of plants, and deposited in the cells of the honeycomb., That which is sweet or pleasant, like honey., Sweet one; — a term of endearment., To be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments; also, to be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn., To make agreeable; to cover or sweeten with, or as with, honey.
honor noun Esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect; consideration; reverence; veneration; manifestation of respect or reverence., That which rightfully attracts esteem, respect, or consideration; self-respect; dignity; courage; fidelity; especially, excellence of character; high moral worth; virtue; nobleness; specif., in men, integrity; uprightness; trustworthness; in women, purity; chastity., A nice sense of what is right, just, and true, with course of life correspondent thereto; strict conformity to the duty imposed by conscience, position, or privilege., That to which esteem or consideration is paid; distinguished position; high rank., Fame; reputation; credit., A token of esteem paid to worth; a mark of respect; a ceremonial sign of consideration; as, he wore an honor on his breast; military honors; civil honors., A cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an ornament; as, he is an honor to his nation., A title applied to the holders of certain honorable civil offices, or to persons of rank; as, His Honor the Mayor. See Note under Honorable., A seigniory or lordship held of the king, on which other lordships and manors depended., Academic or university prizes or distinctions; as, honors in classics., The ace, king, queen, and jack of trumps. The ten and nine are sometimes called Dutch honors., To regard or treat with honor, esteem, or respect; to revere; to treat with deference and submission; when used of the Supreme Being, to reverence; to adore; to worship., To dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to bestow honor upon; to elevate in rank or station; to ennoble; to exalt; to glorify; hence, to do something to honor; to treat in a complimentary manner or with civility., To accept and pay when due; as, to honora bill of exchange.
hoody noun The hooded crow; also, in Scotland, the hooded gull.
hoofs plural of Hoof
hooky adjective Full of hooks; pertaining to hooks.
hoove noun A disease in cattle consisting in inflammation of the stomach by gas, ordinarily caused by eating too much green food; tympany; bloating.
hoped imp. & past participle of Hope
hoper noun One who hopes.
hoppo noun A collector of customs, as at Canton; an overseer of commerce., A tribunal or commission having charge of the revenue derived from trade and navigation.
horal adjective Of or pertaining to an hour, or to hours.
horde noun A wandering troop or gang; especially, a clan or tribe of a nomadic people migrating from place to place for the sake of pasturage, plunder, etc.; a predatory multitude.
horny superl. Having horns or hornlike projections., Composed or made of horn, or of a substance resembling horn; of the nature of horn., Hard; callous.
horse noun A hoofed quadruped of the genus Equus; especially, the domestic horse (E. caballus), which was domesticated in Egypt and Asia at a very early period. It has six broad molars, on each side of each jaw, with six incisors, and two canine teeth, both above and below. The mares usually have the canine teeth rudimentary or wanting. The horse differs from the true asses, in having a long, flowing mane, and the tail bushy to the base. Unlike the asses it has callosities, or chestnuts, on all its legs. The horse excels in strength, speed, docility, courage, and nobleness of character, and is used for drawing, carrying, bearing a rider, and like purposes., The male of the genus horse, in distinction from the female or male; usually, a castrated male., Mounted soldiery; cavalry; — used without the plural termination; as, a regiment of horse; — distinguished from foot., A frame with legs, used to support something; as, a clotheshorse, a sawhorse, etc., A frame of timber, shaped like a horse, on which soldiers were made to ride for punishment., Anything, actual or figurative, on which one rides as on a horse; a hobby., A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse — said of a vein — is to divide into branches for a distance., See Footrope, a., A breastband for a leadsman., An iron bar for a sheet traveler to slide upon., A jackstay., To provide with a horse, or with horses; to mount on, or as on, a horse., To sit astride of; to bestride., To cover, as a mare; — said of the male., To take or carry on the back; as, the keeper, horsing a deer., To place on the back of another, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment., To get on horseback.
horsy adjective Pertaining to, or suggestive of, a horse, or of horse racing; as, horsy manners; garments of fantastically horsy fashions.
hosen plural of Hose, See Hose.
hotel noun A house for entertaining strangers or travelers; an inn or public house, of the better class., In France, the mansion or town residence of a person of rank or wealth.
hotly adjective In a hot or fiery manner; ardently; vehemently; violently; hastily; as, a hotly pursued., In a lustful manner; lustfully.
hoult noun A piece of woodland; a small wood. [Obs.] See Holt.
hound noun A variety of the domestic dog, usually having large, drooping ears, esp. one which hunts game by scent, as the foxhound, bloodhound, deerhound, but also used for various breeds of fleet hunting dogs, as the greyhound, boarhound, etc., A despicable person., A houndfish., Projections at the masthead, serving as a support for the trestletrees and top to rest on., A side bar used to strengthen portions of the running gear of a vehicle., To set on the chase; to incite to pursuit; as, to hounda dog at a hare; to hound on pursuers., To hunt or chase with hounds, or as with hounds.
houri noun A nymph of paradise; — so called by the Mohammedans.
hours noun pl. Goddess of the seasons, or of the hours of the day.
house noun A structure intended or used as a habitation or shelter for animals of any kind; but especially, a building or edifice for the habitation of man; a dwelling place, a mansion., Household affairs; domestic concerns; particularly in the phrase to keep house. See below., Those who dwell in the same house; a household., A family of ancestors, descendants, and kindred; a race of persons from the same stock; a tribe; especially, a noble family or an illustrious race; as, the house of Austria; the house of Hanover; the house of Israel., One of the estates of a kingdom or other government assembled in parliament or legislature; a body of men united in a legislative capacity; as, the House of Lords; the House of Commons; the House of Representatives; also, a quorum of such a body. See Congress, and Parliament., A firm, or commercial establishment., A public house; an inn; a hotel., A twelfth part of the heavens, as divided by six circles intersecting at the north and south points of the horizon, used by astrologers in noting the positions of the heavenly bodies, and casting horoscopes or nativities. The houses were regarded as fixed in respect to the horizon, and numbered from the one at the eastern horizon, called the ascendant, first house, or house of life, downward, or in the direction of the earth’s revolution, the stars and planets passing through them in the reverse order every twenty-four hours., A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a piece., An audience; an assembly of hearers, as at a lecture, a theater, etc.; as, a thin or a full house., The body, as the habitation of the soul., The grave., To take or put into a house; to shelter under a roof; to cover from the inclemencies of the weather; to protect by covering; as, to house one’s family in a comfortable home; to house farming utensils; to house cattle., To drive to a shelter., To admit to residence; to harbor., To deposit and cover, as in the grave., To stow in a safe place; to take down and make safe; as, to house the upper spars., To take shelter or lodging; to abide to dwell; to lodge., To have a position in one of the houses. See House, n., 8.
houss noun A saddlecloth; a housing.
houve noun A head covering of various kinds; a hood; a coif; a cap.
hovel noun An open shed for sheltering cattle, or protecting produce, etc., from the weather., A poor cottage; a small, mean house; a hut., A large conical brick structure around which the firing kilns are grouped., To put in a hovel; to shelter.
hover noun A cover; a shelter; a protection., To hang fluttering in the air, or on the wing; to remain in flight or floating about or over a place or object; to be suspended in the air above something., To hang about; to move to and fro near a place, threateningly, watchfully, or irresolutely.
howdy noun A midwife.
howel noun A tool used by coopers for smoothing and chamfering rheir work, especially the inside of casks., To smooth; to plane; as, to howel a cask.
howso adverb Howsoever.
howve noun A hood. See Houve.
hubby adjective Full of hubs or protuberances; as, a road that has been frozen while muddy is hubby.
hudge noun An iron bucket for hoisting coal or ore.
huffy adjective Puffed up; as, huffy bread., Characterized by arrogance or petulance; easily offended.
hulan noun See Uhlan.
hulch noun A hunch.
hulky adjective Bulky; unwiedly.
hullo interj. See Hollo.
hully adjective Having or containing hulls.
human adjective Belonging to man or mankind; having the qualities or attributes of a man; of or pertaining to man or to the race of man; as, a human voice; human shape; human nature; human sacrifices., A human being.
humic adjective Pertaining to, or derived from, vegetable mold; as, humic acid. See Humin.
humid adjective Containing sensible moisture; damp; moist; as, a humidair or atmosphere; somewhat wet or watery; as, humid earth; consisting of water or vapor.
humin noun A bitter, brownish yellow, amorphous substance, extracted from vegetable mold, and also produced by the action of acids on certain sugars and carbohydrates; — called also humic acid, ulmin, gein, ulmic or geic acid, etc.
humor noun Moisture, especially, the moisture or fluid of animal bodies, as the chyle, lymph, etc.; as, the humors of the eye, etc., A vitiated or morbid animal fluid, such as often causes an eruption on the skin., State of mind, whether habitual or temporary (as formerly supposed to depend on the character or combination of the fluids of the body); disposition; temper; mood; as, good humor; ill humor., Changing and uncertain states of mind; caprices; freaks; vagaries; whims., That quality of the imagination which gives to ideas an incongruous or fantastic turn, and tends to excite laughter or mirth by ludicrous images or representations; a playful fancy; facetiousness., To comply with the humor of; to adjust matters so as suit the peculiarities, caprices, or exigencies of; to adapt one’s self to; to indulge by skillful adaptation; as, to humor the mind., To help on by indulgence or compliant treatment; to soothe; to gratify; to please.
humph interj. An exclamation denoting surprise, or contempt, doubt, etc.
humpy adjective Full of humps or bunches; covered with protuberances; humped.
humus noun That portion of the soil formed by the decomposition of animal or vegetable matter. It is a valuable constituent of soils.
hunch noun A hump; a protuberance., A lump; a thick piece; as, a hunch of bread., A push or thrust, as with the elbow., To push or jostle with the elbow; to push or thrust suddenly., To thrust out a hump or protuberance; to crook, as the back.
hunks noun A covetous, sordid man; a miser; a niggard.
hunte noun A hunter.
hurds noun The coarse part of flax or hemp; hards.
hurly noun Noise; confusion; uproar.
hurra interj. A word used as a shout of joy, triumph, applause, encouragement, or welcome.
hurry verb t. To hasten; to impel to greater speed; to urge on., To impel to precipitate or thoughtless action; to urge to confused or irregular activity., To cause to be done quickly., To move or act with haste; to proceed with celerity or precipitation; as, let us hurry., The act of hurrying in motion or business; pressure; urgency; bustle; confusion.
hurst noun A wood or grove; — a word used in the composition of many names, as in Hazlehurst.
husky noun Abounding with husks; consisting of husks., Rough in tone; harsh; hoarse; raucous; as, a husky voice.
hussy noun A housewife or housekeeper., A worthless woman or girl; a forward wench; a jade; — used as a term of contempt or reproach., A pert girl; a frolicsome or sportive young woman; — used jocosely., A case or bag. See Housewife, 2.
hutch verb t. & i. To place in huts; to live in huts; as, to hut troops in winter quarters., A chest, box, coffer, bin, coop, or the like, in which things may be stored, or animals kept; as, a grain hutch; a rabbit hutch., A measure of two Winchester bushels., The case of a flour bolt., A car on low wheels, in which coal is drawn in the mine and hoisted out of the pit., A jig for washing ore., To hoard or lay up, in a chest., To wash (ore) in a box or jig.
huzza interj. A word used as a shout of joy, exultation, approbation, or encouragement., A shout of huzza; a cheer; a hurrah., To shout huzza; to cheer., To receive or attend with huzzas.
hyads nounpl. A cluster of five stars in the face of the constellation Taurus, supposed by the ancients to indicate the coming of rainy weather when they rose with the sun.
hydr- See under Hydro-., A combining form from Gr. /, /, water (see Hydra)., A combining form of hydrogen, indicating hydrogen as an ingredient, as hydrochloric; or a reduction product obtained by hydrogen, as hydroquinone.
hydra noun A serpent or monster in the lake or marsh of Lerna, in the Peloponnesus, represented as having many heads, one of which, when cut off, was immediately succeeded by two others, unless the wound was cauterized. It was slain by Hercules. Hence, a terrible monster., Hence: A multifarious evil, or an evil having many sources; not to be overcome by a single effort., Any small fresh-water hydroid of the genus Hydra, usually found attached to sticks, stones, etc., by a basal sucker., A southern constellation of great length lying southerly from Cancer, Leo, and Virgo.
hyena noun Any carnivorous mammal of the family Hyaenidae, of which three living species are known. They are large and strong, but cowardly. They feed chiefly on carrion, and are nocturnal in their habits.
hylic adjective Of or pertaining to matter; material; corporeal; as, hylic influences.
hymar noun The wild ass of Persia.
hymen noun A fold of muscous membrane often found at the orifice of the vagina; the vaginal membrane., A fabulous deity; according to some, the son of Apollo and Urania, according to others, of Bacchus and Venus. He was the god of marriage, and presided over nuptial solemnities., Marriage; union as if by marriage.
hyoid adjective Having the form of an arch, or of the Greek letter upsilon [/]., Of or pertaining to the bony or cartilaginous arch which supports the tongue. Sometimes applied to the tongue itself., The hyoid bone.
hypo- A prefix signifying a less quantity, or a low state or degree, of that denoted by the word with which it is joined, or position under or beneath., A prefix denoting that the element to the name of which it is prefixed enters with a low valence, or in a low state of oxidization, usually the lowest, into the compounds indicated; as, hyposulphurous acid.
hyrax noun Any animal of the genus Hyrax, of which about four species are known. They constitute the order Hyracoidea. The best known species are the daman (H. Syriacus) of Palestine, and the klipdas (H. capensis) of South Africa. Other species are H. arboreus and H. Sylvestris, the former from Southern, and the latter from Western, Africa. See Daman.
hyrse noun Millet.
hyrst noun A wood. See Hurst.
hyson noun A fragrant kind of green tea.
hythe noun A small haven. See Hithe.