n 1: a base hit on which the batter scores a run [syn: homer, home run] 2: ancient Greek epic poet who is believed to have written the Iliad and the Odyssey (circa 850 BC) 3: an ancient Hebrew unit of capacity equal to 10 baths or 10 ephahs [syn: homer, kor] 4: United States painter best known for his seascapes (1836-1910) [syn: Homer, Winslow Homer] 5: pigeon trained to return home [syn: homing pigeon, homer] v 1: hit a home run
I. nounEtymology: Hebrew ??merDate: 1535 an ancient Hebrew unit of capacity equal to about 10 1/2 or later 11 1/2 bushels or 100 United States gallons (378 liters) II. nounEtymology:1homeDate: 1868 1.home run2.homing pigeonIII. intransitive verbDate: 1940 to hit a home run
Greek poet, one of the greatest and most influential writers of all time. Though almost nothing is known of his life, he was probably an Ionian, and tradition holds that he was blind. The ancient Greeks attributed to him the great epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Modern scholars generally agree that he composed (but probably did not literally write) the Iliad, most likely relying on oral traditions, and at least inspired the composition of the Odyssey. The Iliad, set during the Trojan War, tells the story of the wrath of Achilles; the Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus as he travels home from the war. The two epics provided the basis of Greek education and culture in the classical age and formed the backbone of humanistic education down to the Roman empire and the spread of Christianity.
Liver Liv"er, n. [AS. lifer; akin to D. liver, G. leber, OHG. lebara, Icel. lifr, Sw. lefver, and perh. to Gr. ? fat, E. live, v.] (Anat.) A very large glandular and vascular organ in the visceral cavity of all vertebrates. Note: Most of the venous blood from the alimentary canal passes through it on its way back to the heart; and it secretes the bile, produces glycogen, and in other ways changes the blood which passes through it. In man it is situated immediately beneath the diaphragm and mainly on the right side. See Bile, Digestive, and Glycogen. The liver of invertebrate animals is usually made up of c[ae]cal tubes, and differs materially, in form and function, from that of vertebrates. Floating liver. See Wandering liver, under Wandering. Liver of antimony, Liver of sulphur. (Old Chem.) See Hepar. Liver brown, Liver color, the color of liver, a dark, reddish brown. Liver shark (Zo["o]l.), a very large shark (Cetorhinus maximus), inhabiting the northern coasts both of Europe and North America. It sometimes becomes forty feet in length, being one of the largest sharks known; but it has small simple teeth, and is not dangerous. It is captured for the sake of its liver, which often yields several barrels of oil. It has gill rakers, resembling whalebone, by means of which it separates small animals from the sea water. Called also basking shark, bone shark, hoemother, homer, and sailfish
Homer Ho"mer, n. [Heb. kh[=o]mer.] 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. [Written also chomer, gomer.]
carrier, carrier pigeon, goal, grand slam, hit, hole, hole in one, home run, homing pigeon, mail car, mail coach, mail packet, mail train, mail truck, mailer, mailplane, packet boat, pigeon post, post boat, post car, post coach, post-horse, post-office car, poster, railway mail car, score, slam, strike, touchdown