homer

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See also: omer, Homer, and Homér

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Hebrew חומר \ חֹמֶר (khómer, clay, heap, large unit of volume).

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homer (plural homers)

  1. (historical units of measure) A former Hebrew unit of dry volume, about equal to 230 L or 6½ bushels.
    • 1769, Bible (KJV), Ezekiel, 45:11:
      The ephah and the bath shall be of one measure, that the bath may contain the tenth part of an homer, and the ephah the tenth part of an homer: the measure thereof shall be after the homer.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses,
      Head up! For every newbegotten thou shalt gather thy homer of ripe wheat.
  2. (historical units of measure) Synonym of cor: approximately the same volume as a liquid measure.
    • 1769, Bible (KJV), Ezekiel, 45:11:
      The ephah and the bath shall be of one measure, that the bath may contain the tenth part of an homer, and the ephah the tenth part of an homer: the measure thereof shall be after the homer.
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In English, sometimes confounded with the much smaller omer.

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From home.

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homer (plural homers)

  1. (baseball) A four-base hit; a home run
    The first baseman hit a homer to lead off the ninth.
  2. A homing pigeon
    Each of the pigeon fanciers released a homer at the same time.
  3. (sports) A person who is extremely devoted to his favorite team.
    Joe is such a homer that he would never boo the Hometown Hobos, even if they are in last place in the league.
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homer (third-person singular simple present homers, present participle homering, simple past and past participle homered)

  1. (baseball) To hit a homer; to hit a home run.
    The Sultan of Swat homered 714 times.
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