Ham

Definitions

  • Dutchess likes her pie with ham and veal
    Dutchess likes her pie with ham and veal
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ham exaggerate one's acting
    • n ham meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)
    • n ham an unskilled actor who overacts
    • n ham a licensed amateur radio operator
    • n Ham (Old Testament) son of Noah
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE VEAL AND HAM PIE THE VEAL AND HAM PIE
Ham?—Steaks Ham?—Steaks
Shem, Ham and Japheth Shem, Ham and Japheth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An artist from Chicago named Dwight Kalb created a statue of Madonna made out of 180 pounds of ham
    • n Ham häm Home.
    • Ham (Anat) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
    • Ham The thigh of any animal; especially, the thigh of a hog cured by salting and smoking. "A plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Parma ham is only Parma ham if it is made in the Parma region of Italy. The British chain supermarket Asda, made and packaged its own "Parma ham" and was successfully sued by the real Parma ham people (Parma Ham Trade Association)
    • n ham The back of the thigh; the thigh as a whole; in the plural, the gluteal region; the buttocks.
    • n ham In anatomy, specifically, the back of the knee; the lozenge-shaped area behind the knee, bounded by the hamstrings and heads of the calf-muscles, technically called the popliteal space.
    • n ham The thigh of an animal slaughtered for food; particularly, the thigh of a hog salted and cured or dried in smoke.
    • n ham An obsolete (Middle English and Anglo-Saxon) form of home.
    • n ham In historical use, with reference to the Anglo-Saxon period, a village or town; more specifically, a manor or private estate with a community of serfs upon it: much used in compound local names, as in Birmingham, Nottingham.
    • n ham A stinted common pasture for cows.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fried chicken is the most popular meal ordered in sit-down restaurants in the US. The next in popularity are: roast beef, spaghetti, turkey, baked ham, and fried shrimp.
    • n Ham ham the back of the thigh: the thigh of an animal, esp. of a hog salted and dried.
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Quotations

  • Martina Navratilova
    Martina Navratilova
    “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.”
  • Hamming
    Hamming
    “Hamming's Motto: The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ham,; akin to D. ham, dial. G. hamme, OHG. hamma,. Perh. named from the bend at the ham, and akin to E. chamber,. Cf. Gammon ham
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hamm; cf. dial. Ger. hamme.

Usage

In literature:

Now they think it all too long that thu ham neih list.
"The Departing Soul's Address to the Body" by Anonymous
With Tomobei he tucked up his robes to his hams, as if entering a race.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
When you gets back I'm thinkin' 'twill be well to get the dogs from Tom Ham's if he don't bring un before.
"Left on the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
For a few minutes longer Ham and the two boys sat talking together, then Ham suddenly straightened up.
"The Cave of Gold" by Everett McNeil
Polly had caught Ham's hand with both her own, and Ham felt the muzzle of Pleasant's forty-four against his stomach.
"In Happy Valley" by John Fox
Postmaster D. L. Ham, his daughter, Mrs. Kimball, and his grandchildren were standing in the doorway of their home when the wind struck.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
Did the hams of old Virginny find no favour in thine eyes?
"The Bon Gaultier Ballads" by William Edmonstoune Aytoun Theodore Martin
This is where three eggs and a rasher of ham get cut off in their prime.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
His nephew, Ham Peggotty, and his brother-in-law's child, "little Em'ly," lived with him.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Ham contains from 14 to 15 per cent of refuse, and bacon about 7 per cent.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
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In poetry:

That, in Thy wisdom, Thou mad'st us
The instruments to show Thy power,
And thus fulfil on them the curse
Of "Cain," nay "Ham," until this hour!
"The Slave-Holder’s Apology" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Never an angred father's curse deserve;
Ham and his feed cou'd ne'er wipe out the stain;
Its lasting marks the Negroes still preserve,
And in their skins it ever will remain.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
J--Already from two rooms we're driven away,
Because the beastly chimneys smoke all day;
Is this a trifle, say? Is this a joke?
That we, like hams, should be becooked in smoke?
"Eclogue:Composed at Cannes, December 9th, 1867" by Edward Lear
With their partners attempt to grow cool.
The hams and the sausages nimbly they bear,
And meat, fish, and poultry in plenty are there,
Surrounded with wine of the vintage most rare:
"Wedding Song" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ham got a unicorn, Shem a shiny dove,
Japhet, just a lonely toad that nobody would love;
Ham picked the white puppy, Shem picked the brown,
Japhet picked the spotty one that they were going to drown.
"Ham, Shem And Japhet" by Cicely Fox Smith
Well, you folks kin keep on shoutin' wif yo' gold er silvah cry,
But I tell you people hams is sceerce an' fowls is roostin' high.
An' hit ain't de so't o' money dat is pesterin' my min',
But de question I want answehed 's how to get at any kin'!
"The Real Question" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

The supper consists of ham, fresh side pork, boiled potatoes, and all the trimmings.
After the first bite or two he really was not feeling the ham thing, lol.
Randolph paid for the meals himself, which included ham, stuffing, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese , and dessert mix, as part of the Grizzlies' Season of Giving effort.
After my first dinner at the Malay Café, which is tucked between a Pier 1 Imports and a Honeybaked Ham Company in a shopping strip on Barry Road, I wanted to know more about Malaysian food.
A custom enclosure for a ham radio.
Every fall, Mitch Ham says he gets the fever to record some of his music.
A Ham Lake woman who contracted meningitis from contaminated steroid shots is suing a New England pharmacy company.
MINNEAPOLIS — A Ham Lake woman who contracted meningitis from contaminated steroid shots is suing a New England pharmacy company.
Spread Dijon mustard on bread, top with thinly sliced cured ham.
Kids in the Kitchen make a croque- monsieur (or, a hot ham sandwich).
If you're not familiar with the classic French toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich, then you are in for a real treat.
2 thin slices of deli sliced ham.
Radio club encourages ham, Morse Code .
It is also excellent with scallops or boiled ham or slow-cooked pork belly.
It's the shortest day of the year, well it may have been yesterday but no matter — when you hear "Short people" be caller 9 and the ham is yours.
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In science:

Histogram of Hamming distances for both populations.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
There are obstructions to extend this representation to a representation of Ham(M ), the group of Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms of M .
Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and the Berry phase
The identification of π1 (L) with π2 (Ham(M )) will allow us to define a grading on the group π2 (Ham(M )) by means of the form Ω.
Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and the Berry phase
There are orbits O diffeomorphic to S 2 and for these manifolds it is easy to determine the value of κ on the loops which are 1-parameter subgroups in Ham(O).
Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and the Berry phase
On the other hand, in the algebra of linear operators on Γ(L) one can consider the ideal C consisting of the operators multiplication by a constant, this allows us to define a representation of the algebra Lie(Ham(M )) in the algebra End(Γ(L))/C.
Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and the Berry phase
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