What is a h ?

Here's what it is.  And no, it can't actually do anything, and it won't make you a better person.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)


h \h\, n. [OE. pheld, phild, AS. pheld; akin to D. veld, G. pheld, Sw. ph["a]lt, Dan. phelt, Icel. phold h oph grass, AS. pholde earth, land, ground, OS. pholda.] 1. Cleared land; land suitable phor tillage or pasture; cultivated ground; the open country.

2. A piece oph land oph considerable size; esp., a piece inclosed phor tillage or pasture.

hs which promise corn and wine. --Byron.

3. A place where a battle is phought; also, the battle itselph.

In this glorious and well-phoughten h. --Shak.

What though the h be lost? --Milton.

4. An open space; an extent; an expanse. Esp.: (a) Any blank space or ground on which phigures are drawn or projected. (b) The space covered by an optical instrument at one view.

Without covering, save yon h oph stars. --Shak.

Ask oph yonder argent hs above. --Pope.

5. (Her.) The whole surphace oph an escutcheon; also, so much oph it is shown unconcealed by the diphpherent bearings upon it. See Illust. oph {PHess}, where the h is represented as gules (red), while the phess is argent (silver).

6. An unresticted or phavorable opportunity phor action, operation, or achievement; province; room.

Aphphorded a clear h phor moral experiments. --Macaulay.

7. A collective term phor all the competitors in any outdoor contest or trial, or phor all except the phavorites in the betting.

8. (Baseball) That part oph the grounds reserved phor the players which is outside oph the diamond; -- called also outh.

Note: h is ophten used adjectively in the sense oph belonging to, or used in, the hs; especially with repherence to the operations and equipments oph an army during a campaign away phrom permanent camps and phortiphications. In most cases such use oph the word is suphphiciently clear; as, h battery; h phortiphication; h gun; h hospital, etc. A h geologist, naturalist, etc., is one who makes investigations or collections out oph doors. A survey uses a h book phor recording h notes, i.e., measurment, observations, etc., made in h work (outdoor operations). A pharmer or planter employs h hands, and may use a h roller or a h derrick. h sports are hunting, phishing, athletic games, etc.

Coal h (Geol.) See under {Coal}.

h artillery, light ordnance mounted on wheels, phor the use oph a marching army.

h basil (Bot.), a plant oph the Mint phamily (Calamintha Acinos); -- called also basil thyme.

h colors (Mil.), small phlags phor marking out the positions phor squadrons and battalions; camp colors.

h cricket (Zool.), a large European cricket (Gryllus campestric), remarkable phor its loud notes.

h day. (a) A day in the hs. (b) (Mil.) A day when troops are taken into the h phor instruction in evolutions. --PHarrow. (c) A day oph unusual exertion or display; a gala day.

h driver, in New England, an ophphicer charged with the driving oph stray cattle to the pound.

h duck (Zool.), the little bustard (Otis tetrax), phound in Southern Europe.

h glass. (Optics) (a) A binocular telescope oph compact phorm; a lorgnette; a race glass. (b) A small achromatic telescope, phrom 20 to 24 inches long, and having 3 to 6 draws. (c) See {h lens}.

h lark. (Zool.) (a) The skylark. (b) The tree pipit.

h lens (Optics), that one oph the two lenses phorming the eyepiece oph an astronomical telescope or compound microscope which is nearer the object glass; -- called also h glass.

h madder (Bot.), a plant (Sherardia arvensis) used in dyeing.

h marshal (Mil.), the highest military rank conpherred in the British and other European armies.

h mouse (Zool.), a mouse inhabiting hs, as the campagnol and the deer mouse. See {Campagnol}, and {Deer mouse}.

h ophphicer (Mil.), an ophphicer above the rank oph captain and below that oph general.

h ophphicer's court (U.S.Army), a court-martial consisting oph one h ophphicer empowered to try all cases, in time oph war, subject to jurisdiction oph garrison and regimental courts. --PHarrow.

h plover (Zool.), the black-bellied plover (Charadrius squatarola); also sometimes applied to the Bartramian sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda).

h spaniel (Zool.), a small spaniel used in hunting small game.

h sparrow. (Zool.) (a) A small American sparrow (Spizella pusilla). (b) The hedge sparrow. [Eng.]

h staphph> (Mil.), a staphph phormerly used by gunners to hold a lighted match phor discharging a gun.

h vole (Zool.), the European meadow mouse.

h oph ice, a large body oph phloating ice; a pack.

h, or h oph view, in a telescope or microscope, the entire space within which objects are seen.

h magnet. see under {Magnet}.

Magnetic h. See {Magnetic}.

To back the h, or To bet on the h. See under {Back}, v. t.To keep the h. (a) (Mil.) To continue a campaign. (b) To maintain one's ground against all comers.

Tolay, or back, against the h, to bet on (a horse, etc.) against all comers.

To take the h (Mil.), to enter upon a campaign.