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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  banning;  i.e.,  placing  under  a  "ban,"  or  devoting  to  utter 
  destruction.  After  the  manifestation  of  God's  anger  against  the 
  Israelites,  on  account  of  their  rebellion  and  their  murmurings 
  when  the  spies  returned  to  the  camp  at  Kadesh,  in  the  wilderness 
  of  Paran,  with  an  evil  report  of  the  land,  they  quickly  repented 
  of  their  conduct,  and  presumed  to  go  up  "to  the  head  of  the 
  mountain,"  seeking  to  enter  the  Promised  Land,  but  without  the 
  presence  of  the  Lord,  without  the  ark  of  the  convenant,  and 
  without  Moses.  The  Amalekites  and  the  Canaanites  came  down  and 
  "smote  and  discomfited  them  even  unto  Hormah"  (Num.  14:45).  This 
  place  or  perhaps  the  watch-tower  commanding  it  was  originally 
  called  Zephath  (Judg.  1:17),  the  modern  Sebaiteh  Afterwards 
  (Num.  21:1-3)  Arad,  the  king  of  the  Canaanites,  at  the  close  of 
  the  wanderings,  when  the  Israelites  were  a  second  time  encamped 
  at  Kadesh,  "fought  against  them  and  took  some  of  them 
  prisoners."  But  Israel  vowed  a  vow  unto  the  Lord  utterly  to 
  destroy  the  cities  of  the  Canaanites;  they  banned"  them  and 
  hence  the  place  was  now  called  Hormah.  But  this  ban"  was  not 
  fully  executed  till  the  time  of  Joshua,  who  finally  conquered 
  the  king  of  this  district,  so  that  the  ancient  name  Zephath 
  became  Hormah"  (Josh.  12:14;  Judg.  1:17). 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Hormah,  devoted  or  consecrated  to  God;  utter  destruction