Definitions for: House


[n] play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults; "the children were playing house"
[n] a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families; "he has a house on Cape Cod"; "she felt she had to get out of the house"
[n] a building in which something is sheltered or located; "they had a large carriage house"
[n] a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
[n] aristocratic family line; "the House of York"
[n] members of a business organization; "he worked for a brokerage house"
[n] a social unit living together; "he moved his family to Virginia"; "It was a good Christian household"; "I waited until the whole house was asleep"; "the teacher asked how many people made up his home"
[n] an official assembly having legislative powers; "the legislature has two houses"
[n] the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema; "the house applauded"; "he counted the house"
[n] the members of a religious community living together
[n] the management of a gambling house or casino; "the house gets a percentage of every bet"
[n] (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
[v] provide housing for; "The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town"
[v] contain or cover; "This box houses the gears"



Webster (1913) Definition: House, n.; pl. Houses. [OE. hous, hus, AS. h?s; akin
to OS. & OFries. h?s, D. huis, OHG. h?s, G. haus, Icel. h?s,
Sw. hus, Dan. huus, Goth. gudh?s, house of God, temple; and
prob. to E. hide to conceal. See Hide, and cf. Hoard,
Husband, Hussy, Husting.]
1. A structure intended or used as a habitation or shelter
for animals of any kind; but especially, a building or
edifice for the habitation of man; a dwelling place, a
mansion.

Houses are built to live in; not to look on.
--Bacon.

Bees with smoke and doves with noisome stench Are
from their hives and houses driven away. --Shak.

2. Household affairs; domestic concerns; particularly in the
phrase to keep house. See below.

3. Those who dwell in the same house; a household.

One that feared God with all his house. --Acts x. 2.

4. A family of ancestors, descendants, and kindred; a race of
persons from the same stock; a tribe; especially, a noble
family or an illustrious race; as, the house of Austria;
the house of Hanover; the house of Israel.

The last remaining pillar of their house, The one
transmitter of their ancient name. --Tennyson.

5. One of the estates of a kingdom or other government
assembled in parliament or legislature; a body of men
united in a legislative capacity; as, the House of Lords;
the House of Commons; the House of Representatives; also,
a quorum of such a body. See Congress, and Parliament.

6. (Com.) A firm, or commercial establishment.

7. A public house; an inn; a hotel.

8. (Astrol.) A twelfth part of the heavens, as divided by six
circles intersecting at the north and south points of the
horizon, used by astrologers in noting the positions of
the heavenly bodies, and casting horoscopes or nativities.
The houses were regarded as fixed in respect to the
horizon, and numbered from the one at the eastern horizon,
called the ascendant, first house, or house of life,
downward, or in the direction of the earth's revolution,
the stars and planets passing through them in the reverse
order every twenty-four hours.

9. A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of
a piece.

10. An audience; an assembly of hearers, as at a lecture, a
theater, etc.; as, a thin or a full house.

11. The body, as the habitation of the soul.

This mortal house I'll ruin, Do C[ae]sar what he
can. --Shak.

12.

Usage: [With an adj., as narrow, dark, etc.] The grave. ``The
narrow house.'' --Bryant.

Note: House is much used adjectively and as the first element
of compounds. The sense is usually obvious; as, house
cricket, housemaid, house painter, housework.

House ant (Zo["o]l.), a very small, yellowish brown ant
(Myrmica molesta), which often infests houses, and
sometimes becomes a great pest.

House of bishops (Prot. Epis. Ch.), one of the two bodies
composing a general convertion, the other being House of
Clerical and Lay Deputies.

House boat, a covered boat used as a dwelling.

House of call, a place, usually a public house, where
journeymen connected with a particular trade assemble when
out of work, ready for the call of employers. [Eng.]


House, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Housed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Housing.] [AS. h?sian.]
1. To take or put into a house; to shelter under a roof; to
cover from the inclemencies of the weather; to protect by
covering; as, to house one's family in a comfortable home;
to house farming utensils; to house cattle.

At length have housed me in a humble shed. --Young.

House your choicest carnations, or rather set them
under a penthouse. --Evelyn.

2. To drive to a shelter. --Shak.

3. To admit to residence; to harbor.

Palladius wished him to house all the Helots. --Sir
P. Sidney.

4. To deposit and cover, as in the grave. --Sandys.

5. (Naut.) To stow in a safe place; to take down and make
safe; as, to house the upper spars.


House, v. i.
1. To take shelter or lodging; to abide to dwell; to lodge.

You shall not house with me. --Shak.

2. (Astrol.) To have a position in one of the houses. See
House, n., 8. ``Where Saturn houses.'' --Dryden.

Synonyms: business firm, domiciliate, firm, home, household, mansion, menage, planetary house, put up, sign, sign of the zodiac, star sign, theater, theatre

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