• WordNet 3.6
    • n occupancy the act of occupying or taking possession of a building "occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal"
    • n occupancy an act of being a tenant or occupant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The occupations of the three men in a tub were butcher, baker, and candlestick maker.
    • Occupancy The act of taking or holding possession, especially of real property or rental property; possession; occupation.
    • Occupancy The period of time during which one occupies a property.
    • Occupancy The state or condition of being occupied; as, occupancy by more than 250 people is dangerous and unlawful.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The six most dangerous occupations in America are; football player, firefighter, race-car driver, astrnaut, police officer, and fisherman.
    • n occupancy The act of taking possession, or the being in actual possession; more specifically, in law, the taking possession of a thing not belonging to any person, and the right acquired by such act; that mode of acquiring property which is founded on the principle that he who takes possession of an ownerless thing, with the design of appropriating it to himself, thereby becomes the owner of it; the act of occupying or holding in actual as distinguished from constructive possession. Formerly, when a man held land pur autre vio (for the life of another), and died before that other, as his estate could not descend to his heir nor revert to the donor until the determination of the specified life, it was considered to belong of right to the first who took possession of it for the remainder of the life, and such possession was termed general occupancy. And when the gift was to one and his heirs for the life of another, the heir was said to take as special occupant. As the law now stands, however, a man is enabled to devise lands held by him pur autre vie, and if no such devise be made, and there be no special occupant, it goes to his executors or administrators.
    • n occupancy The term during which one is an occupant: as, during his occupancy of the post.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "honcho" comes from a Japanese word meaning "squad leader" and first came into usage in the English language during the American occupation of Japan following World War II.
    • ns Occupancy the act of occupying, or of taking or holding possession: possession: the time during which one occupies
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  • Laurence Sterne
    “There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.”
  • Truman Capote
    Truman Capote
    “Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends.”
  • Queen Christina
    Queen Christina
    “It is necessary to try to surpass one's self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Occupation is the scythe of time.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Occupant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. occupāre, -ātumob, to, on, capĕre, to take.


In literature:

At 9.15 a.m. a French cavalry officer reported to Maxse that French cavalry was in occupation of the heights to the north of Bellot.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
The most decisive set of facts is the growth in the number of whites and Negroes in gainful occupations in Southern cities.
"The Negro at Work in New York City" by George Edmund Haynes
Eleanor seemed to suffer his addresses for lack of other occupation.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Mr. Kincaid ceased his occupation, removed his pipe from his mouth, and looked up at Bobby searchingly.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
It had no other occupants at this time.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
All were easy, and some of them even seemed delightful occupations.
"Patty's Success" by Carolyn Wells
The choice of an occupation is a serious matter with most young men.
"James Watt" by Andrew Carnegie
The occupants propelled themselves by means of lazy hands laid upon the sides of neighbouring boats.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
Modelling of engines in clay continued to be another of his favourite occupations.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
I could not tell who were its occupants, though, from the slight glimpse I had got of them, I saw there were ladies in it.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
The two things which most marked the Roman occupation were London Wall and Bridge.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
Beside the Texan prisoners, its other occupants now were men of Mexican birth.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Two lists which come to us from early days cast light on the population and occupations of the early period.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson
We lived in the same house, but I knew nothing of her occupations and amusements.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Less than 300 of the occupants of the refinery won clear.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The first fell a victim to gunfire, both occupants being killed.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
There, greatly to his surprise, he looked down into a small motor-boat, with two occupants, keeping close to the sloping wall.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Despite successive foreign invasions and centuries of occupation, a distinctive ethnic identity was preserved.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
He was also enstranged from his home by the occupation of his mind with matters of which no one around him had ever heard.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
The employment is not more arduous than any other sedentary occupation.
"Work for Women" by George J. Manson

In poetry:

Crisp hot whiteness
City Noon
Occupants of plague zone
are consumed.
"Notes On Vision" by James Douglas Morrison
Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
That is known as the Children's Hour.
"The Children's Hour. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Second)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
CHO. Through the night, the constellations,
Have given light from various stations.
When midnight gloom falls on all nations,
We will resume our occupations.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Some desperate attempts were made
To start a conversation;
"Madam," the sportive Brown essayed,
"Which kind of recreation,
Hunting or fishing, have you made
Your special occupation?"
"Melancholetta" by Lewis Carroll
A genius brighter than a dunce
May follow up two trades at once;
For mending shoes, and teaching school,
Are seldom follow'd by a fool:
Two occupations here we find,
One props the body--one, the mind.
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton
My cabin, that I thought a tomb,
Despite its neat and bright array,
Seems now a smiling summer room
Where only Peace hath leave to stay;
And Occupation's Eden-state,
Light, mirthful, earnest, and elate.
"The Oceanides XII" by Mary Jane Jewsbury

In news:

McAllen residents will be asked to vote on whether to increase the hotel occupancy tax by two points.
People are being asked to vote on whether to increase the hotel occupancy tax by 2.
Hotel occupancy numbers on the rise.
Hotel occupancy numbers for Colorado Springs are almost as hot as the weather, lately.
Duplin to consider raising hotel occupancy tax to 6.
Duplin commissioners will hold a public hearing at 9:30 am Tuesday on increasing the hotel occupancy tax by 3 percent.
Hotel Occupancy Rate Hit Record Level Last Year.
Hotel Occupancy and Room Rates Are Up.
Are you going to vote "For" or "Against" the hotel occupancy tax rate proposition for the downtown ballpark.
Charlotte Harbor, Fla. Occupational Health and Safety.
890 per person (based on double occupancy).
This Polish production tells the true story of Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz), who, when we meet him, is a petty criminal taking advantage of the social breakdown under Nazi occupation.
The movie's power comes from its uncompromising take on the heroism of a Polish sewer inspector during the country's 1942 German occupation.
Hidden on a hill overlooking Australia's Pittwater Bay, Rob Brown's design for the James-Robertson house happily opens itself (and its occupants) to all that Mother Nature can dish out.
Occupational Therapy Student Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri.

In science:

Then Gk+1 (x, B ) results as the total occupation time of 0–level mass in B .
Occupation Time Fluctuations in Branching Systems
In the absence of additional external perturbations, the coupling hW 2 i arises because of temperature-dependent fluctuations in the site-occupancy of the optical lattice, which has an approximately gaussian distribution .
Random Scattering by Atomic Density Fluctuations in Optical Lattices
FIG. 2. (A) Electron pair occupancy, and (B) schematic of excitation probability.
Understanding BCS Theory
To generate subgraphs, we use the random bond occupation process with equal occupation probability for each link.
Universal scaling functions for bond percolation on planar random and square lattices with multiple percolating clusters
However, the width of the spanning cluster is greater than in a standard site or bond occupation percolation problem.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
The effective box occupation distribution is tnΩ(N − 1, M − n)/Ω(N , M ).
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
The effective box occupation distribution follows.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
Note that in the Swendsen-Wang algorithm it is the temperature that determines the occupation of satisfied bonds.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
For the binomial random walk we analyse the corrections to the continuum limit on the example of the mean occupation time.
Statistics of the occupation time for a random walk in the presence of a moving boundary
Cauchy distribution of steps, we determine the probability distribution of the occupation time.
Statistics of the occupation time for a random walk in the presence of a moving boundary
This method has recently been applied to the investigation of the distribution of the occupation time of subordinated Brownian motion (see also ).
Statistics of the occupation time for a random walk in the presence of a moving boundary
For v = 0, the distribution of the occupation time is given by (3).
Statistics of the occupation time for a random walk in the presence of a moving boundary
For the binomial random walk, we investigate the corrections to the continuum limit on the example of the mean occupation time.
Statistics of the occupation time for a random walk in the presence of a moving boundary
Then, for a Cauchy distribution of steps, we determine the distribution of the occupation time P (T + n = k) explicitly.
Statistics of the occupation time for a random walk in the presence of a moving boundary
The latter can be interpreted as the occupation numbers associated with each eigenstate.
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids