• WordNet 3.6
    • n occupant someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there
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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.
    • Occupant A prostitute.
    • Occupant One who occupies, or takes possession; one who has the actual use or possession, or is in possession, of a thing; as, the occupant of the apartment is not at home.
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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 occupant One who occupies; an inhabitant; especially, one in actual possession, as a tenant, who has actual possession, in distinction from the landlord, who has legal or constructive possession.
    • n occupant More specifically, in law, one who first takes possession of that which has no legal owner.
    • n occupant A prostitute.
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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.
    • Occupant one who takes or has possession
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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
L. occupans, p. pr. of occupare,: cf. F. occupant,. See Occupy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. occupāre, -ātumob, to, on, capĕre, to take.


In literature:

A pleasant occupation for my father's son!
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
To secure fuel provided constant occupation and frequent stumbling-blocks.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
Choose that occupation, if possible, which will be the most helpful to the largest number.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
Nor is there any real distinction of occupation between them, the men following any occupation indifferently.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
The traditional occupation of the Lakheras is to make and sell bangles and other articles of lac.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
They claim that the occupants of the following pueblos, in the same region of the Rio Grande, are of their people and speak the same tongue.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
Farming is naturally the most healthful of the industrial occupations.
"New Ideals in Rural Schools" by George Herbert Betts
The sound came from the occupants of the stage box in which Lord Ranelagh and his party had ensconced themselves.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
Cultivate the reading habit in your younger days that it may be a pleasant occupation when your legs and hands grow feeble with age.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
American occupation of Cebu City.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman

In poetry:

Crisp hot whiteness
City Noon
Occupants of plague zone
are consumed.
"Notes On Vision" by James Douglas Morrison
Though ways be foul, and days are dim,
He makes no lamentation;
The primal "fount" of woe to him
Is--want of occupation:
"The Happy Printer" by Henry Austin Dobson
The boats are lowered, but, sad to say,
Engulfed amid the briny spray;
Leave all their occupants to lave,
And welter in the angry wave.
"The Wreck of the S. S. Penguin" by Angus Cameron Robertson
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

In news:

Some vans rate 'Poor' in whiplash safety Crash ratings by insurance safety group show few minivans protect occupants in rear-end accidents.
The present occupant of the White House blissfully ignorant about the economy.
Charlie Herschel Occupation: Attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
We are happy to report this year's occupancy rates (at taxed hotels, motels, B&Bs) are on the upswing, with June showing a nearly 10 percent increase compared to last year.
Maui hotel occupancy , room revenues rank high in worldwide list.
Occupancy at Maui hotels during the first half of the year ranked third among more than 38,000 "island and sun" properties worldwide, according to a new report by Honolulu-based.
EDINBURGH, Scotland—A recently released report by hotel analyst STR Global shows that Scottish cities account for three of the top five European cities with the highest hotel occupancy —a 60 percent share.
Hotel occupancy , rate remain higher than last summer.
Detroit area hotel occupancy strengthens.
Utah occupancy levels and the average daily room rate for hotels and motels were both up slightly in 2011.
Residents to Vote on McAllen's Hotel Occupancy Rate.
Defying the Occupation Through the Theater and the Art.
How Palestinians Resist Occupation by Planting Trees.
71 Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Musician Known For: Winning the "right place, right time" lottery when he was asked to join The Beatles right before they made it big.
Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs, according to the US Department of Labor.

In science:

P|ω | k=0 1 {v} (ωk ) is the occupation time of the vertex v by the trajectory ω .
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
We now consider the local and the occupation time separately.
The Local and the Occupation Time of a Particle Diffusing in a Random Medium
Assign penalties to individual strips according to occupancy.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
The effect of quenched disorder, i.e. when the occupation probabilities are position dependent random variables, can be studied by scaling considerations.
Percolation in random environment
In the present paper we study percolation on a square lattice with strip random occupation probabilities.
Percolation in random environment