• Back cover, showing a waterfall; a house; a small boat at sea; decorative initials
    Back cover, showing a waterfall; a house; a small boat at sea; decorative initials
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • House-boat a barge with a deck-cabin that may serve as a dwelling-place
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hús; Goth. hus, Ger. haus.


In literature:

Then he rose, left the house, and went back to the boat.
"The Book of Missionary Heroes" by Basil Mathews
I want a boat to go to my mother's house; know you of one at liberty?
"Kate Bonnet" by Frank R. Stockton
The boat had been left outside the boat house, tied to a stake of the wharf.
"A Little Florida Lady" by Dorothy C. Paine
The houses rise in terraces up the sharp hillside fronting the harbor, which was literally a forest of fishing-boat masts.
"British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car" by Thomas D. Murphy
Granny Flynn had come straight to the Westabrook house from the boat that brought her from Ireland years ago.
"Maida's Little Shop" by Inez Haynes Irwin
Officers and men were also to be private owners of no boats nor of shares in public-houses or fishing-craft.
"King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855" by E. Keble Chatterton
A teacher of Latin read to his pupils "The House-Boat on the Styx" in connection with their reading of the "AEneid.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
The boat on its return had landed Madam Archdale and her guests on the pebbly beach at Seascape, not far from the house.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2" by Various
On the porch of the boat-house a mile or so down-stream was gathered a group of young fellows, also watching wistfully.
"Pee-Wee Harris Adrift" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
I went yesterday to deposit my cooking things and boat furniture at my washerwoman's house.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon

In poetry:

By green Pentucket's southern'slope
The small boat glided fast;
The watchers of the Block-house saw
The strangers as they passed.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A boat-house by the terrace side,
Shelter'd a small and simple boat:
And sometimes half way o'er the tide
Chain'd to its home, it us'd to float.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
God bless the boys who keep a watch afloat,
But bless them too, who keep a house ashore;
For they are comrades in the same brave boat.
You ought to have a medal, Mrs. More.
"You Ought To Have A Medal, Mrs. More" by A P Herbert
The little boats beneath the Norman castle,
The pier shining with lumps of crystal salt;
The Scotch Quarter was a line of residential houses
But the Irish Quarter was a slum for the blind and halt.
"Carrickfergus" by Louis MacNeice
It was such a lovely sunshine-day,
The house and the yard couldn't hold me;
I loosened a boat, on my back I lay,
While blithely the current bowled me;
But hot grew the sun, and peeled my nose;
Enough was enough, and to land I chose.
"The Day Of Sunshine" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
They were carried to a boarding-house without delay,
But those that were looking on were stricken with dismay,
When the remains of James and Angus McDonald were found in the boat,
Likewise three pieces or flesh in a pool or blood afloat.
"A Tale of the Sea" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The pilot house of a well-known freighter will be the center of a celebration of the boat's centennial today.
Go to the slideshow for more pictures and information on the high-tech house boat .
PORT ST LUCIE — The submerged body of a man last seen Tuesday night was found Wednesday near the man's house boat at the Club Med marina, though foul play is not suspected in the incident, according to police.
She said that was highly unusual, and she tried to contact Coutts on his house boat .
House boat moved to dry ground.
The house boat is now on solid ground located on a lot across the road from the dock it has called home for over 20 years.
Superstorm Sandy caused billions of dollars of damage, washing away houses, boardwalks and boats.
A view shows boats piled next to a house, where they were washed ashore during Hurricane Sandy, near Monmouth Beach, New Jersey Oct 31, 2012.
A view of the Boldt Castle boat house as seen from Belle Island on a clear day.
An American white pelican swims in the cove near the Sandusky boat houses on Saturday, November 5, 2012.
Like many Islanders, Sito, the Jack Russell Terrier, rents his house out during the summer and lives elsewhere, in this case on a boat in the harbor.
Jillianne Marie Dolce and Kory Allan Higgs exchanged wedding vows on Sept 17, 2011, at the Boat House in Lily Dale, N.Y.
Electronic House Magazine editor Lisa Montgomery is dwarfed by this massive pleasure boat.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sandy hit Staten Island hard, knocking down parts of houses, tossing boats and cars around and swamping parks and streets.
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