habit

Definitions

  • "His playful habit of pulling out the pegs."
    "His playful habit of pulling out the pegs."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v habit put a habit on
    • n habit (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition "owls have nocturnal habits","she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair","long use had hardened him to it"
    • n habit excessive use of drugs
    • n habit a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order
    • n habit attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire)
    • n habit an established custom "it was their habit to dine at 7 every evening"
    • n habit the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal) "a shrub of spreading habit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Due to eating habits in the USA, one in three children born in the year 2000 have a chance of getting type II diabetes
    • Habit Fixed or established custom; ordinary course of conduct; practice; usage; hence, prominently, the involuntary tendency or aptitude to perform certain actions which is acquired by their frequent repetition; as, habit is second nature; also, peculiar ways of acting; characteristic forms of behavior. "A man of very shy, retired habits ."
    • Habit Outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit . "Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy.""There are, among the statues, several of Venus, in different habits ."
    • Habit The distinctive clothing worn commonly by nuns or monks; as, in the late 1900's many orders of nuns discarded their habits and began to dress as ordinary lay women. "How use doth breed a habit in a man!""He who reigns . . . upheld by old repute,
      Consent, or custom"
    • Habit (Biol) The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism.
    • Habit The usual condition or state of a person or thing, either natural or acquired, regarded as something had, possessed, and firmly retained; as, a religious habit; his habit is morose; elms have a spreading habit ; esp., physical temperament or constitution; as, a full habit of body.
    • Habit To accustom; to habituate. "Haunt thyself to pity."
    • Habit To dress; to clothe; to array. "They habited themselves like those rural deities."
    • Habit To inhabit. "In thilke places as they [birds habiten ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Born on November 2, 1718, British politician, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, is credited with naming the 'sandwich.' He developed a habit of eating beef between slice of toast so he could continue to play cards uninterrupted.
    • n habit A usual or characteristic state or condition; natural condition, attitude, appearance, or development; customary mode of being. Specifically— A characteristic or particular physical state or condition: as, a full, lax, or costive habit of body; a man of spare habit.
    • n habit A usual or customary mode of action; particularly, a mode of action so established by use as to be entirely natural, involuntary, instinctive, unconscious, uncontrollable, etc.: used especially of the action, whether physical, mental, or moral, of living beings, but also, by extension, of that of inanimate things; hence, in general, custom; usage; also, a natural or more generally an acquired proclivity, disposition, or tendency to act in a certain way.
    • n habit In logic, a character which can be separated from its subject, without the destruction of the latter.
    • n habit External dress; particularly, the costume or dress regularly worn, or appropriate for a particular occasion, use, or vocation.
    • n habit A costume worn by women when riding on horseback; a riding-habit. This, until a recent date (perhaps 1870), had a very long full skirt of cloth which it was customary to pin or otherwise fasten below the feet of the wearer when mounted. The habit used at present is much shorter, and close-fitting. The edge or hem of the skirt is sometimes loaded.
    • n habit The grade marked by this dress. Entering this grade involves almost entire seclusion from earthly things, and constant devotion to religious exercises. Most Oriental monks do not assume the great habit except at the approach of death, the greater number being vowed to the little habit only.
    • n habit In Scotland, general report: as, by habit and repute a thief.
    • n habit The grade marked by this dress. Those who wish to enter this grade have first to pass through the rhasophoria or novitiate. See great habit.
    • habit To dwell; abide; reside.
    • habit To dwell in; inhabit.
    • habit To fix by custom; accustom; habituate.
    • habit To dress; clothe; array.
    • n habit In petrography, the general appearance of a rock given by the texture and the mode, that is, the mineral composition. Rocks may have the same habit and not agree closely in composition.
    • n habit A small piece of linen attached to a woman's collar at the back, designed to go under the neck of the dress and keep the collar in place.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: New York City has the most skyscrapers of any city in the world with 140. Chicago is a distant second at 68. The term "skyscraper" technically describes all habitable buildings with a height of more than 500 ft (152m).
    • n Habit hab′it ordinary course of conduct: tendency to perform certain actions: general condition or tendency, as of the body: practice: custom: outward appearance: dress, esp. any official or customary costume: a garment, esp. a tight-fitting dress, with a skirt, worn by ladies on horseback
    • v.t Habit to dress:—pr.p. hab′iting; pa.p. hab′ited
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Quotations

  • Ed Foreman
    Ed Foreman
    “Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing.”
  • Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    “Habit is ten times nature.”
  • St. Augustine
    St.%20Augustine
    “Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.”
  • William Frederick Book
    William Frederick Book
    “Never permit failure to become a habit.”
  • Vince Lombardi
    Vince%20Lombardi
    “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”
  • Mary Martin
    Mary Martin
    “Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.”

Idioms

Kick a habit - If you kick a habit, you stop doing it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. habit, abit, F. habit, fr. L. habitus, state, appearance, dress, fr. habere, to have, be in a condition; prob. akin to E. have., See Have, and cf. Able Binnacle Debt Due Exhibit Malady.

Usage

In literature:

These birds have another habit that is worth mentioning.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
The habit of storing feces for twenty-four hours ought to concur and keep pace with a habit of eating one meal in the same period.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
There are other causes, such as late hours, bad habits, improper food or irregular meals.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
The habit gains strength, till, at last, the daily drinker is swept away by the first adverse gale.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Efforts should be continued until the habit is established.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
From an early age he had been in the habit of amusing himself by writing.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
If you waken unrefreshed, I should want to inquire into your habits of life.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
The existing habits of the ape tribe lead us to the conclusion that the ancestral animal may have soon begun to seek support from upper limbs.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
In this sense the proverb is significant that habit is called a second nature, and that man is a creature of habit.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
That is, it must serve to correct bad and wandering habits of thinking and to cultivate good and consecutive habits.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
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In poetry:

O habitants of homes of clay,
Why lift ye such a swelling eye,
Ye are but as the beasts that die,
What do ye boast of more than they?
"The Dwellers In Clay" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Old Nick, who taught the village-school,
Wedded a maid of homespun habit;
He was as stubborn as a mule,
She was as playful as a rabbit.
"The Retort." by George Pope Morris
I love thy habitation, Lord,
The temple where thine honors dwell;
There shall I hear thine holy word,
And there thy works of wonder tell.
"Psalm 26" by Isaac Watts
What husky habitations seem
These comfortable sayings! they fell,
In some rich year become a dream:-
So cries my heart, the infidel! . . .
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
Thine be the quiet habitations,
Thine the green pastures, blossom-sown,
And smiles of saintly recognition,
As sweet and tender as thy own.
"A Memorial" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Aw prize thee just for what tha art;--
Net for thi brass, thi clooas, or station;
But just becoss aw know thi heart,
Finds honest worth an habitation.
"Gooid" by John Hartley

In news:

This review contains suggestive language and encourages poor dining habits.
'Sister Act' not exactly habit-forming .
Latest Pier One offering ' habit-forming ' by Carey James Staff Writer.
New Mars theory casts doubt on planet's habitability .
Warranty of Habitability took 50 years to reach the law books, but will it work.
The New Planetary Habitability Index.
Planetary Habitability Index Katie Peek.
Astronomers often estimate the habitability of extrasolar planets and moons based mostly on their temperatures and distance from the nearest star.
Newfound 'super-Earth' could be habitable for life.
Astronomers Discover Potentially Habitable 'Super Earth' 42 Light Years Away.
The term, however, does not have anything to do with the potential habitability of these planets—so you can put the terraforming gear back in the closet for now.
Fresh methods help scientists spot super-Earth in habitable zone.
An artist's representation of a super-Earth planet HD 40307-g in the habitable zone around HD 40307, 42 light years away.
Habitable zone 'Super Earth' candidate planet detected.
"It clearly does satisfy the agreed-upon necessary condition for habitability ," Vogt says.
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In science:

Applying Habits of Mind to Teachers Basic habits of mind. The table below shows examples of how teachers can apply the six basic habits of mind to their own instructional practice. Note that the examples apply not only to teachers interactions with students but also to their interactions with colleagues.
ASK-IT/A2L: Assessing student knowlede with instructional technology
Basic habits of mind. The table below shows examples of how students can apply the basic habits of mind to their learning.
ASK-IT/A2L: Assessing student knowlede with instructional technology
Advanced habits of mind. The following are examples of how students can apply the advanced habits of mind to their learning, thinking, and communication.
ASK-IT/A2L: Assessing student knowlede with instructional technology
The MEarth Pro ject is a survey to photometrically monitor approximately 2000 nearby M dwarfs, searching for transits by planets that could be habitable Super-Earths (Irwin et al. 2009a).
Searching for Planets During Predicted Mesolensing Events: II. PLAN-IT: An Observing Program and its Application to VB 10
For a 0.25M⊙ star with a planet in an orbit of 0.13 AU, corresponding roughly to the center of the habitable zone (Di Stefano & Night 2008), this probability is roughly equal to 0.009 .
Searching for Planets During Predicted Mesolensing Events: II. PLAN-IT: An Observing Program and its Application to VB 10
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