• WordNet 3.6
    • v house provide housing for "The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town"
    • v house contain or cover "This box houses the gears"
    • n house 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 house 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 house a building in which something is sheltered or located "they had a large carriage house"
    • n house a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented "the house was full"
    • n house aristocratic family line "the House of York"
    • n house the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments "he worked for a brokerage house"
    • n house 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 house an official assembly having legislative powers "a bicameral legislature has two houses"
    • n house the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema "the house applauded","he counted the house"
    • n house the members of a religious community living together
    • n house the management of a gambling house or casino "the house gets a percentage of every bet"
    • n house (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
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Additional illustrations & photos:

House of the Tragic Poet House of the Tragic Poet
Timbered House in the Market Place, Godalming Timbered House in the Market Place, Godalming
Wotton House Wotton House
Old Timbered House near Bletchingley Old Timbered House near Bletchingley
The Manor-House at Beauport The Manor-House at Beauport
Manor House, Sillery Manor House, Sillery
Old Parliament House, Quebec Old Parliament House, Quebec
"My magnificent order at the Public House" "My magnificent order at the Public House"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1825, the first toilet was installed in the White House
    • House 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."
    • House (Com) A firm, or commercial establishment.
    • House A public house; an inn; a hotel.
    • House A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a piece.
    • House 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.""Bees with smoke and doves with noisome stench
      Are from their hives and houses driven away."
    • House (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.
    • House An audience; an assembly of hearers, as at a lecture, a theater, etc.; as, a thin or a full house .
    • House Household affairs; domestic concerns; particularly in the phrase to keep house. See below.
    • House 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.
    • House The body, as the habitation of the soul. "This mortal house I'll ruin,
      Do Cæsar what he can."
    • House The grave. "The narrow house ."
    • House Those who dwell in the same house; a household. "One that feared God with all his house ."
    • House To admit to residence; to harbor. "Palladius wished him to house all the Helots."
    • House To deposit and cover, as in the grave.
    • House To drive to a shelter.
    • House (Astrol) To have a position in one of the houses. See House n., 8. "Where Saturn houses ."
    • House (Naut) To stow in a safe place; to take down and make safe; as, to house the upper spars.
    • House 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.""House your choicest carnations, or rather set them under a penthouse."
    • House To take shelter or lodging; to abide to dwell; to lodge. "You shall not house with me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In a lifetime, the average house cat spends approximately 10,950 hours purring
    • n house A building designed to be used as a place of residence, or of human occupation for any purpose: as, a dwelling-house; a banking-house; a house of worship; a public house. In law the word house, used for a dwelling-place, is sometimes interpreted as excluding and sometimes as including outbuildings.
    • n house Hence An abiding-place; an abode; a place or means of lodgment; a fixed shelter or investment: as, the hermit-crab carries its house on its back.
    • n house A building used for some purpose other than human occupation: usually with a descriptive prefix: as, a cow-house; a warehouse; a tool-house.
    • n house The persons collectively who dwell together under one roof; a family; a household.
    • n house A family regarded as consisting of ancestors, descendants, and kindred; a race of persons from one stock; a tribe; especially, a noble family or an illustrious race: as, the house of Hapsburg; the house of Hanover; the house of Israel or of Judah.
    • n house A legislative body; usually, one of the divisions of the legislative branch of a government acting separately, or of any deliberative body divided into two chambers: as, the House of Lords or of Commons in the British Parliament; the House of Representatives in the United States Congress; the House of Bishops and the House of Delegates in the American Episcopal Church. The less numerous or higher in rank of the two bodies composing a bicameral legislature is commonly spoken of, though not officially designated, as the upper house, the other as the lower house.
    • n house Specifically, in the United States, the lower house, or House of Representatives, the more numerous of the two bodies of the national legislature. The name is also given in some States to the corresponding body in the State legislature. See congress, 4.
    • n house The audience or attendance at a place of entertainment.
    • n house In com., a firm or commercial establishment: as, the house of Jones Brothers.
    • n house Chamber; room; specifically, in provincial English use, the ordinary sitting-room in a farm-house; in sulphuric-acid works, one of the chambers in which the acid is formed.
    • n house In astrology, a twelfth part of the heavens as divided by great circles drawn through the north and south points of the horizon, in the same way as meridians pass through the earth's poles. The heavens, visible and invisible, excluding the parts that never rise and that never set, were thus divided into twelve parts, six being above the horizon and six below. But there was considerable diversity in the details of the rule for dividing the heavens into houses. They are of different relative magnitudes. according to the different rules which were used for finding their limits. The twelve houses were numbered round from east to south, and so on, beginning with that which lay in the east immediately below the horizon. The first house was called the house of life; the second, that of fortune or riches; the third that of brethren; the fourth, that of relations; the fifth, that of children; the sixth, that of health; the seventh, that of marriage; the eighth, that of death or the upper portal; the ninth, that of religion; the tenth, that of dig nities; the eleventh, that of friends and benefactors; and the twelfth, that of enemies or of captivity. The succeedent houses are the second, fifth, eighth, and eleventh. The cadent houses are the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth.
    • n house A square or division on a chess-board.—
    • n house The workhouse; poorhouse.
    • n house An outhouse; a privy.
    • house To put or receive into a house; provide with a dwelling or residence; put or keep under a roof; cover; shelter; protect by covering.
    • house To cause to take shelter.
    • house To hide.
    • house Nautical: To arrange in the form of a ridged roof, as an awning, so as to shed rain.
    • house To remove from exposure; put in a place of deposit or a state of security: as, to house a boat or a sail. A gun is housed by running it in on deck and securing it by tackle, muzzle-lashing, and breeching, after the breech has been depressed so that the muzzle rests against the side of the ship above the port. Topmasts and topgallantmasts are housed by partly lowering them, to lessen the effect of wind on the masts and rigging.
    • house In carpentry, to fix in a socket, mortice, or other space cut out, as a board or timber fitting into another.
    • house To take shelter or lodging; take up abode; reside.
    • house In astrology, to be situated in a house or region of the heavens.
    • n house A covering; housing; especially, a covering of textile material, as for a piece of furniture, fitted more or less accurately to the object covered.
    • n house A child's coverlet.
    • house To cover with or as with a housing.
    • n house In some tunicates, as Appendicularia and Oikopleura, a temporary gelatinous envelop, representing the tunic of other forms. It is formed with great rapidity as a secretion from the surface of the ectoderm and is frequently thrown off and renewed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In their lifetime, house cats spend approximately 10,950 hours purring
    • n House hows a building for dwelling in: a dwelling-place: an inn: household affairs: a family: kindred: a trading establishment: one of the twelve divisions of the heavens in astrology: one of the estates of the legislature (House of Lords or Upper House, House of Commons or Lower House; also Upper and Lower Houses of Convocation, House of Representatives, &c.): at Oxford, 'The House,' Christ Church College: the audience at a place of entertainment, a theatre, &c. (a full house, a thin house):
    • v.t House howz to protect by covering: to shelter: to store: to provide houses for
    • v.i House to take shelter: to reside
    • adj House pertaining to the house and family
    • adj House domestic
    • n House hows (coll.) the workhouse
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “The ego is not master in its own house.”
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
    Zsa Zsa Gabor
    “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.”
  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “The road to a friend's house is never long.”
  • Le Corbusier
    Le Corbusier
    “A house is a machine for living in.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “The right of an inventor to his invention is no monopoly; in any other sense than a man's house is a monopoly.”


Bring the house down - Something that brings the house down is acclaimed and praised vigorously.
Don't throw bricks when you live in a glass house - Don't call others out on actions that you, yourself do. Don't be a hypocrite.
Get on like a house on fire - If people get on like a house on fire, they have a very close and good relationship.
House of cards - Something that is poorly thought out and can easily collapse or fail is a house of cards.
Make bets in a burning house - (USA) If people are making bets in a burning house, they are engaged in futile activity while serious problems around them are getting worse.
On the house - If you get something for free that would normally have to be bought, especially in a bar or restaurant, it is on the house.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones - People should not criticize other people for faults that they have themselves.
Round the houses - If you go round the houses, you do something in an inefficient way when there is a quicker, more convenient way.
Safe as houses - Something that is as safe as houses is very secure or certain.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hous, hus, AS. hs,; akin to OS. & OFries. hs, D. huis, OHG. hs, G. haus, Icel. hs, Sw. hus, Dan. huus, Goth. gudhs, house of God, temple; and prob. to E. hide, to conceal. See Hide, and cf. Hoard Husband Hussy Husting
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hús; Goth. hus, Ger. haus.


In literature:

Took all de meat out de smoke-house, corn out de crib, cattle out de pasture, burnt de gin-house and cotton.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Our houses were built in long rows, house after house.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
It was a wooden house where their brick house now stands.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
A few of the old block-houses, or garrison houses, the "defensible houses," which were surrounded by these stockades, are still standing.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
All de slaves lived in one house built about one hundred yards from the great house, marsters house wus called the great house.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
The house at Noningsby on Christmas-day was quite full, and yet it was by no means a small house.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
He meant to be a rich man and own a fine big house like the Hancock House.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Once free of his father's presence he seized a cap and ran from the house.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
The house was a big red brick house.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
The house is a doll's house of many rooms.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster

In poetry:

He set her on his pillion soft,
Her arms about him twined;
And, noiseless as if velvet-shod,
They left the house behind.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
'Tis with a mournful pleasure now
I think on ancient days;
Then to thy house did numbers go,
And all our work was praise.
"Psalm 42 Part 1" by Isaac Watts
This-here house o' A'nty's wher'
They 'uz borned--my Ma an' her!--
An' her Ma 'uz my Ma's Ma,
An' her Pa 'uz my Ma's Pa--
"A Christmas Memory" by James Whitcomb Riley
The school house, too, which stood near by,
Has long since ceased to be;
To find its site I often try,
No trace of it I see.
"My Schoolboy Days" by David John Scott
Yet 'tis his inward thought and pride,-
My house shall ever stand
And that my name may long abide,
I'll give it to my land."
"Psalm 49 part 1" by Isaac Watts
And when at length it came, with joy
They hail'd the bridal day,
And onward to the house of God
They went their willing way.
"Donica - A Ballad" by Robert Southey

In news:

5 pm Thursday, Oct 18 Laurelwood Southeast Public House, 6716 S E. Laurelwood Public House & Brewery is proud to announce the grand opening of its fifth pub location, this one in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood.
House Speaker John A Boehner (R-Ohio) said he opposes raising tax rates during any negotiations with the White House on the budget.
Oct 10 — LD10 House, 6 pm Where: PCC District Office, Community Board Room (C-105), 4905 E Broadway House candidates: Todd Clodfelter (R), Stefanie Mach (D), Ted Vogt (R) and Bruce Wheeler (D).
City officials proposed Tuesday to increase the housing occupancy license fee as a means to hire a second part-time housing inspector to keep up with the department's workload.
Departing House Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Espich (ES'-pik) tells The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne that splitting its taxing and budgeting duties into separate House committees might work.
House of house Rushing To Paradise (DJ Harvey Streets Remix) Rushing To Paradise.
In the daily White House briefing Wednesday, press secretary Jay Carney said House Republicans' repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act demonstrate everything that people " loathe about politics in Washington.".
The Honorable Barney Frank United States House of Representatives 2252 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515.
Meeting House Square plans met with a less than enthusiastic response from the standing-room crowd at Hill House last Tuesday during the first public meeting to vet the proposal.
Meeting House Square plans met with a less than enthusiastic response from the standing-room crowd at Hill House last Tuesday during the first public meeting to vet the proposal.
Russian Piroshki & Tea House 1758 University Ave St. Russian Piroshki & Tea House.
The House of Representatives early today passed a resolution approved Thursday by the Senate that gave the White House some measure of support for the American military mission in Haiti.
Garrell Associates' Georgia House Plans brings you the very best in residential home design and house floor plans right here, on your computer.
Moya tops House Cowboys moya , cowboys, sophomore, blocks, wide, chris, receiver, wooldridge, running, house.
Half of the blue Victorian-style Capitol Hill house that houses Bischofberger Violins is given over to a repair workshop.

In science:

The results at the two houses are correlated, but nothing travels between them to insure the proper results.
Physics with exotic probability theory
Von Baeyer, H. C., Maxwel l’s Demon: Why Warmth Disperses and Time Passes, Random House, 1998.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
The LED was fixed to a housing which could move smoothly over the tested fibres.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
Since the LED housing prohibited the covering of the first 5 cm of fibre, the fits to the data points have been constrained by IS = R IL , where R is the ratio of light intensities at d ≃ 5 cm as given by the first set of measurements.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
Zharkov, V. N., and Trubitsyn, V. P., Editor Hubbard, W. B., Physics of Planetary Interiors, (Pachart Publishing House, Tuscon, Arizona 1978).
The physics of rotational flattening and the point core model