• WordNet 3.6
    • v husband use cautiously and frugally "I try to economize my spare time","conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit"
    • n husband a married man; a woman's partner in marriage
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Angelina and her husband Angelina and her husband
A spinster instructs a group of younger ladies on the unnecessary nature of husbands. The caption says, “Nonsense, my dears! Husbands are ridiculous things & are quite unnecessary!” A spinster instructs a group of younger ladies on the unnecessary nature of husbands. The caption says, “Nonsense, my...
A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He looks exasperated. The caption says: “There my child, have I not as many buttons as Lady Golderoy now?” A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each year approximately 250,000 American husbands are physically attacked and beaten by their wives.
    • Husband A cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman. "The painful husband , plowing up his ground.""He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his domestic and field accommodations."
    • Husband A married man; a man who has a wife; -- the correlative to wife. "The husband and wife are one person in law."
    • Husband One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a frugal person; an economist. "God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a good husband , to improve the short remnant left me."
    • Husband The male head of a household; one who orders the economy of a family.
    • Husband The male of a pair of animals.
    • Husband To cultivate, as land; to till. "Land so trim and rarely husbanded ."
    • Husband To direct and manage with frugality; to use or employ to good purpose and the best advantage; to spend, apply, or use, with economy. "For my means, I'll husband them so well,
      They shall go far."
    • Husband To furnish with a husband.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Vermont women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.
    • n husband The master of a house; the head of a family; a householder.
    • n husband A man joined in marriage to a woman, who bears the correlative title of wife.
    • n husband A tiller of the ground; a husbandman.
    • n husband A manager of property; one who has the care of another's belongings or interests; a steward; an economist.
    • n husband A polled tree; a pollard: so called in humorous allusion to the traditional bald head of husbands with energetic wives.
    • husband To manage or administer carefully and frugally; use to the best advantage; economize: as, to husband one's resources.
    • husband To till, as land; cultivate; farm.
    • husband To provide with a husband.
    • husband To engage or act as a husband to; figuratively, to assume the care of or responsibility for; accept as one's own.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It's against the law in Willowdale, Oregon, for a husband to curse during sex.
    • n Husband huz′band a married man: :
    • v.t Husband to supply with a husband: to manage with economy
    • n Husband huz′band (B.) a man to whom a woman is betrothed: one who manages affairs with prudence
    • n Husband huz′band (naut.) the owner of a ship who manages its concerns in person
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Art is a jealous mistress; and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.”
  • Joan Collins
    Joan Collins
    “I've never yet met a man who could look after me. I don't need a husband. What I need is a wife.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “The calmest husbands make the stormiest wives.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “If the wife sins, the husband is not innocent.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hosebonde, husbonde, a husband, the master of the house or family, AS. hsbonda, master of the house; hs, house + bunda, bonda, householder, husband; prob. fr. Icel. hsbōndi, house master, husband; hs, house + bandi, dwelling, inhabiting, p. pr. of ba, to dwell; akin to AS. ban, Goth. bauan,. See House Be, and cf. Bond a slave, Boor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. husbonde—A.S. húsbonda, Ice. húsbóndihús, a house, búandi, inhabiting, pr.p. of Ice. búa, to dwell. Cf. Ger. bauen, to till.


In literature:

Suppose she did not love her husband: Trampy, alas, unworthy though he was, remained her husband, nevertheless!
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
If you want me to stay at home, you had better find me a husband.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Susan Hornby's house was in advance of the country in which they lived, while her husband fitted the pioneer life he had chosen.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
"The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana" by Vatsyayana
I'm going to make my husband fill all my heart, and, too, I'm going to make him dependent on me.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
The young husband's name I can't remember the least.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
She loved her husband with all her heart and soul.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
My husband looked at me and then looked away again.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
She knew all about the world; she knew all about girls and their husbands.
"Amabel Channice" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick

In poetry:

May God be with your husband when his hand
Scatters the seed, and may his labour be
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum
Dost thou by faith on him rely?
On him, not on thy faith?
If faith shall with its object vie,
Thy Husband's set beneath
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Yet soon I learned to look upon
Thy husband as my brother;
And, O how bright that morning shone,
When I saw thee a mother!
"Lines on The Death of Mrs. F--- II---" by John Pierpont
Dost thou upon thy trait'rous heart
Still keep a jealous eye?
Most willing that thine inward part
Thy Husband strictly try?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
When awful rods are in his hand,
There's mercy in his mind;
When clouds upon his brow do stand,
Thy Husband's heart is kind.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
From this thy store, believing, take
Wealth to the utmost pitch:
The gold of Ophir cannot make,
Thy Husband makes thee rich.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

I was a witch, my husband was a Warlock, and my daughter was a little black cat.
A woman's husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months.
She learned of her husband's marriage in a newspaper.
"I fear that he has early onset dementia," she says of her husband.
The social network website suggested her husband's second wife as a person "you may know.".
ELDON — Recently, my husband and I were shopping at Walmart in Ottumwa.
When I returned my husband was walking from the opposite direction.
IN May 1987 Mary Obringer and her husband adopted a 5-month-old South Korean infant.
I'm in my late thirties, and my husband and I have been trying to conceive for a little over a year.
It took another hour for the kids and husband to start stirring, but from the moment they did, it was chaos.
I even found a cake that looked like a hamburger for my husband a few years back, but what happens when you have a little girl who wants a snake cake and her mother is a professional cake maker.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Lawson and husband Michael of Kevil and Audrey Collier and husband Kermit Jr of Dauphin Island, Ala.
Husband-and-wife team Bill and Lillian Buitenhuys are more than just cocktail enthusiasts — they are straight-up cocktail scientists.
' Black Widow ' Killer, 77, Charged with Poisoning New Husband.
Let me tell you a great story: A husband and wife adopt an impoverish teen who grows up to become a college football player and goes on to the NFL.

In science:

An early example of optimization problem is narrated in Virgil’s Aeneid: Dido, a Phenician princess, is obliged to flee Tyre, her hometown, after her husband is murdered by her brother, a cruel tyrant.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
Consider husband and wife who share a bank account.
Bayesian Conditioning, the Reflection Principle, and Quantum Decoherence
Denote the husband’s probabilities by Ph and the wife’s by Pw , and consider some event, E .
Bayesian Conditioning, the Reflection Principle, and Quantum Decoherence
What it says instead is that, to avoid potential catastrophic consequences for their common bank account, husband and wife must strive for coherence.
Bayesian Conditioning, the Reflection Principle, and Quantum Decoherence
The husband might give, the wife might give, or they might compromise after debating all the relevant issues.
Bayesian Conditioning, the Reflection Principle, and Quantum Decoherence