• WordNet 3.6
    • v room live and take one's meals at or in "she rooms in an old boarding house"
    • n room an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
    • n room the people who are present in a room "the whole room was cheering"
    • n room space for movement "room to pass","make way for","hardly enough elbow room to turn around"
    • n room opportunity for "room for improvement"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing rooms, doors, windows dome and other features Showing rooms, doors, windows dome and other features
"Here he got two big rooms." "Here he got two big rooms."
The "Elevated Den" in the Ball Room The "Elevated Den" in the Ball Room
Study for the Ceiling of a Music-Room Study for the Ceiling of a Music-Room
Dining-Room Table and Cloth Dining-Room Table and Cloth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Buckingham Palace has over six hundred rooms
    • Room A particular portion of space appropriated for occupancy; a place to sit, stand, or lie; a seat. "If he have but twelve pence in his purse, he will give it for the best room in a playhouse.""When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room ."
    • Room Especially, space in a building or ship inclosed or set apart by a partition; an apartment or chamber. "I found the prince in the next room ."
    • Room Place or position in society; office; rank; post; station; also, a place or station once belonging to, or occupied by, another, and vacated. "When he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod.""Neither that I look for a higher room in heaven.""Let Bianca take her sister's room ."
    • Room Possibility of admission; ability to admit; opportunity to act; fit occasion; as, to leave room for hope. "There was no prince in the empire who had room for such an alliance."
    • a Room Spacious; roomy. "No roomer harbour in the place."
    • v. i Room To occupy a room or rooms; to lodge; as, they arranged to room together.
    • Room Unobstructed spase; space which may be occupied by or devoted to any object; compass; extent of place, great or small; as, there is not room for a house; the table takes up too much room. "Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room .""There was no room for them in the inn."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The city of Las Vegas has the most hotel rooms in the world
    • room Wide; spacious; roomy.
    • room Far; at a distance; wide, in space or extent; in nautical use, off from the wind.
    • n room Space; compass; extent of space, great or small: as, here is room enough for an army.
    • n room Space or place unoccupied or unobstructed; place for reception of any thing or person; accommodation for entering or for moving about: as, to make room for a carriage to pass.
    • n room Fit occasion; opportunity; freedom to admit or indulge: as, in this case there is no room for doubt or for argument.
    • n room Place or station once occupied by another; stead, as in succession or substitution: as, one magistrate or king comes in the room of a former one.
    • n room Any inclosure or division separated by partitions from other parts of a house or other structure; a chamber; an apartment; a compartment; a cabin, or the like: as, a drawing-room; a bedroom; a state-room in a ship; an engine-room in a factory; a harness-room in a stable.
    • n room Particular place or station; a seat.
    • n room A box or seat in a theater.
    • n room Family; company.
    • n room Office; post; position.
    • n room A fishing-station; also, an establishment for curing fish.
    • n room A heading or working-place in a coal-mine.
    • n room The stomach: as, to fill the blubber-room (to take a hearty meal). [Whalers' slang.]
    • n room Synonyms Capacity, scope, latitude, range, sweep, swing, play.
    • room To occupy a room or rooms; lodge: as, he rooms at No. 7.
    • n room A deep-blue dye like indigo, obtained by maceration from the shrub Strobilanthes flaccidifolius (Ruellia indigotica, etc.); also, the plant itself, which is native and cultivated in India, Burma, and China.
    • n room Dandruff.
    • n room In coal-mining, a breast; a chamber.
    • n room In salt-making, one of the large stationary pans in which the brine from a salt-well is placed to allow the water to evaporate. The brine goes first to a deep-room, about 12 to 14 inches deep; from that to a lime-room, about 6 inches deep; and from that to a salt-room, about 6 inches deep, from which it is harvested. These rooms are covered over by movable covers during rainy weather. Sci. Amer. Sup., Oct. 3, 1903, p. 23198.
    • n room In wood ship-building, the empty space between two adjacent frames of a wooden ship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In America, approximately 20% of children between the ages of 2 - 7 have televisions in their rooms
    • n Room rōōm space: a chamber: extent of place: space unoccupied: freedom to act: fit occasion: place of another: stead:
    • v.i Room to occupy a room, to lodge
    • adv Room (naut.) off from the wind
    • n Room rōōm a deep-blue dye
    • Room Also Roum
    • n Room rōōm (B.) a seat: a particular place: a box in a theatre: office: the inner room of a cottage: a garret
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  • Dorothy Parker
    “All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.”
  • Antonio Porchia
    Antonio Porchia
    “In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.”


Barrack-room lawyer - (UK) A barrack-room lawyer is a person who gives opinions on things they are not qualified to speak about.
Elbow room - If you haven't got enough elbow room, you haven't got enough space.
Elephant in the room - An elephant in the room is a problem that everyone knows very well but no one talks about because it is taboo, embarrassing, etc.
Not enough room to swing a cat - If a room is very small, you can say that there isn't enough room to swing a cat in it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. roum, rum, space, AS. rūm,; akin to OS., OFries. & Icel. rūm, D. ruim, G. raum, OHG. rūm, Sw. & Dan. rum, Goth. rūms, and to AS. rūm, adj., spacious, D. ruim, Icel. rūmr, Goth. rūms,; and prob. to L. rus, country (cf. Rural), Zend ravaṅh, wide, free, open, ravan, a plain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rúm; Ger. raum, Dut. ruim.


In literature:

It was two stories high, but the rooms were low, and the roof steep and covered with tiles.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
At room 31 she was desired to wait in the reading-room.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
The familiar melodies floated plaintively through the still room.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
Mrs Stumfold's drawing-rooms were not dingy, nor were her own rooms in the Paragon.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
When she got to Burwood she shut herself into the room which was peculiarly hers, the room which had been a stable.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The accommodation consisted of two rooms, a bed-and a sitting-room, a bath-room and a tiny kitchen.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
Eleanore moved back up with her father, and Daniel took his old room next to the dining room.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The room they entered was much grander than any room they had ever seen before.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
What had brought him to that room of all rooms?
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
They left him behind them in the other room, a room where there was no evidence of Tanqueray's ever having been.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

A tiring-room where I
Death's divers garments try,
Till fit
Some fashion sit.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
In his skull
Sunlight and silence,
Like a vast room
Full of sunlight and silence.
"Ode To Walt Whitman" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Mother said that God goes sweeping,
Looking, sweeping with a broom,
All the time that we are sleeping,
For a shilling in the room:
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
"There's nae room at my head, Margret,
There's nae room at my feet,
There's nae room at my side, Margret,
My coffin is made so meet."
"Sweet William's Ghost" by Henry Morley
I--and who was I?
Saw--oh, with what unaccustomed eye!
The room was strange and everything was strange
Like a strange room entered by wild moonlight;
And yet familiar as the light swept over me
And I rose from the night.
"Waking" by John Freeman
'Tis good when the heart grows big at last,
Too big for trouble to fill—
Wi' room for the things that was only stuff
When workin' an' winnin' seemed more'n enough—
Room for the world, the world so vast,
Wi' its peoples an' all their skill.
"On The Quay" by John Joy Bell

In news:

Make Room For A Roomful Of Blues.
There's a room to change, a relaxation room, and a terrace which serves as the driver's seat.
NEWARK — The discovery of a single bedbug prompted the closure today of an exam room and a waiting room at a University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey facility in Newark.
In "The Waiting Room," a film crew documents events spanning 24 hours as patients wait to be seen in an Oakland hospital's emergency room.
A-List: Episode 8 — "New Beginnings" — On A Whim , Room to Dream & Room 22.
This month features On A Whim , Room to Dream & Room 22.
Wieland 's sleepToo™ sleep sofa addresses space constraints within the patient room by creating a "virtual family room" within a footprint of just 20 square feet.
Auralex Acoustics has expanded its free Personalized Room Analysis Form to include one specifically for large rooms.
The company recently launched its Room Analysis Plus service, which can remotely analyze a room's acoustics via the Internet.
Make Room For A Roomful Of Blues.
Customers are greeted by a warm, home sweet home atmosphere, where they can browse the many quilting supplies and gifts from room to room.
Visit Philadelphia magazine's Virtual Design Home to see the house room-by-room, anytime.
The State Fair Community College Music Arts program will present free noon time recitals Nov 14 in the Music Arts rehearsal room, Stauffacher Room 67, on the Sedalia campus.
Those wanting fancier rooms, such as suite-style single dorm rooms, might see a 5 percent increase if curators approve the recommendations .
The current cat room at Pet Refuge in Mishawaka has about 60 animals, but plans for the new facility at 4626 S Burnett Drive in South Bend would include "cat condos," or rooms where 10-12 cats can be housed in smaller and safer groupings.

In science:

At room temperatures the scattering of electrons in metals occurs mainly on phonons.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The results reported in the following sections are based on measurements done at “room” temperature of about 20oC.
Studies of Prototype CsI(Tl) Crystal Scintillators for Low-Energy Neutrino Experiments
There is room for further research in terms of both theory and applications.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
The current was measured at room temperature (23 oC).
Characterization of Prototype BTeV Silicon Pixel Sensors Before and After Irradiation
Room is lacking for a complete derivation of the EM algorithm in our case but it is not difficult to adapt, for instance, the computations of to our case.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging