(noun.) play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults; 'the children were playing house'.
(noun.) 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'.
(noun.) a building in which something is sheltered or located; 'they had a large carriage house'.
(noun.) aristocratic family line; 'the House of York'.
(noun.) an official assembly having legislative powers; 'a bicameral legislature has two houses'.
(noun.) the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema; 'the house applauded'; 'he counted the house'.
(noun.) the members of a religious community living together.
(noun.) the management of a gambling house or casino; 'the house gets a percentage of every bet'.
(verb.) provide housing for; 'The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town'.
(verb.) contain or cover; 'This box houses the gears'.
Editor: Sidney--From WordNet
(n.) 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.
(n.) Household affairs; domestic concerns; particularly in the phrase to keep house. See below.
(n.) Those who dwell in the same house; a household.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) A firm, or commercial establishment.
(n.) A public house; an inn; a hotel.
(n.) 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.
(n.) A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a piece.
(n.) An audience; an assembly of hearers, as at a lecture, a theater, etc.; as, a thin or a full house.
(n.) The body, as the habitation of the soul.
(n.) The grave.
(v. t.) 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.
(v. t.) To drive to a shelter.
(v. t.) To admit to residence; to harbor.
(v. t.) To deposit and cover, as in the grave.
(v. t.) To stow in a safe place; to take down and make safe; as, to house the upper spars.
(v. i.) To take shelter or lodging; to abide to dwell; to lodge.
(v. i.) To have a position in one of the houses. See House, n., 8.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
n. . Habitation, abode, dwelling, mansion, residence, domicile, dwelling-place.. Building, edifice.. Family, household.. Lineage, race, kindred, tribe.. Legislative body.. Firm, partnership, company, concern, commercial establishment.. Hotel, inn, tavern, place of entertainment, public house.
v. a. Shelter, protect, put under cover (of a roof).
v. n. Abide, dwell, reside, lodge.
n. 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): (coll.) the workhouse:—pl. Houses (howz′ez).—v.t. House (howz) to protect by covering: to shelter: to store: to provide houses for.—v.i. to take shelter: to reside.—ns. House′-ā′gent one who has the letting of houses; House′-boat a barge with a deck-cabin that may serve as a dwelling-place; House′-bote wood that a tenant may take to repair his house or for fuel; House′-break′er one who breaks open and enters a house by day for the purpose of stealing; House′-break′ing; House′-carl a member of a king or noble's bodyguard in Danish and early English history; House′-dū′ty -tax a tax laid on inhabited houses; House′-fac′tor (Scot.) a house-agent; House′-fa′ther the male head of a household or community; House′-flag the distinguishing flag of a shipowner or company of such; House′-fly the common fly universally distributed; House′hold those who are held together in the same house and compose a family.—adj. pertaining to the house and family.—ns. House′holder the holder or tenant of a house; House′keeper a female servant who keeps or has the chief care of the house: one who stays much at home; House′keeping the keeping or management of a house or of domestic affairs: hospitality.—adj. domestic.—n. House′-leek a plant with red star-like flowers and succulent leaves that grows on the roofs of houses.—adj. House′less without a house or home: having no shelter.—ns. House′-line (naut.) a small line of three strands for seizings &c.; House′maid a maid employed to keep a house clean &c.; House′-mate one sharing a house with another; House′-moth′er the mother of a family the female head of a family; House′-room room or place in a house; House′-stew′ard a steward who manages the household affairs of a great family; House′-sur′geon the surgeon or medical officer in a hospital who resides in the house—so also House′-physi′cian; House′-warm′ing an entertainment given when a family enters a new house as if to warm it; Housewife (hows′wīf huz′wif or huz′if) the mistress of a house: a female domestic manager: a small case for articles of female work.—adj. House′wifely.—n. House′wifery—(Scot.) House′wifeskep.—House of call a house where the journeymen of a particular trade call when out of work; House of correction a jail; House of God prayer or worship a place of worship; House of ill fame a bawdy-house.—A household word a familiar saying; Bring down the house to evoke very loud applause in a place of entertainment; Cry from the house-top to announce in the most public manner possible; Household gods one's favourite domestic things—a playful use of the Roman penates (q.v.); Household suffrage or franchise the right of householders to vote for members of parliament; Household troops six regiments whose peculiar duty is to attend the sovereign and defend the metropolis; Housemaid's knee an inflammation of the sac between the knee-pan and the skin to which housemaids are specially liable through kneeling on damp floors.—Inner House the higher branch of the Scotch Court of Session its jurisdiction chiefly appellate; Outer House the lower branch of the Court of Session.—Keep a good house to keep up a plentifully supplied table; Keep house to maintain or manage an establishment; Keep open house to give entertainments to all comers; Keep the house to be confined to the house; Like a house afire with astonishing rapidity; The Household the royal domestic establishment.
Unserious Contents or Definition
To dream of a boarding house, foretells that you will suffer entanglement and disorder in your enterprises, and you are likely to change your residence.
To see a glass house, foretells you are likely to be injured by listening to flattery. For a young woman to dream that she is living in a glass house, her coming trouble and threatened loss of reputation is emphasized.
To dream of building a house, you will make wise changes in your present affairs. To dream that you own an elegant house, denotes that you will soon leave your home for a better, and fortune will be kind to you. Old and dilapidated houses, denote failure in business or any effort, and declining health. See Building.
To see a poor-house in your dream, denotes you have unfaithful friends, who will care for you only as they can use your money and belongings.
Unserious Contents or Definition
n. A hollow edifice erected for the habitation of man rat mouse beetle cockroach fly mosquito flea bacillus and microbe. House of Correction a place of reward for political and personal service and for the detention of offenders and appropriations. House of God a building with a steeple and a mortgage on it. House-dog a pestilent beast kept on domestic premises to insult persons passing by and appal the hardy visitor. House-maid a youngerly person of the opposing sex employed to be variously disagreeable and ingeniously unclean in the station in which it has pleased God to place her.
- When to-morrow comes, and he knows that I am in the house, do you think---- She stopped again, and looked at me very earnestly. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- I never had the feeling in the house before,' said Mrs Boffin; 'and I have been about it alone at all hours of the night. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Bleak House; true. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- The girl had a little parlour to sit in, away from the noise of the taproom, and a clean bedchamber at the top of the house. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- It ended in my moving into the house next Lady-day, and starting in practice on very much the same conditions as he had suggested. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- It was over Sir Pitt Crawley's house; but it did not indicate the worthy baronet's demise. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- They were admitted by a confederate inside the house. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- The day was cold and dark and wintry and the stone of the houses looked cold. Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- The streets are wisely made narrow and the houses heavy and thick and stony, in order that the people may be cool in this roasting climate. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- A short walk brought us to a secluded road fringed with pleasant houses, each standing in its own grounds. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- By degrees the anarchy finds a way into private houses, and ends by getting among the animals and infecting them. Plato. The Republic.
- We have opened all the public-houses in the place, and left our adversary nothing but the beer-shops--masterly stroke of policy that, my dear Sir, eh? Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- We have an acre of hot-houses, and pines as common as pays in the sayson. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- The preservation of food is also dependent on ammonia, which produces the refrigerating effect in the numerous cold storage houses and artificial ice plants in this country. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- Private enterprise, therefore, so far from bothering about the public need of housing, did nothing but corner and speculate in rents and sub-letting. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- So even if the Commission had drawn splendid plans for housing, work conditions, education, and play it would have done only part of the task of statesmanship. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- Men would refuse to work except for food, clothing, housing, and payment in kind. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- In the housing of the people the telephone is a pioneering agent for better conditions. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- Where are the detailed proposals by specialists, for decent housing and working conditions, for educational reform, for play facilities? Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- They wanted little clothing or housing. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- You read glowing articles in magazines about preachers who devote their time to housing reforms, milk supplies, the purging of the civil service. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- And when they are housed, they will work, in summer, commonly, stripped and barefoot, but in winter substantially clothed and shod. Plato. The Republic.
- Six engines of a combination gas-steam type, housed in this building, develop 36,000 combined horse-power. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- There was housed in his memory a vivid picture of the face of a little boy as he entered the hovel where Clym's mother lay. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- But so much the better for all who are warmly housed at home. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- A glimpse of the river through a dull gateway, where some waggons were housed for the night, seemed to arrest my feet. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- Men were put to work getting out timber to build huts, and in a very short time all were comfortably housed--privates as well as officers. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- Oh, I hope I should be able to get the people well housed in Lowick! George Eliot. Middlemarch.
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