[noun, adjective hous; verb houz] /noun, adjective haʊs; verb haʊz/
noun, plural houses
[hou-ziz] /ˈhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a building in which people live; residence for human beings.
(often initial capital letter) a family, including ancestors and descendants:
the great houses of France; the House of Hapsburg.
a building for any purpose:
a house of worship.
a theater, concert hall, or auditorium:
a vaudeville house.
the audience of a theater or the like.
a place of shelter for an animal, bird, etc.
the building in which a legislative or official deliberative body meets.
(initial capital letter) the body itself, especially of a bicameral legislature:
the House of Representatives.
a quorum of such a body.
(often initial capital letter) a commercial establishment; business firm:
the House of Rothschild; a publishing house.
a gambling casino.
the management of a commercial establishment or of a gambling casino:
rules of the house.
an advisory or deliberative group, especially in church or college affairs.
a college in an English-type university.
a residential hall in a college or school; dormitory.
the members or residents of any such residential hall.
Informal. a brothel; whorehouse.
British. a variety of lotto or bingo played with paper and pencil, especially by soldiers as a gambling game.
Also called parish. Curling. the area enclosed by a circle 12 or 14 feet (3.7 or 4.2 meters) in diameter at each end of the rink, having the tee in the center.
Nautical. any enclosed shelter above the weather deck of a vessel:
bridge house; deck house.
Astrology. one of the 12 divisions of the celestial sphere, numbered counterclockwise from the point of the eastern horizon.
verb (used with object), housed [houzd] /haʊzd/ (Show IPA), housing [hou-zing] /ˈhaʊ zɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to put or receive into a house, dwelling, or living quarters:
More than 200 students were housed in the dormitory.
to give shelter to; harbor; lodge:
to house flood victims in schools.
to provide with a place to work, study, or the like:
This building houses our executive staff.
to provide storage space for; be a receptacle for or repository of:
The library houses 600,000 books.
to remove from exposure; put in a safe place.
verb (used without object), housed [houzd] /haʊzd/ (Show IPA), housing [hou-zing] /ˈhaʊ zɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to take shelter; dwell.
of, relating to, or noting a house.
for or suitable for a house:
of or being a product made by or for a specific retailer and often sold under the store’s own label:
You’ll save money on the radio if you buy the house brand.
served by a restaurant as its customary brand:
the house wine.
bring down the house, to call forth vigorous applause from an audience; be highly successful:
The children’s performances brought down the house.
clean house. (def 47).
dress the house, Theater.
keep house, to maintain a home; manage a household.
like a house on fire / afire, very quickly; with energy or enthusiasm:
The new product took off like a house on fire.
on the house, as a gift from the management; free:
Tonight the drinks are on the house.
put / set one’s house in order,
noun (haʊs) (pl) houses (ˈhaʊzɪz)
the people present in a house, esp its usual occupants
(often capital) a family line including ancestors and relatives, esp a noble one: the House of York
an official deliberative or legislative body, such as one chamber of a bicameral legislature
a quorum in such a body (esp in the phrase make a house)
a dwelling for a religious community
(astrology) any of the 12 divisions of the zodiac See also planet (sense 3)
(modifier) (of wine) sold unnamed by a restaurant, at a lower price than wines specified on the wine list: the house red
the audience in a theatre or cinema
an informal word for brothel
a hall in which an official deliberative or legislative body meets
See full house
(curling) the 12-foot target circle around the tee
(nautical) any structure or shelter on the weather deck of a vessel
(theatre) bring the house down, to win great applause
house and home, an emphatic form of home
keep open house, to be always ready to provide hospitality
(informal) like a house on fire, very well, quickly, or intensely
on the house, (usually of drinks) paid for by the management of the hotel, bar, etc
put one’s house in order, to settle or organize one’s affairs
(Brit) safe as houses, very secure
(transitive) to provide with or serve as accommodation
to give or receive shelter or lodging
(transitive) to contain or cover, esp in order to protect
(transitive) to fit (a piece of wood) into a mortise, joint, etc
noun the House
See House of Commons
(Brit, informal) the Stock Exchange
Old English hus “dwelling, shelter, house,” from Proto-Germanic *husan (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian hus, Dutch huis, German Haus), of unknown origin, perhaps connected to the root of hide (v.) [OED]. In Gothic only in gudhus “temple,” literally “god-house;” the usual word for “house” in Gothic being razn.
Meaning “family, including ancestors and descendants, especially if noble” is from c.1000. The legislative sense (1540s) is transferred from the building in which the body meets. Meaning “audience in a theater” is from 1660s (transferred from the theater itself, cf. playhouse); as a dance club DJ music style, probably from the Warehouse, a Chicago nightclub where the style is said to have originated. Zodiac sense is first attested late 14c. To play house is from 1871; as suggestive of “have sex, shack up,” 1968. House arrest first attested 1936. On the house “free” is from 1889.
And the Prophet Isaiah the sonne of Amos came to him, and saide vnto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not liue. [2 Kings xx:1, version of 1611]
“give shelter to,” Old English husian “to take into a house” (cognate with German hausen, Dutch huizen); see house (n.). Related: Housed; housing.
barrelhouse, the big house, bring down the house, bughouse, call house, can house, cathouse, chippy house, crackhouse, doss, fleabag, flophouse, funny farm, grind-house, hash-house, juke house, notch-house, nuthouse, on the house, powerhouse, roughhouse, roundhouse, sporting house, stroke house, wheelhouse, whorehouse
[third sense fr the Warehouse, a Chicago club]
Till their sojourn in Egypt the Hebrews dwelt in tents. They then for the first time inhabited cities (Gen. 47:3; Ex. 12:7; Heb. 11:9). From the earliest times the Assyrians and the Canaanites were builders of cities. The Hebrews after the Conquest took possession of the captured cities, and seem to have followed the methods of building that had been pursued by the Canaanites. Reference is made to the stone (1 Kings 7:9; Isa. 9:10) and marble (1 Chr. 29:2) used in building, and to the internal wood-work of the houses (1 Kings 6:15; 7:2; 10:11, 12; 2 Chr. 3:5; Jer. 22:14). “Ceiled houses” were such as had beams inlaid in the walls to which wainscotting was fastened (Ezra 6:4; Jer. 22:14; Hag. 1:4). “Ivory houses” had the upper parts of the walls adorned with figures in stucco with gold and ivory (1 Kings 22:39; 2 Chr. 3:6; Ps. 45:8). The roofs of the dwelling-houses were flat, and are often alluded to in Scripture (2 Sam. 11:2; Isa. 22:1; Matt. 24:17). Sometimes tents or booths were erected on them (2 Sam. 16:22). They were protected by parapets or low walls (Deut. 22:8). On the house-tops grass sometimes grew (Prov. 19:13; 27:15; Ps. 129:6, 7). They were used, not only as places of recreation in the evening, but also sometimes as sleeping-places at night (1 Sam. 9:25, 26; 2 Sam. 11:2; 16:22; Dan. 4:29; Job 27:18; Prov. 21:9), and as places of devotion (Jer. 32:29; 19:13).
In addition to the idiom beginning with
noun 1. an employee of a department store, hotel, etc., employed to prevent thefts, violations of regulations, or other forms of misconduct on the part of patrons.
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- House divided speech
A speech made by Abraham Lincoln to the Illinois Republican convention in 1858. In the speech, Lincoln noted that conflict between North and South over slavery was intensifying. He asserted that the conflict would not stop until a crisis was reached and passed, for, in a biblical phrase Lincoln used, “A house divided against itself […]
noun 1. . noun 1. a resident physician in a hospital, hotel, or other public institution. noun 1. a house officer working in a medical as opposed to a surgical discipline Compare house surgeon 2. a physician who lives in a hospital or other institution in which he is employed Compare resident (sense 7) house […]