Definition of House

1. Noun. A dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families. "She felt she had to get out of the house"

2. Verb. Contain or cover. "This box houses the gears"
Generic synonyms: Accommodate, Admit, Hold
Derivative terms: Housing

3. Noun. The members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments. "He worked for a brokerage house"

4. Verb. Provide housing for. "The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town"
Exact synonyms: Domiciliate, Put Up
Specialized synonyms: Rehouse, Home, Accommodate, Lodge, Chamber, Take In
Generic synonyms: Shelter
Derivative terms: Domiciliation, Housing

5. Noun. The members of a religious community living together.
Generic synonyms: Community

6. Noun. The audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema. "He counted the house"
Generic synonyms: Audience
Terms within: Claque

7. Noun. An official assembly having legislative powers. "A bicameral legislature has two houses"

8. Noun. Aristocratic family line. "The House of York"

9. 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"
Generic synonyms: Child's Play, Play

10. Noun. (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided.

11. Noun. The management of a gambling house or casino. "The house gets a percentage of every bet"
Generic synonyms: Management

12. Noun. A social unit living together. "The teacher asked how many people made up his home"

13. Noun. A building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented. "The house was full"

14. Noun. A building in which something is sheltered or located. "They had a large carriage house"

Definition of House

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. v. i. To take shelter or lodging; to abide to dwell; to lodge.

Definition of House

1. Proper noun. (US) The House of Representatives, "the House". ¹

2. Proper noun. More generally, a shortened name for any chamber of a legislature that is named "House of...", especially where the other chamber(s) are not so named (as in Australia or Canada), or where there is no other chamber (as in New Zealand). ¹

3. Proper noun. (surname topographic from=Middle English dot=) for someone residing in a house (as opposed to a hut) or in a religious house. ¹

4. Noun. (senseid en abode) A structure serving as an abode of human beings. ¹

5. Noun. The mode of living as if in a house. ¹

6. Noun. The usual place to find an object or an animal. ¹

7. Noun. A structure to protect or store something or someone. ¹

8. Noun. A protective structure on the deck of a ship. ¹

9. Noun. A theatre building, or the audience for a live theatrical or similar performance. ¹

10. Noun. (politics) A deliberative assembly forming a component of a legislature, or, more rarely, the room or building in which such an assembly normally meets. ¹

11. Noun. (senseid en establishment) An establishment, whether actual, as a pub, or virtual, as a website. ¹

12. Noun. (business) A company or organisation. ¹

13. Noun. A dynasty, a familial descendance, for example, a royal House. ¹

14. Noun. (astrology) One of the twelve divisions of an astrological chart. ¹

15. Noun. A grouping of schoolchildren for the purposes of competition in sports and other activities. ¹

16. Noun. (senseid en genre of music) House music. ¹

17. Noun. (curling) The three concentric circles where points are scored on the ice ¹

18. Noun. An early or alternative name for the game bingo. ¹

19. Noun. (British) A complete set of numbers in bingo. ¹

20. Noun. (uncountable US) An aggregate of characteristics of a house. ¹

21. Noun. (rft-sense proper noun?) A children's game in which the players pretend to be members of a household. ¹

22. Verb. (transitive) To keep within a structure or container. ¹

23. Verb. (transitive) To admit to residence; to harbor/harbour. ¹

24. Verb. (transitive astrology) To dwell within one of the twelve astrological houses. ¹

25. Verb. (transitive) To contain or cover mechanical parts. ¹

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Definition of House

1. to lodge in a house (a building in which people live) [v HOUSED, HOUSING, HOUSES]

Medical Definition of House

1. 1. 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." (Bacon) "Bees with smoke and doves with noisome stench Are from their hives and houses driven away." (Shak) 2. Household affairs; domestic concerns; particularly in the phrase to keep house. See below. 3. Those who dwell in the same house; a household. "One that feared God with all his house." (Acts x. 2) 4. 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." (Tennyson) 5. 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. 6. A firm, or commercial establishment. 7. A public house; an inn; a hotel. 8. 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. 9. A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a piece. 10. An audience; an assembly of hearers, as at a lecture, a theater, etc.; as, a thin or a full house. 11. The body, as the habitation of the soul. "This mortal house I'll ruin, Do Caesar what he can." (Shak) 12. [With an adj, as narrow, dark, etc] The grave. "The narrow house." House is much used adjectively and as the first element of compounds. The sense is usually obvious; as, house cricket, housemaid, house painter, housework. House ant, the common wren of the Eastern United States (Troglodytes aedon). It is common about houses and in gardens, and is noted for its vivacity, and loud musical notes. See Wren. Religious house, a monastery or convent. The White House, the official residence of the President of the United States; hence, colloquially, the office of President. To bring down the house. See Bring. To keep house, to maintain an independent domestic establishment. To keep open house, to entertain friends at all times. Synonym: Dwelling, residence, abode. See Tenement. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of House

hourly worker
house (current term)

Literary usage of House

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Pilgrim's Progress, from this World to that which is to Come by John Bunyan (1806)
"Tender-conscience arrives at a place inhere stand the house of Mourning, and the house of Mirth—His entertainment at the house of Mourning—He is in imminent ..."

2. The Works of Charles Sumner by Charles Sumner (1883)
"I was struck with the suggestion of the Senator from Ohio [Mr. SHERMAN], the other day, with regard to the proposition which comes from the house. ..."

3. The American Journal of Education by Henry Barnard (1857)
"In the prosecution of a plan, suggested by his missionary labors among the poor of Hamburg, of establishing a house of Rescue for destitute, vagrant, ..."

4. Iowa Journal of History by State Historical Society of Iowa (1919)
"A list of the Speakers of the house of Representatives, together with some ... HISTORICAL TRADITION OF THE SPEAKERSHIP The Speaker of the house of ..."

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