An example of housing is an apartment building.
- the act of providing shelter or lodging
- shelter or lodging; accommodation in houses, apartments, etc.: often used attributively: the housing crisis
- houses collectively
- a shelter; covering
- Carpentry a space or recess made in a piece of wood so that another piece can be inserted
- Mech. a frame, box, etc. for containing some part, mechanism, etc.
- Naut. the part of the mast below the main deck
Origin of housingMiddle English husing
- [often pl.]
- an ornamental covering draped over a horse or other animal
- a decorative saddlecloth
- [pl.] trappings; ornamentation
Origin of housingfrom Middle English house, houce, housing from Old French houce from Frankish an unverified form hulfti: for Indo-European base see holster
- a. Buildings or other shelters in which people live: a shortage of housing in the city.b. A place to live; a dwelling: She came to college early to look for housing.
- Provision of lodging or shelter: the housing of refugees; a contract that includes housing.
- Something that covers, protects, or supports, especially:a. A frame, bracket, or box for holding or protecting a mechanical part: a wheel housing.b. An enclosing frame in which a shaft revolves.
- A hole, groove, or slot in a piece of wood into which another piece is inserted.
- A niche for a statue.
- Nautical a. The part of a mast that is below deck.b. The part of a bowsprit that is inside the hull.
- An ornamental or protective covering for a saddle.
- often housings Trappings for a horse.
Origin of housingFrom Middle English house from Old French houce from Medieval Latin hucia, hulcia, hultia protective covering of Germanic origin ; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Present participle of house.
- We are housing the Wik* servers in Florida.
(countable and uncountable, plural housings)
- (uncountable) The activity of enclosing something or providing a residence for someone.
- (uncountable) Residences, collectively.
- She lives in low-income housing.
- (countable) A mechanical component's container or covering.
- The gears were grinding against their housing.
- A cover or cloth for a horse's saddle, as an ornamental or military appendage; a saddlecloth; a horse cloth; in plural, trappings.
- An appendage to the harness or collar of a harness.
- (architecture) The space taken out of one solid to admit the insertion of part of another, such as the end of one timber in the side of another.
- A niche for a statue.
- (nautical) That portion of a mast or bowsprit which is beneath the deck or within the vessel.
- (nautical) A houseline.
From Middle English housinge, howsynge, from Old English *hūsung (“housing”), from Old English hūsian (“to house, shelter; receive into one's house”), equivalent to house + -ing. Cognate with Scots housing (“housing”), Dutch huizing, behuizing (“housing”), Low German husing, hüsing (“housing”), German Behausung (“housing”).