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 problem
- 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
- an ornamental covering draped over a horse or other animal
- a decorative saddlecloth
- trappings; ornamentation
Origin of housing; from 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”).
Variant of house
- a building for human beings to live in; specif.,
- the building or part of a building occupied by one family or tenant; dwelling place
- Brit. a college in a university
- an inn; tavern; hotel
- a building where a group of people live as a unit: a fraternity house
- a monastery, nunnery, or similar religious establishment
- ☆ Informal a brothel
- the people who live in a house, considered as a unit; social group; esp., a family or household
- a family as including kin, ancestors, and descendants, esp. a royal or noble family: the House of Tudor
- something regarded as a house; place that provides shelter, living space, etc.; specif.,
- the habitation of an animal, as the shell of a mollusk
- a building or shelter where animals are kept: the monkey house in a zoo
- a building where things are kept when not in use: a carriage house
- any place where something is thought of as living, resting, etc.
- a theater
- the audience in a theater
- a place of business
- a business firm; commercial establishment
- ☆ the management of a gambling establishment
- a church, temple, or synagogue: house of worship
- the building or rooms where a legislature or branch of a legislature meets
- a legislative assembly or governing body
- ☆ house music
- any of the twelve parts into which the heavens are divided by great circles through the north and south points of the horizon
- a sign of the zodiac considered as the seat of a planet's greatest influence
Origin of houseMiddle English hous ; from Old English hus, akin to German haus (OHG hūs) ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)keus- ; from base an unverified form (s)keu-, to cover, conceal from source sky
transitive verbhoused, housing
- to provide, or serve as, a house or lodgings for
- to store in a house
- to cover, harbor, or shelter by or as if by putting in a house
- Archit., Mech. to insert into a housing
- to take shelter
- to reside; live
bring down the house
- to clean and put a home in order
- ☆ to get rid of all unwanted things, undesirable conditions, etc.
like a house on fireor like a house afire
on the house☆
set one's house in orderor put one's house in order
- House of Commons
- House of Representatives