noun, plural hous·es [hou-ziz] /ˈhaʊ zɪz/.
verb (used with object), housed [houzd] /haʊzd/, hous·ing [hou-zing] /ˈhaʊ zɪŋ/.
- to stow securely.
- to lower (an upper mast) and make secure, as alongside the lower mast.
- to heave (an anchor) home.
- to fit the end or edge of (a board or the like) into a notch, hole, or groove.
- to form (a joint) between two pieces of wood by fitting the end or edge of one into a dado of the other.
verb (used without object), housed [houzd] /haʊzd/, hous·ing [hou-zing] /ˈhaʊ zɪŋ/.
- to fill a theater with many people admitted on free passes; paper the house.
- to arrange or space the seating of patrons in such a way as to make an audience appear larger or a theater or nightclub more crowded than it actually is.
- to settle one's affairs.
- to improve one's behavior or correct one's faults: It is easy to criticize others, but it would be better to put one's own house in order first.
Origin of house
SYNONYMS FOR house
Related formssub·house, nounwell-housed, adjective
Can be confusedhome house (see synonym study at the current entry)
Definition for house (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for house
This Congress will welcome more women than ever before at 19 percent of the House and 20 percent of the Senate.
Even internally in the House, women are not getting their fair shake.
While 19 percent of the House is female, just one woman will get to chair one of its 20 committees.
Luckily enough I have this dedicated flat that is just along from my house that I go to every day.
House rules require an absolute majority of members voting to choose a speaker.
Dorinda warned me not to go far from the house because supper would be ready in a few minutes.The Rise of Roscoe Paine|Joseph C. Lincoln
The only redeeming feature was a better garden than most London houses have, a strip as wide as the house, and thirty yards long.The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)|Charles Darwin
They flow wideningly around the hard turnings of the house with the grace of a rivulet.The Amateur Garden|George W. Cable
Was there a third accomplice—for she thought she could see two spots of deeper blackness by the door—hidden in the house?The Green Satin Gown|Laura E. Richards
While looking out of that top-floor window one day I noticed a cat on a window-ledge of the house across the street.Outwitting the Hun|Pat O'Brien
British Dictionary definitions for house (1 of 2)
noun (haʊs) plural houses (ˈhaʊzɪz)
- a building used as a home; dwelling
- (as modifier)house dog
- a building used for some specific purpose
- (in combination)a schoolhouse
- a commercial company; firma publishing house
- (as modifier)house style; a house journal
- any of several divisions, esp residential, of a large school
- (as modifier)house spirit
- a hotel, restaurant, bar, inn, club, etc, or the management of such an establishment
- (as modifier)house rules
- (in combination)steakhouse
- to secure or stow
- to secure (a topmast)
- to secure and stow (an anchor)
Derived Formshouseless, adjective
Word Origin for house
British Dictionary definitions for house (2 of 2)
noun the House
Idioms and Phrases with house
In addition to the idiom beginning with house
- house of cards
- boardinghouse reach
- bring down the house
- clean house
- eat someone out of house and home
- get on (like a house afire)
- keep house
- on the house
- open house
- people who live in glass houses
- put one's house in order
- safe as houses