any shelter, lodging, or dwelling place.
the act of one who houses or puts under shelter.
the providing of houses for a group or community: the housing of an influx of laborers.
anything that covers or protects.
Machinery. a fully enclosed case and support for a mechanism.
Carpentry. the space made in one piece of wood, or the like, for the insertion of another.
a niche for a statue.
Other definitions for housing (2 of 2)
a covering of cloth for the back and flanks of a horse or other animal, for protection or ornament.
housings, the trappings on a horse.
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How to use housing in a sentence
The Housings and Equipage of the latter are of the same Pattern, and extremely rich.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I | Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
As the man was sometimes defended entirely by garments of quilted fabrics, so the horse also wore pourpointed housings.Armour & Weapons | Charles John Ffoulkes
His coat-of-arms, that of the house of Friedwald, was richly emblazoned upon the housings of his courser.Under the Rose | Frederic Stewart Isham
The golden standards with the white pennons, the purple horse-housings and the silver staff fell to the brave Sviatoslavitch.The Rise of the Russian Empire | Hector H. Munro
After them came a Turkish lady, a relation of the grand seignior, in a litter borne by two camels with rich housings.Early Travels in Palestine | Arculf et al.
British Dictionary definitions for housing (1 of 2)
houses or dwellings collectively
(as modifier): a housing problem
the act of providing with accommodation
a hole, recess, groove, or slot made in one wooden member to receive another
a part designed to shelter, cover, contain, or support a component, such as a bearing, or a mechanism, such as a pump or wheel: a bearing housing; a motor housing; a wheel housing
another word for houseline
British Dictionary definitions for housing (2 of 2)
(often plural) archaic another word for trappings (def. 2)
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