Hypertext Webster Gateway: "house"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

Till their sojourn in Egypt the Hebrews dwelt in tents. They
then for the first time inhabited cities (Gen. 47:3; Ex. 12:7;
Heb. 11:9). From the earliest times the Assyrians and the
Canaanites were builders of cities. The Hebrews after the
Conquest took possession of the captured cities, and seem to
have followed the methods of building that had been pursued by
the Canaanites. Reference is made to the stone (1 Kings 7:9;
Isa. 9:10) and marble (1 Chr. 29:2) used in building, and to the
internal wood-work of the houses (1 Kings 6:15; 7:2; 10:11, 12;
2 Chr. 3:5; Jer. 22:14). "Ceiled houses" were such as had beams
inlaid in the walls to which wainscotting was fastened (Ezra
6:4; Jer. 22:14; Hag. 1:4). "Ivory houses" had the upper parts
of the walls adorned with figures in stucco with gold and ivory
(1 Kings 22:39; 2 Chr. 3:6; Ps. 45:8).

The roofs of the dwelling-houses were flat, and are often
alluded to in Scripture (2 Sam. 11:2; Isa. 22:1; Matt. 24:17).
Sometimes tents or booths were erected on them (2 Sam. 16:22).
They were protected by parapets or low walls (Deut. 22:8). On
the house-tops grass sometimes grew (Prov. 19:13; 27:15; Ps.
129:6, 7). They were used, not only as places of recreation in
the evening, but also sometimes as sleeping-places at night (1
Sam. 9:25, 26; 2 Sam. 11:2; 16:22; Dan. 4:29; Job 27:18; Prov.
21:9), and as places of devotion (Jer. 32:29; 19:13).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

House \House\, n.; pl. {Houses}. [OE. hous, hus, AS. h?s; akin
to OS. & OFries. h?s, D. huis, OHG. h?s, G. haus, Icel. h?s,
Sw. hus, Dan. huus, Goth. gudh?s, house of God, temple; and
prob. to E. hide to conceal. See {Hide}, and cf. {Hoard},
{Husband}, {Hussy}, {Husting}.]
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

Houses are built to live in; not to look on.

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. (Com.) A firm, or commercial establishment.

7. A public house; an inn; a hotel.

8. (Astrol.) 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 C[ae]sar what he
can. --Shak.


Usage: [With an adj., as narrow, dark, etc.] The grave. ``The
narrow house.'' --Bryant.

Note: 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} (Zo["o]l.), a very small, yellowish brown ant
({Myrmica molesta}), which often infests houses, and
sometimes becomes a great pest.

{House of bishops} (Prot. Epis. Ch.), one of the two bodies
composing a general convertion, the other being House of
Clerical and Lay Deputies.

{House boat}, a covered boat used as a dwelling.

{House of call}, a place, usually a public house, where
journeymen connected with a particular trade assemble when
out of work, ready for the call of employers. [Eng.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

House \House\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Housed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Housing}.] [AS. h?sian.]
1. 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.

At length have housed me in a humble shed. --Young.

House your choicest carnations, or rather set them
under a penthouse. --Evelyn.

2. To drive to a shelter. --Shak.

3. To admit to residence; to harbor.

Palladius wished him to house all the Helots. --Sir
P. Sidney.

4. To deposit and cover, as in the grave. --Sandys.

5. (Naut.) To stow in a safe place; to take down and make
safe; as, to house the upper spars.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

House \House\, v. i.
1. To take shelter or lodging; to abide to dwell; to lodge.

You shall not house with me. --Shak.

2. (Astrol.) To have a position in one of the houses. See
{House}, n., 8. ``Where Saturn houses.'' --Dryden.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more
families; "he has a house on Cape Cod"; "she felt she
had to get out of the house"
2: an official assembly having legislative powers; "the
legislature has two houses"
3: a building in which something is sheltered or located; "they
had a large carriage house"
4: a social unit living together; "he moved his family to
Virginia"; "It was a good Christian household"; "I waited
until the whole house was asleep"; "the teacher asked how
many people made up his home" [syn: {family}, {household},
{home}, {menage}]
5: a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture
shows can be presented; "the house was full" [syn: {theater},
6: members of a business organization; "he worked for a
brokerage house" [syn: {firm}, {business firm}]
7: aristocratic family line; "the House of York"
8: the members of a religious community living together
9: the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema; "the
house applauded"; "he counted the house"
10: play in which children take the roles of father or mother or
children and pretend to interact like adults; "the
children were playing house"
11: one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided [syn:
{sign of the zodiac}, {sign}, {mansion}, {planetary
12: the management of a gambling house or casino; "the house
gets a percentage of every bet"
v 1: contain or cover; "This box houses the gears"
2: provide housing for [syn: {put up}]

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