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n. pl. hous·es (hou′zĭz, -sĭz)
a. A structure serving as a dwelling for one or more persons, especially for a family.
b. A household or family.
2. Something, such as a burrow or shell, that serves as a shelter or habitation for a wild animal.
3. A dwelling for a group of people, such as students or members of a religious community, who live together as a unit: a sorority house.
a. A building that functions as the primary shelter or location of something: a carriage house; the lion house at the zoo.
b. A building devoted to a particular activity: a customs house; a house of worship.
a. A facility, such as a theater or restaurant, that provides entertainment or food for the public: a movie house; the specialty of the house.
b. The seating area in such an establishment: dimmed the lights in the house to signal the start of the show.
c. The audience or patrons of such an establishment: a full house.
a. A commercial firm: a brokerage house.
b. A publishing company: a house that specializes in cookbooks.
c. A gambling casino.
d. Slang A house of prostitution.
7. A residential college within a university.
a. often House A legislative or deliberative assembly.
b. The hall or chamber in which such an assembly meets.
c. A quorum of such an assembly.
9. often House A family line including ancestors and descendants, especially a royal or noble family: the House of Orange.
a. One of the 12 parts into which the heavens are divided in astrology.
b. The sign of the zodiac indicating the seat or station of a planet in the heavens. Also called mansion.
11. House music.
v. (houz) housed, hous·ing, hous·es
1. To provide living quarters for; lodge: The cottage housed ten students.
2. To shelter, keep, or store in a house or other structure: a library housing rare books.
3. To fit (something) into a socket or mortise.
4. Nautical To secure or stow safely.
1. To reside; dwell.
2. To take shelter.
like a house on fire (or afire) Informal
In an extremely speedy manner: ran away like a house on fire; tickets that sold like a house afire.
on the house
At the expense of the establishment; free: food and drinks on the house.
put (or set) (one's) house in order
To organize one's affairs in a sensible, logical way.
[Middle English hous, from Old English hūs.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- ginnel - A long narrow passage between houses.
- row house - Part of an unbroken line or series of houses.
- domal - Means of or pertaining to a house or houses.
- vicinal, vicinity - Vicinal, from Latin vicus, "group of houses," means "of or pertaining to a neighborhood"—hence, vicinity.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
the abnormal fear of being in a house.
1. an abnormal fear of home surround-ings.
2. an aversion to home life.
2. an aversion to home life.
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
- [A modern building] all glossy undulations and shining declivities, like a razor haircut in concrete and glass —Jonathan Valin
- (The place was) as conspicuously unadorned as a Presbyterian church —Jonathan Valin
- (Tenement house with mean little) balconies pulled out one by one like drawers —Vladimir Nabokov
- Bricks [in path to front door of house] laid close as your hairs —Sharon Olds
- A building long and low like a loaf of bread —Marge Piercy
- Buildings as badly painted as old whores —Larry McMurtry
- Buildings, lined up like ships —Helen Hudson
- Buying a new home is like raising children; there’s always room for improvement —Arlene Zalesky, Newsday/Viewpoints. September 27, 1986
- The church has a steeple like the hat of a witch —William H. Gass
- (Church) cold, damp and smelly as a tomb —Sean O’Faolain
- Cottages looking like something the three little pigs might have built —Sue Grafton
- Darkened houses loomed like medieval battlements —J. W. Rider
- Decrepit houses lay scattered around the landscape like abandoned machines on a battlefield —Peter Meinke
- Door … shut like an angry face —John Updike
- A duplex co-op that made Lenny’s [Leonard Bernstein] look like a fourth-floor walkup —Tom Wolfe
- An estate without a forest is like a house without a chimney —Sholom Aleichem
- A first home, like the person who aroused our initial awakening to sex, holds forever strong sway over our emotions —Dorothea Straus
- Frame houses collapsing at their centers like underdone cakes —Jean Thompson
- A glass-and-concrete air-conditioned block of a building cantilevered from the hillside like a Swiss sanitorium —Walker Percy
- The great glass doors … swished together behind him like an indrawn breath —A. Alvarez
- Her house is like her chiffon cakes, all soft surfaces and pleasant colors —Bobbie Ann Mason
- A home is like a reservoir equipped with a check valve: the valve permits influx but prevents outflow —E. B. White
- A house like this is like some kinds of women, too expensive even —James Hilton
- House narrow as a coffin —Angela Carter
- Apartments … looking like giant bricks stabbed into the ground —W. P. Kinsella
- Houses, like people, have personalities, and like the personalities of people they are partly molded by all that has happened to them —Louis Bromfield
- Houses that aged nicely, like a handsome woman —James Crumley
- Houses, their doors and windows open, drawing in freshness, were like old drunkards or consumptives taking a cure —Saul Bellow
- The house stood like a huge shell, empty and desolate —H. E. Bates
- House … trim and fresh as a birdcake and almost as small —William Faulkner
- It [house] sat among ten acres of blackberry brambles, like an abandoned radio —Tom Robbins
- [A ranch-style house] just too cute for words … it looked as if it had been delivered, already equipped, from a store —Christopher Isherwood
- Kept it [an old historic house] up like a museum —Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
See Also: ORDER/DISORDER
- Long rows of apartment houses stood bald and desolate, like sad old prostitutes —Erich Maria Remarque
- It [a big building
looked as bleak as a barracks —Robert Silverberg
- Looked as homey and inviting as the House of Usher —Sarah Bird
- Houses (seen from belfry) looked like small caskets and boxes jumbled together —Boris Pasternak
- A modern building made of … big cubes of concrete like something built by a child —Edna O’Brien
- Modern buildings tend to look like call girls who came out of it intact except that their faces are a touch blank and the expression in their eyes is as lively as the tip of a filter cigarette —Norman Mailer
- Paint peeled from it [an apartment house] in layers, like a bad sunburn —Paige Mitchell
- A peculiar, suggestive heaviness, trapping the swooning buildings in a sweet, solid calm, as if preserving them in honey —Angela Carter
- The pink stucco apartment house looked like a cake that was inhabited by hookers about to jump out of it any second —Robert Campbell
- A pretty country retreat is like a pretty wife: one is always throwing away money decorating it —Washington Irving
- Residences … of brick, whitewashed and looking faintly flushed, like a pretty girl, with the pink of the brick glowing through where the whitewash had worn off —Harvey Swados
- Slate roofs … like the backs of pigeons —Don Robertson
- Tents sprang up like strange plants. Camp fires, like red, peculiar blossoms, dotted the night —Stephen Crane
- Victorian house … shaped like a wedding cake —Laurie Colwin
- We require from buildings, as from men, two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical day well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it —John Ruskin
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