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 (ro͞om, ro͝om)
1. A space that is or may be occupied: That easy chair takes up too much room.
a. An area separated by walls or partitions from other similar parts of the structure or building in which it is located: the first room on the left; an unpainted room.
b. The people present in such an area: The whole room laughed.
3. rooms Living quarters; lodgings.
4. Suitable opportunity or scope: room for doubt.
intr.v. roomed, room·ing, rooms
To occupy a room; lodge.

[Middle English roum, from Old English rūm; see reuə- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: room, elbowroom, latitude, leeway, margin, scope
These nouns denote adequate allowance or opportunity for freedom of action: room for improvement; needed elbowroom to negotiate effectively; no latitude allowed in conduct; allowed the chef leeway in choosing the menu; no margin for error; permitting their talents free scope.
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  • pied-a-terre - A small town house or rooms used for short residences (1829), from French "foot on the ground."
  • party wall - A wall common to two adjoining buildings or rooms.
  • lobby - One of its early meanings was "monastic cloister," from Latin lobia, "covered way," before it came to mean the passage or waiting area between rooms in a building.
  • enfilade - A suite of rooms with doorways in line with each other—or a vista between rows of trees.
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  1. [An office] almost as severe as the cell of some medieval monk —J. D. McClatchy
  2. Bathroom, mirrored like a discotheque —Diane Ackerman
  3. Bedroom … large as a football field and as cold —John Le Carre
  4. Black bedroom with mirrors … looks like a wet dream from Walt Disney —Richard North Patterson
  5. The blue and white room was … cold and hollow as an October mist —M. J. Farrell
  6. The cramped space of the vestibule felt like the inside of a hooded cage —Kenzaburo Oë
  7. [Small room] done up in moist red velvet, like the interior of a womb —Angela Carter
  8. Dusty [a windowsill] as a literal Sahara —Tom Robbins
  9. Entry hall … as impersonal as a hotel lounge —John Braine
  10. Everything in the room was yellow … it was a bit like having swallowed by a butterfly —Pat M. Esslinger-Carr
  11. [Wooden] floors as blonde as a movie star’s hair —William Hamilton, National Public Radio, “Morning Edition,” April 15, 1987
  12. The floor [of room set aside for dancing] gleamed like egg yolk —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  13. A hall that was cool and vaulted like a cloister —Ross Macdonald
  14. (The little den was now) hideous as a torture-chamber —Stephen Crane
  15. It [a room] is like a monastic cell —V. S. Pritchett
  16. The living room was spacious and divided like Gaul into three parts —John Cheever
  17. Oak floors shone like brown glass —Rebecca West
  18. On the ceiling the reflection of the waves of the bay outside flickered on and on like conversation —Kate Grenville
  19. The paint [on ceiling of room] peeling like the surface of the moon —Jilly Cooper
  20. (In my gray) room, bare as a barn —Randall Jarrell
  21. Room [small and narrow] … friendly as Death Row —Gavin Lyall
  22. The room glows like a field of forget-me-nots in the high country —Patricia Henley
  23. A room is like a cast-off shoe, which holds the shape of its owner’s unique foot —Paul Theroux
  24. Room … like a cell, except that there were no bars over the one small window —Dashiell Hammett
  25. Room like a cupboard —Katherine Mansfield
  26. The room [at a Howard Johnson’s motel] … sat like a young bride … wanting only to please you —Max Apple
  27. The room was as hot as the inside of a pig’s stomach —Madison Smartt Bell

    See Also: HEAT

  28. The room was as quiet and empty as a chapel —Wallace Stegner

    See Also: SILENCE

  29. The room was filled like a pool with darkness —Josephine Jacobson
  30. The [empty] room was like a fowl plucked clean —Jean Stafford
  31. Room … with nothing actually matching anything else but everything living happily together, like the random sowing of flowers —Rosamund Pilcher
  32. Study … like the returned-letter department of a post office, with stacks of paper everywhere, bills paid and unpaid, letters answered and unanswered, tax returns, pamphlets, leaflets. If by mistake we left the door open on a windy day, we came back to find papers flapping through the air like frightened birds —Mary Lavin
  33. Twilight came drifting into the room like a shimmering cloud of powdered glass —Natascha Wodin
  34. Walls white like a physician’s consultation room —W. D. Snodgrass
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rooms - apartment consisting of a series of connected rooms used as a living unit (as in a hotel)rooms - apartment consisting of a series of connected rooms used as a living unit (as in a hotel)
apartment, flat - a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
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(ruːm (in compounds rum) , ((American) ru:m)) noun
1. one part of a house or building, usually used for a particular purpose. This house has six rooms; a bedroom; a dining-room.
2. the space or area in which a person, thing etc is or could be put etc. The bed takes up a lot of room; There's no room for you in our car; We'll move the bookcase to make room for the television.
3. a need or possibility (for something). There is room for improvement in his work.
a four-roomed house.
ˈroomful noun
He didn't feel like facing a roomful of people.
rooms noun plural
a set of rented rooms for living in.
ˈroomy adjective
having plenty of room. roomy cupboards.
ˈroom-mate noun
a person who shares a room with another person eg in a hostel for students etc.
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Therefore, as you must remain in the Palace for several days, I will have you shown to rooms where you may rest in comfort after your journey."
Inside, as a matter of necessity, the rooms were almost rebuilt--so far at least as the size and the arrangement of them were concerned.
As is invariably the case, after they had been asked at what price they wanted rooms, it appeared that there was not one decent room for them; one decent room had been taken by the inspector of railroads, another by a lawyer from Moscow, a third by Princess Astafieva from the country.
In the big, cold, outside world people did not invite shaggy men to their homes, and this shaggy man of ours had slept more in hay-lofts and stables than in comfortable rooms. When the others left the great hall he eyed the splendidly dressed servants of the Princess Ozma as if he expected to be ordered out; but one of them bowed before him as respectfully as if he had been a prince, and said:
I never saw him, but I could see the curtains between the rooms quivering where he had just passed through; I could hear the chairs creaking as the bamboos sprung under a weight that had just quitted them; and I could feel when I went to get a book from the dining-room that somebody was waiting in the shadows of the front veranda till I should have gone away.
Them stage people has names they change as often as their rooms. They comes and they goes.
On either side of the passage, on the lower floor, were two rooms. At the right-hand side, on entering by the front-door, there was a kitchen, with its outhouses attached.
(I say, if, because at this moment, apart from the presence of the ladder and his vacant room, there are no evidences which permit me even to suspect him)--if he is there, he has been obliged to pass by the ladder, and the rooms which lie behind his, in his new lodging, are occupied by the family of the steward and by the cook, and by the kitchens, which bar the way by the vestibule to the interior of the chateau.
She ascertained from old Mazey that it was his master's custom, during the winter and spring months, to occupy the rooms in the north wing; and during the summer and autumn to cross the Arctic passage of "Freeze-your-Bones," and live in the eastward apartments which looked out on the garden.
That is the kind of thing young Enoch Robinson trembled to say to the guests who came into his room when he was a young fellow in New York City, but he always ended by saying nothing.
Then the door of the room above was shut, and Mrs Brooks knew that Tess had re-entered her apartment.
Miss Tilney, understanding in part her friend's curiosity to see the house, soon revived the subject; and her father being, contrary to Catherine's expectations, unprovided with any pretence for further delay, beyond that of stopping five minutes to order refreshments to be in the room by their return, was at last ready to escort them.