from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heated greenhouse for plants that require an even, relatively warm temperature.
- n. An environment conducive to vigorous growth or development; a hotbed: "With its mix of African, Latin, European, and pan-American influences, the Caribbean is truly a musical hothouse” ( New Yorker).
- adj. Grown in a hothouse: a hothouse orchid.
- adj. Delicate and sensitive, as if from being grown in a hothouse.
- transitive v. To cultivate in a hothouse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A heated greenhouse.
- n. An environment in which growth or development is encouraged; a hotbed.
- n. A bagnio, or bathing house; a brothel.
- n. A heated room for drying greenware.
- v. To provide with an enriched environment with the aim of stimulating academic development.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A house kept warm to shelter tender plants and shrubs from the cold air; a place in which the plants of warmer climates may be reared, and fruits ripened.
- n. A bagnio, or bathing house.
- n. A brothel; a bagnio.
- n. A heated room for drying green ware.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house in which to sweat and cup the body; a bath-house.
- n. A brothel.
- n. A structure kept artificially heated for the growth of tender exotic plants, or subtropical plants, or for the production of native fruits, flowers, etc., out of season.
- n. In manufacturing, any heated chamber or building; a drying-room; specifically, the warmest drying-room in which green pottery is dried before going to the kiln.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
hot + house (Wiktionary)