Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The construction of a house or its framework by a group of friends or neighbors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gathering for the construction of a house by a group of neighbors, usually in a rural community, and sometimes accomplished in a single day; similar to a barn-raising.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gathering of the inhabitants in a thinly settled district to assist a neighbor in raising the frame of his house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. construction by a group of neighbors

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Examples

  • With imagination and many hands a house-raising in Melaque, Jalisco makes bigger into better.

    With imagination and many hands a house-raising in Melaque, Jalisco makes bigger into better. © Gerry Soroka, 2009

  • “Of course,” Charlotte said, producing keys to unlock the monster SUV, which she would never have gotten down the trail had Mac Devlin not opened the way for the house-raising the previous May.

    A Taint in the Blood

  • Marshall Clemens, born August 11, 1798, was the eldest — becoming male head of the family at the age of seven, when his father was accidentally killed at a house-raising.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • "It sounds like a house-raising," said a girl from Nebraska.

    Betty Wales, Sophomore

  • No man ever grew up in the agricultural regions of the West, where a house-raising, or even a corn-husking, is matter of common interest and helpfulness, with any other feeling than that of broad-minded, generous independence.

    Hidden Treasures Or, Why Some Succeed While Others Fail

  • For instance, the first specification I would take out of the box in which it was kept, would perhaps have to do with house-raising without disturbance to the foundations, the second would prove to be an article half umbrella, half revolver, while in the third I would perhaps find an extremely quaint notion for a portable pocket corkscrew.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, May 23, 1891

  • When we got ready to put up a new building, we would have what we called a house-raising and would invite all the men in the neighborhood to come out and help us.

    Twenty-five years in the Black Belt,

  • No man ever grew up in the agricultural regions of the West, where a house-raising, or even a corn-husking is a matter of common interest and helpfulness, with any other feeling than that of broad-minded, generous independence.

    On the Death of Garfield

  • The small farmers who continued to dwell nearby included Dabney at first in their rustic social functions; but when he carried twenty of his slaves to a house-raising and kept his own hands gloved while directing their work, the beneficiary and his fellows were less grateful for the service than offended at the undemocratic manner of its rendering.

    American Negro Slavery A Survey of the Supply, Employment and Control of Negro Labor as Determined by the Plantation Regime

  • Primitive athletic games and commonplace talk, enlivened by frontier jests and stories, formed the sum of social intercourse when half a dozen or a score of settlers of various ages came together at a house-raising or corn-husking, or when mere chance brought them at the same time to the post-office or the country store.

    A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln

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