Definitions

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

  • n. Buildings or other shelters in which people live: a shortage of housing in the city.
  • n. A place to live; a dwelling: She came to college early to look for housing.
  • n. Provision of lodging or shelter: the housing of refugees; a contract that includes housing.
  • n. Something that covers, protects, or supports, especially:
  • n. A frame, bracket, or box for holding or protecting a mechanical part: a wheel housing.
  • n. An enclosing frame in which a shaft revolves.
  • n. A hole, groove, or slot in a piece of wood into which another piece is inserted.
  • n. A niche for a statue.
  • n. Nautical The part of a mast that is below deck.
  • n. Nautical The part of a bowsprit that is inside the hull.
  • n. An ornamental or protective covering for a saddle.
  • n. Trappings for a horse. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of house.
  • n. The activity of enclosing something or providing a residence for someone.
  • n. Residences, collectively.
  • n. A mechanical component's container or covering.
  • n. A cover or cloth for a horse's saddle, as an ornamental or military appendage; a saddlecloth; a horse cloth; in plural, trappings.
  • n. An appendage to the hames or collar of a harness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of putting or receiving under shelter; the state of dwelling in a habitation.
  • n. That which shelters or covers; houses, taken collectively.
  • n.
  • n. The space taken out of one solid, to admit the insertion of part of another, as the end of one timber in the side of another.
  • n. A niche for a statue.
  • n. A frame or support for holding something in place, such as a piece of machinery, journal boxes, etc.
  • n.
  • n. That portion of a mast or bowsprit which is beneath the deck or within the vessel.
  • n. A covering or protection, as an awning over the deck of a ship when laid up.
  • n. A houseline. See Houseline.
  • n. A cover or cloth for a horse's saddle, as an ornamental or military appendage; a saddlecloth; a horse cloth; in plural, trappings.
  • n. An appendage to the hames or collar of a harness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of putting in a house or under shelter.
  • n. The building of houses.
  • n. A collection or range of houses.
  • n. Provision of house or shelter; the act of providing with houses: as, the housing of the poor.
  • n. Any covering or shelter, as a protection for a vessel laid up in a dock.
  • n. In carpentry, the space taken out of one piece to admit of the insertion of the extremity of another, for the purpose of connecting them.
  • n. In architecture, a niche for a statue.
  • n. Nautical, same as house-line.
  • n. In machinery: The part of the framing which holds a journal-box in place: called in the United States a jaw.
  • n. The uprights supporting the cross-slide of a planer.
  • n. One of the lateral plates of the box of a car-axle; a housing-box; a journal-box.
  • n. All that appertains to the house or homestead, its outbuildings, etc.
  • n. A covering; specifically, the trappings or caparison of a horse; especially, a complete covering used for defense or to cover and conceal defensive armor, or for ceremonial purposes only: generally in the plural. Compare trapping, bard, caparison.
  • n. The leather fastened at a horse's collar to turn over the back when it rains.
  • n. The inboard end of the bowsprit: also, that part of a mast that is below the upper or spar-deck.

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

  • n. structures collectively in which people are housed
  • n. a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component
  • n. stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse

Etymologies

From Middle English house, from Old French houce, from Medieval Latin hucia, hulcia, hultia, protective covering, of Germanic origin; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English housinge, howsynge, from Old English *hūsung (“housing”), from Old English hūsian ("to house, shelter; receive into one's house"), equivalent to house +‎ -ing. Cognate with Scots housing ("housing"), Dutch huizing, behuizing ("housing"), Low German husing, hüsing ("housing"), German Behausung ("housing"). (Wiktionary)

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  • This would also require that special attention be paid to the housing of the rods where the latch is, and so a modular housing is not possible: holes for rods cannot be spaced two units apart, because the latch rod throws off the spacing.

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  • This is a picture from the opening sequence of The Big Bang Theory.
    Is there a name for this particular housing scheme? I keep spotting such configurations on google maps.

    November 23, 2008