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

  • n. The roof of a house.
  • idiom shout To make known publicly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the roof of a house

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The roof of a house, especially the flat part of a roof.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The roof or top of a house.

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

  • n. the roof of a house


house +‎ top (Wiktionary)


  • We put a divan in this arbour, which overlooked the rushing river; and that and the housetop were our favourite places to smoke on cool summer evenings.

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  • Mr. Pike paused at the for'ard end of the housetop and stood in a listening attitude.


  • But calculations of the potential energy available show that, yes, it can provide enough power, assuming we wish to the cover the state of Arizona with solar panels, along with every housetop in America.

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  • Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.

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  • The Bible says, Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.

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  • Wind driven snow spumes off the ridge of the housetop across the gray street.


  • Mount up these other stairs with no less caution (there are traps and pitfalls here, for those who are not so well escorted as ourselves) into the housetop; where the bare beams and rafters meet overhead, and calm night looks down through the crevices in the roof.

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  • Whether a prisoner could scale the walls with a cord and grapple, how he would descend upon the other side? whether he could alight on a housetop, steal down a staircase, let himself out at a door, and get lost in the crowd?

    Little Dorrit

  • ‘All well!’ said the Lieutenant, coolly looking about him on the housetop.

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  • Greek was exchanging a facetious remark with a stout gentleman in a doorway — one-half black and one-half white, as if he had been peeled up the middle — who had offered him his congratulations on this achievement, he received an orange from a housetop, full on his left ear, and was much surprised, not to say discomfited.

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