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

  • n. The beginning of construction of a dwelling.
  • n. The number of new dwellings begun nationwide during a particular period, used as an economic indicator: "Housing starts . . . are well above their recession lows” ( Paul A. Samuelson).

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

  • n. the act of starting to construct a house


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