from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The place in which one lives; a dwelling.
  • noun The act or a period of residing in a place.
  • noun A medical residency.
  • noun The official home or location of a corporation.
  • idiom (in residence) Committed to live and work in a specific place, often for a certain length of time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of residing or dwelling in a place permanently or for a considerable time.
  • noun A place of residing or abode; especially, the place where a person resides; a dwelling; a habitation.
  • noun That in which anything permanently rests or inheres.
  • noun A remaining; or abiding where one's duties lie, or where one's occupation is properly carried on; ecclesiastical, the presence of a bishop in his diocese, a canon in his cathedral or collegiate church, or a rector or an incumbent in his benefice: opposed to non-residence.
  • noun In law:
  • noun The place where a man's habitation is fixed without any present intention of removing it therefrom; domicile.
  • noun An established abode, fixed for a considerable time, whether with or without a present intention of ultimate removal.
  • noun The settling or settlement of liquors; the process of clearing, as by the settling of sediment.
  • noun That which settles or is deposited, as the thick part of wine that has grown old in bottle.
  • noun Any residue or remnant.
  • noun Synonyms Domiciliation, inhabitancy, sojourn, stay.
  • noun Home, domicile, mansion. See abide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or fact of residing, abiding, or dwelling in a place for some continuance of time.
  • noun The place where one resides; an abode; a dwelling or habitation; esp., a settled or permanent home or domicile.
  • noun (Eng. Eccl. Law) The residing of an incumbent on his benefice; -- opposed to nonresidence.
  • noun The place where anything rests permanently.
  • noun obsolete Subsidence, as of a sediment.
  • noun obsolete That which falls to the bottom of liquors; sediment; also, refuse; residuum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The place where one lives.
  • noun A building used as a home.
  • noun The place where a corporation is established.
  • noun The state of living in a particular place or environment.

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

  • noun the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)
  • noun a large and imposing house
  • noun any address at which you dwell more than temporarily
  • noun the act of dwelling in a place


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin residentia, from Latin resident- stem of residentis, from resideo.


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