House v. t. [imp. & p. p. Housed p. pr. & vb. n. Housing.]
1. To take or put into a house; to shelter under a roof; to cover from the inclemencies of the weather; to protect by covering; as, to house one's family in a comfortable home; to house farming utensils; to house cattle.
At length have housed me in a humble shed. --Young.
House your choicest carnations, or rather set them under a penthouse. --Evelyn.
2. To drive to a shelter.
3. To admit to residence; to harbor.
Palladius wished him to house all the Helots. --Sir P. Sidney.
4. To deposit and cover, as in the grave.
5. Naut. To stow in a safe place; to take down and make safe; as, to house the upper spars.
1. The act of putting or receiving under shelter; the state of dwelling in a habitation.
2. That which shelters or covers; houses, taken collectively.
3. Arch. (a) 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. (b) A niche for a statue.
4. Mach. A frame or support for holding something in place, such as a piece of machinery, journal boxes, etc.
5. Naut. (a) That portion of a mast or bowsprit which is beneath the deck or within the vessel. (b) A covering or protection, as an awning over the deck of a ship when laid up. (c) A houseline. See Houseline.
1. A cover or cloth for a horse's saddle, as an ornamental or military appendage; a saddlecloth; a horse cloth; in plural, trappings.
2. An appendage to the hames or collar of a harness.
n 1: housing structures collectively; structures in which people
are housed [syn: lodging, living accommodations]
2: a protective cover designed to contain or support a
3: stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse,
especially (formerly) for a warhorse [syn: caparison, trapping,