hab·it /ˈhæbət/ 名詞
1. The usual condition or state of a person or thing, either natural or acquired, regarded as something had, possessed, and firmly retained; as, a religious habit; his habit is morose; elms have a spreading habit; esp., physical temperament or constitution; as, a full habit of body.
2. Biol. The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism. Specifically, the tendency of a plant or animal to grow in a certain way; as, the deciduous habit of certain trees.
3. Fixed or established custom; ordinary course of conduct; practice; usage; hence, prominently, the involuntary tendency or aptitude to perform certain actions which is acquired by their frequent repetition; as, habit is second nature; also, peculiar ways of acting; characteristic forms of behavior.
A man of very shy, retired habits. --W. Irving.
4. Outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy. --Shak.
There are, among the statues, several of Venus, in different habits. --Addison.
Syn: -- Practice; mode; manner; way; custom; fashion.
Usage: -- Habit, Custom. Habit is a disposition or tendency leading us to do easily, naturally, and with growing certainty, what we do often; custom is external, being habitual use or the frequent repetition of the same act. The two operate reciprocally on each other. The custom of giving produces a habit of liberality; habits of devotion promote the custom of going to church. Custom also supposes an act of the will, selecting given modes of procedure; habit is a law of our being, a kind of “second nature” which grows up within us.
How use doth breed a habit in a man! --Shak.
He who reigns . . . upheld by old repute,
Consent, or custom --Milton.
Hab·it v. t. [imp. & p. p. Habited; p. pr. & vb. n. Habiting.]
1. To inhabit. [Obs.]
In thilke places as they [birds] habiten. --Rom. of R.
2. To dress; to clothe; to array.
They habited themselves like those rural deities. --Dryden.
3. To accustom; to habituate. [Obs.] --Chapman.
n 1: an established custom; "it was their habit to dine at 7
every evening" [syn: wont]
2: a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition;
"she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use
had hardened him to it" [syn: use, wont]
3: (religion) a distinctive attire (as the costume of a
4: excessive use of drugs [syn: substance abuse, drug abuse]
v : put a habit on