1. The male head of a household; one who orders the economy of a family. [Obs.]
2. A cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman. [Obs.]
The painful husband, plowing up his ground. --Hakewill.
He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his domestic and field accommodations. --Evelyn.
3. One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a frugal person; an economist. [R.]
God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a good husband, to improve the short remnant left me. --Fuller.
4. A married man; a man who has a wife; -- the correlative to wife.
The husband and wife are one person in law. --Blackstone.
5. The male of a pair of animals. [R.]
A ship's husband Naut., an agent representing the owners of a ship, who manages its expenses and receipts.
Hus·band, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Husbanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Husbanding.]
1. To direct and manage with frugality; to use or employ to good purpose and the best advantage; to spend, apply, or use, with economy.
For my means, I'll husband them so well,
They shall go far. --Shak.
2. To cultivate, as land; to till. [R.]
Land so trim and rarely husbanded. --Evelyn.
3. To furnish with a husband. [R.]
n : a married man; a woman's partner in marriage [syn: hubby,
married man] [ant: wife]
v : use cautiously and frugally; "I try to economize my spare
time"; "conserve your energy for the ascent to the
summit" [syn: conserve, economize, economise] [ant:
i.e., the "house-band," connecting and keeping together the
whole family. A man when betrothed was esteemed from that time a
husband (Matt. 1:16, 20; Luke 2:5). A recently married man was
exempt from going to war for "one year" (Deut. 20:7; 24:5).