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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  House  \House\,  n.;  pl  {Houses}.  [OE.  hous,  hus,  AS  h?s;  akin 
  to  OS  &  OFries  h?s,  D.  huis,  OHG.  h?s,  G.  haus,  Icel.  h?s, 
  Sw  hus,  Dan.  huus,  Goth.  gudh?s,  house  of  God,  temple;  and 
  prob.  to  E.  hide  to  conceal.  See  {Hide},  and  cf  {Hoard}, 
  {Husband},  {Hussy},  {Husting}.] 
  1.  A  structure  intended  or  used  as  a  habitation  or  shelter 
  for  animals  of  any  kind  but  especially,  a  building  or 
  edifice  for  the  habitation  of  man;  a  dwelling  place  a 
  mansion. 
 
  Houses  are  built  to  live  in  not  to  look  on 
  --Bacon. 
 
  Bees  with  smoke  and  doves  with  noisome  stench  Are 
  from  their  hives  and  houses  driven  away  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Household  affairs;  domestic  concerns;  particularly  in  the 
  phrase  to  keep  house.  See  below. 
 
  3.  Those  who  dwell  in  the  same  house;  a  household. 
 
  One  that  feared  God  with  all  his  house.  --Acts  x.  2. 
 
  4.  A  family  of  ancestors,  descendants,  and  kindred;  a  race  of 
  persons  from  the  same  stock;  a  tribe;  especially,  a  noble 
  family  or  an  illustrious  race;  as  the  house  of  Austria; 
  the  house  of  Hanover;  the  house  of  Israel. 
 
  The  last  remaining  pillar  of  their  house,  The  one 
  transmitter  of  their  ancient  name  --Tennyson. 
 
  5.  One  of  the  estates  of  a  kingdom  or  other  government 
  assembled  in  parliament  or  legislature;  a  body  of  men 
  united  in  a  legislative  capacity;  as  the  House  of  Lords; 
  the  House  of  Commons;  the  House  of  Representatives;  also 
  a  quorum  of  such  a  body.  See  {Congress},  and  {Parliament}. 
 
  6.  (Com.)  A  firm,  or  commercial  establishment. 
 
  7.  A  public  house;  an  inn;  a  hotel. 
 
  8.  (Astrol.)  A  twelfth  part  of  the  heavens,  as  divided  by  six 
  circles  intersecting  at  the  north  and  south  points  of  the 
  horizon,  used  by  astrologers  in  noting  the  positions  of 
  the  heavenly  bodies,  and  casting  horoscopes  or  nativities. 
  The  houses  were  regarded  as  fixed  in  respect  to  the 
  horizon,  and  numbered  from  the  one  at  the  eastern  horizon, 
  called  the  ascendant,  first  house,  or  house  of  life, 
  downward,  or  in  the  direction  of  the  earth's  revolution, 
  the  stars  and  planets  passing  through  them  in  the  reverse 
  order  every  twenty-four  hours. 
 
  9.  A  square  on  a  chessboard,  regarded  as  the  proper  place  of 
  a  piece. 
 
  10.  An  audience;  an  assembly  of  hearers,  as  at  a  lecture,  a 
  theater,  etc.;  as  a  thin  or  a  full  house. 
 
  11.  The  body,  as  the  habitation  of  the  soul. 
 
  This  mortal  house  I'll  ruin,  Do  C[ae]sar  what  he 
  can.  --Shak. 
 
  12. 
 
  Usage:  [With  an  adj.,  as  narrow,  dark,  etc.]  The  grave.  ``The 
  narrow  house.''  --Bryant. 
 
  Note:  House  is  much  used  adjectively  and  as  the  first  element 
  of  compounds.  The  sense  is  usually  obvious;  as  house 
  cricket,  housemaid,  house  painter,  housework. 
 
  {House  ant}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  very  small  yellowish  brown  ant 
  ({Myrmica  molesta}),  which  often  infests  houses,  and 
  sometimes  becomes  a  great  pest. 
 
  {House  of  bishops}  (Prot.  Epis.  Ch.),  one  of  the  two  bodies 
  composing  a  general  convertion,  the  other  being  House  of 
  Clerical  and  Lay  Deputies. 
 
  {House  boat},  a  covered  boat  used  as  a  dwelling. 
 
  {House  of  call},  a  place  usually  a  public  house,  where 
  journeymen  connected  with  a  particular  trade  assemble  when 
  out  of  work  ready  for  the  call  of  employers.  [Eng.] 




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