Dictionary: HOUR'HAND – HOUS'EL

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The hand or pointed pin which shows the hour on a chronometer.

HOU'RI, n.

Among the Mohammedans, a nymph of paradise. Johnson.

HOUR'LY, a. [our'ly.]

  1. Happening or done every hour; occurring hour by hour; frequent; often repeated. Observe the waning moon with hourly view. Dryden.
  2. Continual. We must live in hourly expectation of having the troops recalled. Swift.

HOUR'LY, adv. [our'ly.]

Every hour; frequently; continually. Great was their strife, which hourly was renewed. Dryden.

HOUR'PLATE, n. [our'plate.]

The plate of a clock or other time-piece on which the hours are marked; the dial. Locke.

HOUS'AGE, n. [from house.]

A fee for keeping goods in a house. [Not in use.] Chambers.

HOUSE, n. [hous; Sax. hus; Goth. Sw. and Scot. hus; G. haus; D. huis; Dan. huus; L. casa; It. Sp. and Port. casa; W. hws, a covering or housing. If the primary sense is a covering, this word may be referred to Heb. Ch. Syr. כסה, Ar. كَسَا, kasa, to put on, to cover. Class Gs, No. 57. It corresponds to cot, in a different dialect.]

  1. In a general sense, a building or shed intended or used as a habitation or shelter for animals of any kind; but appropriately, a building or edifice for the habitation of man; a dwelling place, mansion or abode for any of the human species. It may be of any size, and composed of any materials whatever, wood, stone, brick, &c.
  2. An edifice or building appropriated to the worship of God; a temple; a church; as, the house of God.
  3. A monastery; a college; as, a religious house.
  4. The manner of living; the table. He keeps a good house, or a miserable house.
  5. In astrology, the station of a planet in the heavens, or the twelfth part of the heavens. Johnson. Encyc.
  6. A family of ancestors; descendants and kindred; a race of persons from the same stock; a tribe. It particularly denotes a noble family or an illustrious race; as, the house of Austria; the house of Hanover. So in Scripture, the house of Israel, or of Judah. Two of a house few ages can afford. Dryden.
  7. One of the estates of a kingdom assembled in parliament or legislature; a body of men united in their legislative capacity, and holding their place by right or by election. Thus we say, the house of lords or peers of Great Britain; the house of commons; the house of representatives. In most of the United States, the legislatures consist of two houses, the senate, and the house of representatives or delegates.
  8. The quorum of a legislative body; the number of representatives assembled who are constitutionally empowered to enact laws. Hence we say, there is a sufficient number of representatives present to form a house.
  9. In Scripture, those who dwell in a house and compose a family; a household. Cornelius was a devout man, and feared God with all his house. Acts x.
  10. Wealth; estate. Ye devour widows' houses. Matth. xxiii.
  11. The grave; as, the house appointed for all living. Job xxx.
  12. Household affairs; domestic concerns. Set thy house in order. 2 Kings xx.
  13. The body; the residence of the soul in this world; as, our earthly house. 2 Cor. v.
  14. The church among the Jews. Moses was faithful in all his house. Heb. iii.
  15. A place of residence. Egypt is called the house of bondage. Ex. xiii.
  16. A square, or division on a chess board. Encyc.

HOUSE, v.i. [houz.]

  1. To take shelter or lodgings; to keep abode; to reside. To house with darkness and with death. Milton.
  2. To have an astrological station in the heavens. Where Saturn houses. Dryden.

HOUSE, v.t. [houz. Sw. hysa.]

  1. To cover from the inclemencies of the weather; to shelter; to protect by covering; as, to house wood; to house farming utensils; to house cattle.
  2. To admit to residence; to harbor. Palladius wished him to house all the Helots. Sidney.
  3. To deposit and cover, as in the grave. Sandys.
  4. To drive to a shelter. Shak.

HOUSE'BOAT, n. [hous'boat.]

A covered boat.

HOUSE'BOTE, n. [hous'bote; house and Sax. bot, supply.]

In law, a sufficient allowance of wood to repair the house and supply fuel.

HOUSE'-BREAK-ER, n. [hous'-breaker.]

One who breaks, opens and enters a house by day with a felonious intent, or one who breaks or opens a house, and steals therefrom, by daylight. Blackstone.

HOUSE'-BREAK-ING, n. [hous'-breaking.]

The breaking, or opening and entering of a house by daylight, with the intent to commit felony, or to steal or rob. The same crime committed at night is burglary. Blackstone.

HOUS'ED, pp. [s as z.]

Put under cover; sheltered.

HOUSE-DOG, n. [hous'dog.]

A dog kept to guard the house. Addison.

HOUSE'HOLD, a. [hous'hold.]

Belonging to the house and family; domestic; as, household furniture; household affairs.

HOUSE'HOLD, n. [hous'hold.]

  1. Those who dwell under the same roof and compose a family; those who belong to a family. I baptized also the household of Stephanus. 1 Cor. i.
  2. Family life; domestic management. Shak.


Common bread, or not of the finest quality.

HOUSE'HOLD-ER, n. [hous'holder.]

The master or chief of a family; one who keeps house with his family. Matth. xiii.

HOUSE'HOLD-STUFF, n. [hous'hold-stuff.]

The furniture of a house; the vessels, utensils, and goods of a family. Bacon.

HOUSE'KEEP-ER, n. [hous'keeper.]

  1. One who occupies a house with his family; a man or woman who maintains a family state in a house; a householder; the master or mistress of a family. Locke.
  2. A female servant who has the chief care of the family and superintends the other servants. Swift.
  3. One who lives in plenty. [Not in use.] Wotton.
  4. One who keeps much at home. [Not used.] Shak.
  5. A housedog. [Not used.] Shak.

HOUSE'KEEP-ING, a. [hous'keeping.]

Domestic; used in a family; as, housekeeping commodities. [Little used.] Carew.

HOUSE'KEEP-ING, n. [As above.]

  1. The family state in a dwelling.
  2. Hospitality; a plentiful and hospitable table. [Not used in the United States.]

HOUS'EL, n. [houz'l; Sax. husel. Lye supposes this to be from Goth. hunsa, a victim.]

The eucharist; the sacred bread.

HOUS'EL, v.t. [Sax. huslian.]

To give or receive the eucharist. [Obs.] Chaucer.