(Hou"ri) n.; pl. Houris [Per. huri, hura, hur; akin to Ar. hur, pl. of ahwar beautiful-eyed, black-
eyed.] A nymph of paradise; so called by the Mohammedans.
(Hour"ly) a. Happening or done every hour; occurring hour by hour; frequent; often repeated; renewed
hour by hour; continual.
In hourly expectation of a martyrdom.Sharp.
(Hour"ly), adv. Every hour; frequently; continually.
Great was their strife, which hourly was renewed.Dryden.
(Hours) n. pl. [A translation of L. Horae See Hour.] (Myth.) Goddess of the seasons, or of the
hours of the day.
Lo! where the rosy-blosomed Hours,Gray.
Fair Venus' train, appear.
(Hous"age) n. [From House.] A fee for keeping goods in a house. [R.] Chambers.
(House) n.; pl. Houses [OE. hous, hus, AS. hs; akin to OS. & OFries. hs, D. huis, OHG.
hs, G. haus, Icel. hs, Sw. hus, Dan. huus, Goth. gudhs, 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 stenchShak.
Are from their hives and houses driven away.
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,Tennyson.
The one transmitter of their ancient name.
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.