(House"wife`ly) a. Pertaining or appropriate to a housewife; domestic; economical; prudent.
A good sort of woman, ladylike and housewifely.Sir W. Scott.
(House"wif`er*y) n. The business of the mistress of a family; female management of domestic
(House"work`) n. The work belonging to housekeeping; especially, kitchen work, sweeping,
scrubbing, bed making, and the like.
(House"wright`) n. A builder of houses.
(Hous"ing) n. [From House. In some of its senses this word has been confused with the following
1. The act of putting or receiving under shelter; the state of dwelling in a habitation.
2. That which shelters or covers; houses, taken collectively. Fabyan.
3. (Arch.) (a) The space taken out of one solid, to admit the insertion of part of another, as the end of
one timber in the side of another. (b) A niche for a statue.
4. (Mach.) A frame or support for holding something in place, as journal boxes, etc.
5. (Naut.) (a) That portion of a mast or bowsprit which is beneath the deck or within the vessel. (b)
A covering or protection, as an awning over the deck of a ship when laid up. (c) A houseline. See
(Hous"ing), n. [From Houss.]
1. A cover or cloth for a horse's saddle, as an ornamental or military appendage; a saddlecloth; a horse
cloth; in plural, trappings.
2. An appendage to the hames or collar of a harness.
(Hous"ling) a. [See Housel.] Sacramental; as, housling fire. [R.] Spenser.
(Houss) n. [F. housse, LL. hulcia, fr. OHG. hulst; akin to E. holster. See Holster, and cf. 2d
Housing.] A saddlecloth; a housing. [Obs.] Dryden.
(||Hou"tou) n. [From its note.] (Zoöl.) A beautiful South American motmot. Waterton.
(Houve) n. [AS. hufe.] A head covering of various kinds; a hood; a coif; a cap. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Hou*yhnhnm") n. One of the race of horses described by Swift in his imaginary travels of
Lemuel Gulliver. The Houyhnhnms were endowed with reason and noble qualities; subject to them were
Yahoos, a race of brutes having the form and all the worst vices of men.
Hove short, Hove to. See To heave a cable short, To heave a ship to, etc., under Heave.
(Hove) imp. & p. p. of Heave.
(Hove), v. i. & t. To rise; to swell; to heave; to cause to swell. [Obs. or Scot.] Holland. Burns.
(Hove), v. i. [OE. hoven. See Hover.] To hover around; to loiter; to lurk. [Obs.] Gower.