• (noun): Buildings or other shelters in which people live: a shortage of housing in the city.
  • (noun): A place to live; a dwelling: She came to college early to look for housing.
  • (noun): Provision of lodging or shelter: the housing of refugees; a contract that includes housing.
  • (noun): Something that covers, protects, or supports, especially:
  • (noun): A frame, bracket, or box for holding or protecting a mechanical part: a wheel housing.
  • (noun): An enclosing frame in which a shaft revolves.
  • (noun): A hole, groove, or slot in a piece of wood into which another piece is inserted.
  • (noun): A niche for a statue.
  • (noun): Nautical The part of a mast that is below deck.
  • (noun): Nautical The part of a bowsprit that is inside the hull.
  • (noun): An ornamental or protective covering for a saddle.
  • (noun): Trappings for a horse. Often used in the plural.

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  • (noun): stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
  • (noun): a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component
  • (noun): structures collectively in which people are housed

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Housing, or more generally living spaces, refers to the construction and assigned usage of houses or buildings collectively, for the purpose of sheltering people —the planning or provision delivered by an authority, with related meanings. The social issue is of ensuring that members of society have a home in which to live, whether this is a house, or some other kind of dwelling, lodging, or shelter. Many governments have one or more housing authorities, sometimes also called a housing ministry, or housing department.

Example Sentences

  • CNN was at it again, wondering if China's supposed housing bubble was about to burst, as if the term "housing bubble" in China was the same as the housing bubble America faced in 2008.

  • Where, in housing, is the border between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’?

  • Overview: One new trend in housing is the growth of age-targeted developments, rather than age-restricted.

  • Many analysts believe the serious slump in housing is the result of a speculative bubble bursting after home sales set records for five straight years.

  • "The further contraction in housing is likely to be a significant drag on growth in the current quarter and through early next year," [Fed Reserve Chairman Ben] Bernanke said.

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