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     ( house plants    plural  ) , houseplant   A house plant is a plant which is grown in a pot indoors.      n-count  
(=pot plant)  
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house        ( houses    plural & 3rd person present)   ( housing    present participle)   ( housed    past tense & past participle  )
Pronounced haʊs for the noun and adjective, and haʊz for the verb. The form houses is pronounced haʊzɪz.     
1       n-count   A house is a building in which people live, usually the people belonging to one family.  
She has moved to a smaller house., ...her parents' house in Warwickshire.     
2       n-sing   You can refer to all the people who live together in a house as thehouse.  
usu the N   (=household)  
If he set his alarm clock for midnight, it would wake the whole house...     
3       n-count   House is used in the names of types of places where people go to eat and drink.  
n N  
...a steak house., old Salzburg coffee house.     
4       n-count   House is used in the names of types of companies, especially ones which publish books, lend money, or design clothes.  
n N  
Many of the clothes come from the world's top fashion houses..., Eventually she was fired from her job at a publishing house.     
5       n-in-names   House is sometimes used in the names of office buildings and large private homes or expensive houses.  
  (mainly BRIT)   n N  
I was to go to the very top floor of Bush House in Aldwych., ...Harewood House near Leeds.     
6       n-count   You can refer to the two main bodies of Britain's parliament and the United States of America's legislature as theHouse or a House.  
Some members of the House and Senate worked all day yesterday...     
7       n-count   A house is a family which has been or will be important for many generations, especially the family of a king or queen.  
with supp  
...the House of Windsor.     
8       n-count   The house is the part of a theatre, cinema, or other place of entertainment where the audience sits. You can also refer to the audience at a particular performance as the house.  
They played in front of a packed house.     
9       adj   A restaurant's house wine is the cheapest wine it sells, which is not listed by name on the wine list.  
ADJ n  
Tweed ordered a carafe of the house wine.     
10       verb   To house someone means to provide a house or flat for them to live in.  
Part III of the Housing Act 1985 imposes duties on local authorities to house homeless people...      V n  
Regrettably we have to house families in these inadequate flats.      V n adv/prep  
11       verb   A building or container that houses something is the place where it is located or from where it operates.  
no cont  
The château itself is open to the public and houses a museum of motorcycles and cars...      V n  
12       verb   If you say that a building houses a number of people, you mean that is the place where they live or where they are staying.  
no cont   (=accommodate)  
The building will house twelve boys and eight girls...      V n  
    boarding house  
    chapter house  
    clearing house  
    council house  
    doll's house  
    full house  
    open house  
    opera house  
    public house  
    Wendy house  
    White House  
14    If a person or their performance or speech brings the house down, the audience claps, laughs, or shouts loudly because the performance or speech is very impressive or amusing.  
bring the house down      phrase   V inflects  
It's really an amazing dance. It just always brings the house down.     
15    If two people get on like a house on fire, they quickly become close friends, for example because they have many interests in common.  
get on like a house on fire      phrase   V inflects  
16    If you are given something in a restaurant or bar on the house, you do not have to pay for it.  
on the house      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
The owner knew about the engagement and brought them glasses of champagne on the house.     
17    If someone gets their house in order, puts their house in order, or sets their house in order, they arrange their affairs and solve their problems.  
get/put/set one's house in order      phrase   V inflects  
Some think Stempel's departure will help the company get its financial house in order...     

acid house     
Acid house is a type of electronic dance music with a strong, repeated rhythm.      n-uncount  
art-house      , arthouse  
An art-house film is a film that is intended to be a serious artistic work rather than a piece of popular entertainment.      adj   ADJ n  
boarding house        ( boarding houses    plural  )
The spellings boardinghouse in American English, and boarding-house in British English are also used.      A boarding house is a house which people pay to stay in for a short time.      n-count   (=guest house)  
chapter house        ( chapter houses    plural  )
1       n-count   A chapter house is the building or set of rooms in the grounds of a cathedral where the members of the clergy hold their meetings.  
2       n-count   In a university or college, a chapter house is the place where a fraternity or sorority lives or meets.  
charnel house     ( charnel houses    plural  ) A charnel house is a place where the bodies and bones of dead people are stored.      n-count  
clearing house        ( clearing houses    plural  ) , clearing-house  
1       n-count   If an organization acts as a clearing house, it collects, sorts, and distributes specialized information.  
The centre will act as a clearing house for research projects for former nuclear scientists.     
2       n-count   A clearing house is a central bank which deals with all the business between the banks that use its services.     (BUSINESS)  
coffee house        ( coffee houses    plural  ) , coffee-house   A coffee house is a kind of bar where people sit to drink coffee and talk. Coffee houses were especially popular in Britain in the 18th century.      n-count  
council house        ( council houses    plural  ) In Britain, a council house is a house that is owned by a local council and that people can rent at a low cost.      n-count  
country house        ( country houses    plural  ) A country house is a large, often attractive, house in the country, usually one that is or was owned by a rich or noble family.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
doll's house        ( doll's houses    plural  )
in AM, use dollhouse      A doll's house is a toy in the form of a small house, which contains tiny dolls and furniture for children to play with.      n-count  
doss-house        ( doss-houses    plural  ) , doss house, dosshouse   A doss-house is a kind of cheap hotel in a city for people who have no home and very little money.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
in AM, use flophouse     
free house        ( free houses    plural  ) In Britain, a free house is a pub which is not owned by a particular company and so can sell whatever beers it chooses.      n-count  
full house        ( full houses    plural  ) If a theatre has afull house for a particular performance, it has as large an audience as it can hold.      n-count  
...playing to a full house.     
guest house        ( guest houses    plural  ) , guesthouse  
1       n-count   A guest house is a small hotel.  
2       n-count   A guest house is a small house in the grounds of a large house, where visitors can stay.  
halfway house        ( halfway houses    plural  )
1       n-sing   A halfway house is an arrangement or thing that has some of the qualities of two different things.  
A halfway house between the theatre and cinema is possible. Olivier created one in his imaginative `Henry V' in 1945.     
2       n-count   A halfway house is a home for people such as former prisoners, mental patients, or drug addicts who can stay there for a limited period of time to get used to life outside prison or hospital.  
house arrest     
If someone is underhouse arrest, they are officially ordered not to leave their home, because they are suspected of being involved in an illegal activity.      n-uncount   usu under N  
house guest        ( house guests    plural  ) A house guest is a person who is staying at someone's house for a period of time.      n-count  
house lights     
In a theatre or cinema, when the house lights dim or go down, the lights where the audience sits are switched off. When thehouse lights come up, the lights are switched on.      n-plural   the N  
House of Commons     
The House of Commons is the part of parliament in Britain or Canada whose members are elected. The building where they meet is also called the House of Commons.      n-proper   the N  
The House of Commons has overwhelmingly rejected demands to bring back the death penalty for murder...     
house of God        ( houses of God    plural  ) A Christian church is sometimes referred to as a house of God.      n-count  
House of Lords     
The House of Lords is the part of the parliament in Britain whose members have not been elected. The building where they meet is also called theHouse of Lords.      n-proper   the N  
The legislation has twice been rejected by the House of Lords.     
House of Representatives     
The House of Representatives is the less powerful of the two parts of Congress in the United States, or the equivalent part of the system of government in some other countries.      n-proper   the N  
The House of Representatives approved a new budget plan.     
house owner        ( house owners    plural  ) , house-owner   A house owner is a person who owns a house.      n-count  
house party        ( house parties    plural  ) A house party is a party held at a big house in the country, usually at a weekend, where the guests stay for a few days.      n-count  
house plant        ( house plants    plural  ) , houseplant   A house plant is a plant which is grown in a pot indoors.      n-count   (=pot plant)  
house-to-house      , house to house  
A house-to-house activity involves going to all the houses in an area one after another.      adj   ADJ n   (=door-to-door)  
Security officers have carried out a number of house-to-house searches.     
      House-to-house is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
They're going house to house, rounding up the residents.     
In-house work or activities are done by employees of an organization or company, rather than by workers outside the organization or company.      adj  
A lot of companies do in-house training.     
      In-house is also an adverb., adv  
The magazine is still produced in-house.     
lodging house        ( lodging houses    plural  ) A lodging house is a house where people can rent rooms to live in or stay in.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, usually use rooming house     
manor house        ( manor houses    plural  ) A manor house is the main house that is or was on a medieval manor.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
meeting house        ( meeting houses    plural  ) A meeting house is a building in which certain groups of Christians, for example Quakers, meet in order to worship together.      n-count  
movie house        ( movie houses    plural  ) A movie house is the same as a movie theater.  
  (AM)      n-count  
open house  
1       n-uncount   If you say that someone keeps open house, you mean that they welcome friends or visitors to their house whenever they arrive and allow them to stay for as long as they want to.  
Father Illtyd kept open house and the boys would congregate in his study during their recreation time, playing cards or games.     
2       n-var   An open house is a day on which members of the public are encouraged to visit a particular institution or place to see what it is like.  
  (AM)   also N n  
A week later, Sara and I attended open house at Ted's school...     
in BRIT, use open day     
opera house        ( opera houses    plural  ) An opera house is a theatre that is specially designed for the performance of operas.      n-count; n-in-names  
...Sydney Opera House.     
packing house        ( packing houses    plural  ) A packing house is a company that processes and packs food, especially meat, to be sold.  
  (AM)      n-count  
public house        ( public houses    plural  ) A public house is the same as a pub.  
FORMAL      n-count  
publishing house        ( publishing houses    plural  ) A publishing house is a company which publishes books.      n-count   (=publisher)  
rooming house        ( rooming houses    plural  ) A rooming house is a building that is divided into small flats or single rooms which people rent to live in.  
  (AM)      n-count  
row house     ( row houses    plural  ) , rowhouse   A row house is one of a row of similar houses that are joined together by both of their side walls.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use terraced house     
safe house        ( safe houses    plural  ) , safe-house   You can refer to a building as a safe house when it is used as a place where someone can stay and be protected. Safe houses are often used by spies, criminals, or the police.      n-count  
...a farm which operates as a safe house for criminals on the run.     
steak house        ( steak houses    plural  ) , steakhouse   A steak house is a restaurant that serves mainly steaks.      n-count  
summer house        ( summer houses    plural  ) , summerhouse  
1       n-count   A summer house is a small building in a garden. It contains seats, and people can sit there in the summer.  
2       n-count   Someone's summer house is a house in the country or by the sea where they spend the summer.  
He visited relatives at their summer house on the river.     
terraced house        ( terraced houses    plural  ) A terraced house or a terrace house is one of a row of similar houses joined together by their side walls.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use row house     
town house        ( town houses    plural  )
1       n-count   A town house is a tall narrow house in a town, usually in a row of similar houses.  
2       n-count   The town house of a wealthy person is the house that they own in a town or city, rather than another house that they own in the country.  
with poss  
Upper House        ( Upper Houses    plural  )
1       n-proper   In Britain, theUpper House is theHouse of Lords.  
The decision was announced after objections were raised in the Upper House of Parliament.     
2       n-proper   In the United States, theUpper House is theSenate.  
3       n-count   In other countries where the parliament is divided into two groups of members, theUpper House is the more senior of these groups, although it may not be more powerful.  
also N-PROPER  
The Upper House of the German parliament is to meet today in Berlin.     
Wendy house        ( Wendy houses    plural  ) A Wendy house is a small toy house for a child to play in.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use playhouse     
White House     
The White House is the official home in Washington DC of the President of the United States. You can also use the White House to refer to the President of the United States and his or her officials.      n-proper   the N, N n  
He drove to the White House..., The White House has not participated in any talks.     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    abode, building, domicile, dwelling, edifice, habitation, home, homestead, pad     (slang)   residence  
2    family, household, ménage  
3    ancestry, clan, dynasty, family tree, kindred, line, lineage, race, tribe  
4    business, company, concern, establishment, firm, organization, outfit     (informal)   partnership  
5    assembly, Commons, legislative body, parliament  
6    hotel, inn, public house, tavern  
7    on the house      for nothing, free, gratis, without expense  
8    accommodate, billet, board, domicile, harbour, lodge, put up, quarter, take in  
9    contain, cover, keep, protect, sheathe, shelter, store  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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International House Of Pancakes
act of covering an object, such as a tree, house, or another structure with toilet paper
Syn.: TP'ing
distributed control system; a control system for a process or plant, wherein control elements are distributed throughout the system
chemical plants, petrochemical (oil) and refineries, boiler controls and power plant systems, nuclear power plants, environmental control systems etc.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
A pipe that carries water and pollutants after being used in houses and businesses.
expression meaning that one should not criticize someone else for a mistake that he/she also makes or a flaw that he/she also has
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