Definition of forcing house in English:

forcing house


  • A place in which the growth or development of something (especially plants) is artificially hastened.

    figurative ‘the army became a forcing house for national liberation’
    • ‘But the question remained as to whether he was really a crime writer or a straight novelist who chose to use crimes as a forcing house in which to examine questions of personality, propensity, even national characteristics, under abnormal conditions.’
    • ‘A Hereford Journal advertisement of 1792 listed two granaries, a dovecot, a walled garden with fruit trees, hot houses, forcing house, green-house, ice house, shrubberies and pleasure ground.’
    • ‘The royal kitchens have been a forcing house for the talents of Thai cooks.’
    • ‘West Berlin became a forcing house for new ideas about urban architecture and planning.’
    • ‘Winter rhubarb of the highest quality is produced in forcing houses in Michigan and Ontario.’
    • ‘There was a flower garden and a kitchen garden with two forcing houses and bricked hot bed.’
    • ‘Two forcing houses and a forcing pit, potting and store sheds, made sure it was a productive garden, and when the owner was residing in London, the produce was sent by rail to his London house.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in the gardens were an ornamental lake, rockery, rosarium, extensive lawns, and a fruit garden with forcing houses.’
    • ‘Another object of the invention is to provide a machine capable of cleaning and dehydrating waste resin articles such as badly muddied farming sheets including vinyl sheet covering of forcing houses and beds thereby providing raw resin materials for reuse.’
    • ‘The Manor also had a forcing house (in the dark) to bring on rhubarb and mushrooms.’
    • ‘I'll trust the feel of things the dear, familiar reaching out and find my way into the dark to the shed beyond the forcing house and the sandals you wore when last we walked this meadow.’
    • ‘Todate, we have discovered the original planting included Agapanthus, Arum, Chrysanthemum, Carnation, Begonia, Geranium and Dahlia varieties overwintered in the specialist forcing houses in the adjoining vegetable garden before planting out in spring.’
    • ‘The conservatory is a building contradistinguished from forcing houses of every description, and as its name implies, is chiefly used for the preservation of plants, although vines are sometimes trained within it.’
    • ‘From 1406 the city was governed by Florence, whose Medici rulers re-established the University of Pisa, one of the intellectual forcing houses of the Renaissance; Galileo was one of the teachers there.’
    • ‘On the northern part adjoining Edith Road stood a groom's cottage, stables, coachhouse, workshops, and a covered yard used by Weeks's business; the larger part to the south was leased to William Bull for 28 years in 1863 with a house, outbuildings and forcing houses, conservatories, greenhouses, and seed houses, at £300 a year.’
    • ‘Its view of universities is that they are essentially forcing houses for the production of skills useful to business.’
    • ‘He developed his wry, sweet and irrepressibly meshuggeneh visions in the two great forcing houses of modernism between 1900 and 1925: Paris and Russia.’
    • ‘Such a self-referential approach, however, has again proved a forcing house for structural wizardry, conjured by Arup magus Cecil Balmond.’
    • ‘Winter rhubarb is commercially produced in forcing houses in Michigan and Ontario.’
    • ‘The unique demands of the Tour, especially the great climbs such as the Tourmalet, the Galibier and the Alpe d' Huez, were a forcing house for French heroes.’
    breeding ground, nursery, cradle, nest, den, seedbed, forcing house
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