Main definitions of housing in English

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housing1

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Houses and flats considered collectively:

    [as modifier] ‘a housing development’
    • ‘The book is being commissioned as part of a new Sligo County Council social and affordable housing scheme in Dromore West.’
    • ‘Those with no hope of purchasing a home on the open market could avail of cheaper homes under social affordable housing schemes administered by the local authority.’
    • ‘Our base assumption is that 25 per cent of the flats will be affordable housing.’
    • ‘Another objective was in relation to the integration of social and affordable housing into all developments which take place.’
    • ‘The other runs a series of housing developments, building homes for the new middle class.’
    • ‘The general view was that they wanted affordable housing, not flats, and I think they are entirely right.’
    • ‘Development and social services, especially affordable housing, were also big concerns.’
    • ‘It has increased substantially over the past year, but continues to offer some of the most affordable housing in the country.’
    • ‘The first group of 300 people has moved into their new homes in the Brickfields housing development in Newtown.’
    • ‘The bureau was established in 1999 with the aim of providing small and affordable housing plans to people building houses.’
    • ‘Our young people in particular need affordable housing and starter homes to save them having to leave their community and move elsewhere.’
    • ‘We must embark seriously and rapidly on the road to environmentally sustainable energy consistent with the development of sustainable housing.’
    • ‘Thirty-three of the flats would be affordable housing.’
    • ‘South Woodham town councillors have again stated their opposition to plans to build affordable housing and retirement flats in the town’
    • ‘She hated housing developments where every house was a clone of another.’
    • ‘These are kids who grew up in tenements, high rises, government housing or row houses.’
    • ‘In late 1999, the government announced that it intended to force builders to provide social and affordable housing units within their developments.’
    • ‘The first phase of the largest development of homes under the affordable housing scheme in this country sold within the space of two weeks in May in Dublin.’
    • ‘Provisos include making 20 per cent of residential properties on the development affordable housing.’
    • ‘The significance of this development is that it is the first site with a substantial number of houses under the affordable housing scheme.’
    homes, houses, places of residence, buildings
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    1. 1.1 The provision of accommodation:
      [as modifier] ‘a housing association’
      • ‘They admit that if they cannot find sufficient purchasers then they will have to accept offers from housing associations to purchase the homes.’
      • ‘To do this we need education (including continuing education and training), provision of infrastructure and housing.’
      • ‘However, new research finds provision by housing associations is patchy and that jobs are even more important in determining whether young people abandon the countryside.’
      • ‘It was also studying the use of private sector leasing schemes in partnership with housing associations and providing more hostel accommodation.’
      • ‘This leaves Councils faced with the decision whether to stand by and watch the continuing decline of their towns or become involved in the provision of suitable housing.’
      • ‘He has no intention of sitting back on his laurels, but will continue his commitment to the provision of housing in the city.’
      • ‘The committee heard that 59 of the 121 homes to be provided by two housing associations would offer a mix of rental and shared ownership properties.’
      • ‘Or they can offer tenancy support for those who already have access to housing provision.’
      • ‘At the time of the riots, such a rehab programme was made by the Central Government for the widows in Delhi including provision of housing.’
      • ‘One deputy said rural housing was very important and it was great to see that there had been so much provision of housing in the smaller towns and villages of the county.’
      • ‘It has its roots in policy failure - policy failure in relation to planning the provision of housing and policy failure in relation to the location of employment.’
      • ‘Most respondents lived in council or housing association accommodation.’
      • ‘Teenage girls who live in local authority or housing association accommodation are three times more likely to become a mother.’
      • ‘Instead, Netty proposed provisions for housing and transportation, both of which have raised serious problems for workers on the island.’
      • ‘This compares with the provision of housing to 150 families in 2001 and 119 families in 2000.’
      • ‘There are persons without acceptable housing provisions.’
      • ‘The booklet, called The Big Squeeze, shows average incomes, details of housing provision, and the cost of buying and renting borough-by-borough.’
      • ‘It was agreed to contact the appropriate housing association regarding the provision of a light in Manor Road Close.’
      • ‘She said the victim had previously turned down an offer of alternative temporary housing because his two dogs could not be accommodated.’
      • ‘‘Our largest single problem is the provision of housing for local people,’ she said.’
  • 2A rigid casing that encloses and protects a piece of moving or delicate equipment.

    • ‘Shahab said their housings appeared to have been reinforced and filled with some kind of fluid.’
    • ‘Electronic engine components are usually enclosed in plastic housings which are formed from molten plastic in injection molding machines.’
    • ‘Also, some reactor housings will have to be hardened to protect them from air attack.’
    • ‘Transmitter and receiver are supplied fully enclosed in housings measuring 45 x 55 x 15 mm with connectors for external dipole antennas.’
    • ‘At one time the little robot had been covered with a steel housing.’
    • ‘The detachable magazine holds 10 rounds and is contained in a modular housing that comes down as far as the trigger guard.’
    • ‘Intrusion-detection equipment has also been available in hidden housings.’
    • ‘Throughout the entire process there are over 500 measurements taken with both the housings / covers as well as the gear sets.’
    • ‘These mirrors will be arranged in 16 housings each containing 15 nested shells ranging from 50 to 94 mm in diameter.’
    • ‘The proposed chambers have been designed to incorporate the entire burial area and would include memorial housings, pathways, wheelchair access, drainage and gravel finishing.’
    • ‘Interconnecting components within an enclosed compartment extend through openings in the housings to provide electrical interconnections to the next compartment to be assembled.’
    • ‘As a result, the disk drive is still protected inside the computer housing and many users have never seen a disk drive in actual shape and form.’
    • ‘To be on the safe side, the camera housings were taken back down and switch on has been put back by about six weeks while the technical issues are fully resolved.’
    • ‘They have a broad range of applications, from caulking medical equipment housings to adhering pacemaker leads.’
    • ‘Small housings and enclosures are among the products that would benefit.’
    • ‘Mr Greenhalgh went on: ‘Noise won't be a factor either because of state of the art noise damping equipment and acoustic housings we will install.’
    • ‘Among the main components of a gear-type pump for which aluminum may be used are the housing and end covers.’
    • ‘Head and legroom levels are class leading while the generous interior width and an absence of protruding wheel housings maximise space and provide very adequate hip and shoulder room for the driver and all passengers.’
    • ‘This makes it suitable for insertion into small housings, large instrumentation, or analytical equipment.’
    • ‘When it's really coming down, don't use your SLR unless you have it protected by a waterproof device such as plastic-bag type housings.’
    casing, covering, case, cover, encasement, container, enclosure, holder, sheath, jacket, shell, capsule
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  • 3A recess or groove cut in one piece of wood to allow another piece to be attached to it.

    • ‘Clamp a piece of straight edged waste wood in line with one of the groove lines and using the waste wood as guide, saw down to the bottom of the housing.’
    • ‘Which housings / trims are rated for damp location?’

Pronunciation:

housing

/ˈhaʊzɪŋ/

Main definitions of housing in English

: housing1housing2

housing2

noun

archaic
  • A cloth covering put on a horse for protection or ornament.

    • ‘Outside there would be gorgeously caparisoned elephants and horses with rich housings, palanquins and teams of palanquin bearers, four in hand coaches, and subsequently Rolls Royces and Daimlers.’
    • ‘In military use, housings and holster caps served to identify the unit and rank of any mounted soldier.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘covering’): from Old French houce, from medieval Latin hultia, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

housing

/ˈhaʊzɪŋ/