n. The act of putting in a house or under shelter.n. The building of houses.n. A collection or range of houses.n. Provision of house or shelter; the act of providing with houses: as, the housing of the poor.n. Any covering or shelter, as a protection for a vessel laid up in a dock.n. In carpentry, the space taken out of one piece to admit of the insertion of the extremity of another, for the purpose of connecting them.n. In architecture, a niche for a statue.n. Nautical, same as house-line.n. In machinery: The part of the framing which holds a journal-box in place: called in the United States a jaw.n. The uprights supporting the cross-slide of a planer.n. One of the lateral plates of the box of a car-axle; a housing-box; a journal-box.n. All that appertains to the house or homestead, its outbuildings, etc.n. A covering; specifically, the trappings or caparison of a horse; especially, a complete covering used for defense or to cover and conceal defensive armor, or for ceremonial purposes only: generally in the plural. Compare trapping, bard, caparison.n. The leather fastened at a horse's collar to turn over the back when it rains.n. The inboard end of the bowsprit: also, that part of a mast that is below the upper or spar-deck.