husband


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Husband \Hus"band\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Husbanded; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Husbanding.]
   1. To direct and manage with frugality; to use or employ to
      good purpose and the best advantage; to spend, apply, or
      use, with economy.
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            For my means, I'll husband them so well,
            They shall go far.                    --Shak.
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   2. To cultivate, as land; to till. [R.]
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            Land so trim and rarely husbanded.    --Evelyn.
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   3. To furnish with a husband. [R.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Husband \Hus"band\, n. [OE. hosebonde, husbonde, a husband, the
   master of the house or family, AS. h?sbonda master of the
   house; h?s house + bunda, bonda, householder, husband; prob.
   fr. Icel. h?sb[=o]ndi house master, husband; h?s house +
   b?andi dwelling, inhabiting, p. pr. of b?a to dwell; akin to
   AS. b?an, Goth. bauan. See House Be, and cf. Bond a
   slave, Boor.]
   1. The male head of a household; one who orders the economy
      of a family. [Obs.]
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   2. A cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman. [Obs.] --Shak.
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            The painful husband, plowing up his ground.
                                                  --Hakewill.
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            He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his
            domestic and field accommodations.    --Evelyn.
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   3. One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a
      frugal person; an economist. [R.]
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            God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a
            good husband, to improve the short remnant left me.
                                                  --Fuller.
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   4. A married man; a man who has a wife; -- the correlative to
      wife.
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            The husband and wife are one person in law.
                                                  --Blackstone.
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   5. The male of a pair of animals. [R.] --Dryden.
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   A ship's husband (Naut.), an agent representing the owners
      of a ship, who manages its expenses and receipts.
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