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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
House \House\ (hous), n.; pl. Houses. [OE. hous, hus, AS. h?s; akin to OS. & OFries. h?s, D. huis, OHG. h?s, G. haus, Icel. h?s, Sw. hus, Dan. huus, Goth. gudh?s, house of God, temple; and prob. to E. hide to conceal. See Hide, and cf. Hoard, Husband, Hussy, Husting.] 1. A structure intended or used as a habitation or shelter for animals of any kind; but especially, a building or edifice for the habitation of man; a dwelling place, a mansion. [1913 Webster] Houses are built to live in; not to look on. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Bees with smoke and doves with noisome stench Are from their hives and houses driven away. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Household affairs; domestic concerns; particularly in the phrase to keep house. See below. [1913 Webster] 3. Those who dwell in the same house; a household. [1913 Webster] One that feared God with all his house. --Acts x. 2. [1913 Webster] 4. A family of ancestors, descendants, and kindred; a race of persons from the same stock; a tribe; especially, a noble family or an illustrious race; as, the house of Austria; the house of Hanover; the house of Israel. [1913 Webster] The last remaining pillar of their house, The one transmitter of their ancient name. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 5. One of the estates of a kingdom or other government assembled in parliament or legislature; a body of men united in a legislative capacity; as, the House of Lords; the House of Commons; the House of Representatives; also, a quorum of such a body. See Congress, and Parliament. [1913 Webster] 6. (Com.) A firm, or commercial establishment. [1913 Webster] 7. A public house; an inn; a hotel. [1913 Webster] 8. (Astrol.) A twelfth part of the heavens, as divided by six circles intersecting at the north and south points of the horizon, used by astrologers in noting the positions of the heavenly bodies, and casting horoscopes or nativities. The houses were regarded as fixed in respect to the horizon, and numbered from the one at the eastern horizon, called the ascendant, first house, or house of life, downward, or in the direction of the earth's revolution, the stars and planets passing through them in the reverse order every twenty-four hours. [1913 Webster] 9. A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a piece. [1913 Webster] 10. An audience; an assembly of hearers, as at a lecture, a theater, etc.; as, a thin or a full house. [1913 Webster] 11. The body, as the habitation of the soul. [1913 Webster] This mortal house I'll ruin, Do C[ae]sar what he can. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 12. Usage: [With an adj., as narrow, dark, etc.] The grave. "The narrow house." --Bryant. [1913 Webster] Note: House is much used adjectively and as the first element of compounds. The sense is usually obvious; as, house cricket, housemaid, house painter, housework. [1913 Webster] House ant (Zool.), a very small, yellowish brown ant (Myrmica molesta), which often infests houses, and sometimes becomes a great pest. House of bishops (Prot. Epis. Ch.), one of the two bodies composing a general convertion, the other being House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. House boat, a covered boat used as a dwelling. House of call, a place, usually a public house, where journeymen connected with a particular trade assemble when out of work, ready for the call of employers. [Eng.] To bring down the house. See under Bring. To keep house, to maintain an independent domestic establishment. To keep open house, to entertain friends at all times. Syn: Dwelling; residence; abode. See Tenement. [1913 Webster] .
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Keep \Keep\ (k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kept (k[e^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Keeping.] [OE. k[=e]pen, AS. c[=e]pan to keep, regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE. copnien to desire.] 1. To care; to desire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I kepe not of armes for to yelp [boast]. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain. [1913 Webster] If we lose the field, We can not keep the town. --Shak. [1913 Webster] That I may know what keeps me here with you. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] If we would weigh and keep in our minds what we are considering, that would instruct us. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 3. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor. [1913 Webster] His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Note: In this sense it is often used with prepositions and adverbs, as to keep away, to keep down, to keep from, to keep in, out, or off, etc. "To keep off impertinence and solicitation from his superior." --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of. [1913 Webster] The crown of Stephanus, first king of Hungary, was always kept in the castle of Vicegrade. --Knolles. [1913 Webster] 5. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard. [1913 Webster] Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee. --Gen. xxviii. 15. [1913 Webster] 6. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret. [1913 Webster] Great are thy virtues . . . though kept from man. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 7. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend. [1913 Webster] And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it. --Gen. ii. 15. [1913 Webster] In her girlish age, she kept sheep on the moor. --Carew. [1913 Webster] 8. To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc.; also, to enter (as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book. [1913 Webster] 9. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store. [1913 Webster] Like a pedant that keeps a school. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Every one of them kept house by himself. --Hayward. [1913 Webster] 10. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders. [1913 Webster] 11. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc. [1913 Webster] I keep but three men and a boy. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 12. To have habitually in stock for sale. [1913 Webster] 13. To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession. [1913 Webster] Both day and night did we keep company. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Within this portal as I kept my watch. --Smollett. [1913 Webster] 14. To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to neglect; to be faithful to. [1913 Webster] I have kept the faith. --2 Tim. iv. 7. [1913 Webster] Him whom to love is to obey, and keep His great command. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 15. To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as, to keep one's house, room, bed, etc.; hence, to haunt; to frequent. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 'Tis hallowed ground; Fairies, and fawns, and satyrs do it keep. --J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] 16. To observe duly, as a festival, etc.; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast. [1913 Webster] I went with them to the house of God . . . with a multitude that kept holyday. --Ps. xlii. 4. [1913 Webster] To keep at arm's length. See under Arm, n. To keep back. (a) To reserve; to withhold. "I will keep nothing back from you." --Jer. xlii. 4. (b) To restrain; to hold back. "Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins." --Ps. xix. 13. To keep company with. (a) To frequent the society of; to associate with; as, let youth keep company with the wise and good. (b) To accompany; to go with; as, to keep company with one on a voyage; also, to pay court to, or accept attentions from, with a view to marriage. [Colloq.] To keep counsel. See under Counsel, n. To keep down. (a) To hold in subjection; to restrain; to hinder. (b) (Fine Arts) To subdue in tint or tone, as a portion of a picture, so that the spectator's attention may not be diverted from the more important parts of the work. To keep good hours or To keep bad hours, to be customarily early (or late) in returning home or in retiring to rest. To keep house. (a) To occupy a separate house or establishment, as with one's family, as distinguished from boarding; to manage domestic affairs. (b) (Eng. Bankrupt Law) To seclude one's self in one's house in order to evade the demands of creditors. To keep one's hand in, to keep in practice. To keep open house, to be hospitable. To keep the peace (Law), to avoid or to prevent a breach of the peace. To keep school, to govern, manage and instruct or teach a school, as a preceptor. To keep a stiff upper lip, to keep up one's courage. [Slang] To keep term. (a) (Eng. Universities) To reside during a term. (b) (Inns of Court) To eat a sufficient number of dinners in hall to make the term count for the purpose of being called to the bar. [Eng.] --Mozley & W. To keep touch. See under Touch, n. To keep under, to hold in subjection; hence, to oppress. To keep up. (a) To maintain; to prevent from falling or diminution; as, to keep up the price of goods; to keep up one's credit. (b) To maintain; to continue; to prevent from ceasing. "In joy, that which keeps up the action is the desire to continue it." --Locke. Syn: To retain; detain; reserve; preserve; hold; restrain; maintain; sustain; support; withhold. -- To Keep. Usage: Retain, Preserve. Keep is the generic term, and is often used where retain or preserve would too much restrict the meaning; as, to keep silence, etc. Retain denotes that we keep or hold things, as against influences which might deprive us of them, or reasons which might lead us to give them up; as, to retain vivacity in old age; to retain counsel in a lawsuit; to retain one's servant after a reverse of fortune. Preserve denotes that we keep a thing against agencies which might lead to its being destroyed or broken in upon; as, to preserve one's health; to preserve appearances. [1913 Webster]