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- (uncountable) The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.
- 1651, Thomas Hobbes, chapter 24, in Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill, London: […] [William Wilson] for Andrew Crooke, […], OCLC 895063360:
- And there have been Common-wealths that having no more Territory, than hath served them for habitation, have neverthelesse, not onely maintained, but also encreased their Power, partly by the labour of trading from one place to another, and partly by selling the Manifactures, whereof the Materials were brought in from other places.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book VII”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Witness this new-made world, another Heaven
From Heaven-gate not far, founded in view
On the clear hyaline, the glassy sea;
Of amplitude almost immense, with stars
Numerous, and every star perhaps a world
Of destined habitation […]
- 1817 December 31 (indicated as 1818), [Walter Scott], chapter 10, in Rob Roy. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: […] James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co. […]; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 82790126:
- The few miserable hovels that showed some marks of human habitation, were now of still rarer occurrence; and at length, as we began to ascend an uninterrupted swell of moorland, they totally disappeared.
- 1907, G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday, Chapter 12,
- Now, however, the windows in the houses began one by one to be lit up, giving a greater sense of habitation and humanity.
- (countable) A place of abode; settled dwelling; residence; house.
- c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
- c. 1806–1809 (date written), William Wordsworth, “Book the Fifth. The Pastor.”, in The Excursion, being a Portion of The Recluse, a Poem, London: […] Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […], published 1814, OCLC 1108654590, page 219:
- How gay the Habitations that adorn
This fertile Valley! Not a House but seems
To give assurance of content within;
- 1948, Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country, New York: Scribner, 1987, Chapter 10,
- And this is Shanty Town, my friend. ¶ Even here the children laugh in the narrow lanes that run between these tragic habitations.
- A group, lodge, or company, as of the Primrose League.
- (Louisiana French) A farm.
- See also Thesaurus:abode
the act of inhabitating
a place of abode
habitation f (plural habitations)
- dwelling (a place or house in which a person lives)
- inhabitation (act of inhabiting)
- (Louisiana) farm, plantation, ranch