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Etymology 1[edit]

From house +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of house
    We are housing the company's servers in Florida.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English housyng, housinge, howsynge, from Old English *hūsung (housing), from Old English hūsian (to house, shelter; receive into one's house), equivalent to house +‎ -ing. Cognate with Scots housing (housing), Dutch huizing, behuizing (housing), Low German husing, hüsing (housing), German Behausung (housing).


housing (countable and uncountable, plural housings)

  1. (uncountable) The activity of enclosing something or providing a residence for someone.
  2. (uncountable) Residences, collectively.
    She lives in low-income housing.
  3. (countable) A mechanical component's container or covering.
    The gears were grinding against their housing.
  4. A cover or cloth for a horse's saddle, as an ornamental or military appendage; a saddlecloth; a horse cloth; in plural, trappings.
  5. An appendage to the harness or collar of a harness.
  6. (architecture) The space taken out of one solid to admit the insertion of part of another, such as the end of one timber in the side of another.
  7. A niche for a statue.
  8. (nautical) That portion of a mast or bowsprit which is beneath the deck or within the vessel.
  9. (nautical) A houseline.
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housing m (plural housings)

  1. (computing) colocation; A service allowing multiple customers to locate network, server, and storage gear, connect them to a variety of telecommunications and network service providers, with a minimum of cost and complexity