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From Middle English 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).




  1. present participle of house
    We are housing the Wik* servers in Florida.


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.