AskDefine | Define dwelling

Dictionary Definition

dwelling n : housing that someone is living in; "he built a modest dwelling near the pond"; "they raise money to provide homes for the homeless" [syn: home, domicile, abode, habitation, dwelling house]

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  • /ˈdwel.ɪŋ/, /"dwel.IN/


  1. A habitation; a place or house in which a person lives; abode; domicile.
    The old house served as a dwelling for Albert.
    Philip's dwelling fronted on the street. - Alfred Tennyson

Derived terms


a place or house in which a person lives


  • Webster, 1913.


  1. present participle of dwell
    I was dwelling in the cave.

Extensive Definition

Dwelling - as well as being a term for a house, or for living somewhere, or for lingering somewhere - is a philosophical concept which was developed by Martin Heidegger. This approach to being-in-the-world, has, and is being, used in various branches of the social sciences to think about landscape, place and nature society relation
dwelling in Portuguese: Habitação
dwelling in Swedish: Bostad

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