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HUS'BAND, n. s as z.

1. A man contracted or joined to a woman by marriage. A man to whom a woman is betrothed, as well as one actually united by marriage, is called a husband. Lev.19. Deut.22.

2. In seaman's language, the owner of a ship who manages its concerns in person.

3. The male of animals of a lower order.

4. An economist; a good manager; a man who knows and practices the methods of frugality and profit. In this sense, the word is modified by an epithet; as a good husband; a bad husband. [But in America, this application of the word is little or not at all used.]

5. A farmer; a cultivator; a tiller of the ground. [In this sense, it is not used in America. We always use husbandman.]

HUS'BAND, v.t. To direct and manage with frugality in expending any thing; to use or employ in the manner best suited to produce the greatest effect; to use with economy. We say, a man husbands his estate,his means or his time.

He is conscious how ill he has husbanded the great deposit of his Creator.

1. To till; to cultivate with good management.

2. To supply with a husband. [Little used.]



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HUS'BAND, n. s as z.

1. A man contracted or joined to a woman by marriage. A man to whom a woman is betrothed, as well as one actually united by marriage, is called a husband. Lev.19. Deut.22.

2. In seaman's language, the owner of a ship who manages its concerns in person.

3. The male of animals of a lower order.

4. An economist; a good manager; a man who knows and practices the methods of frugality and profit. In this sense, the word is modified by an epithet; as a good husband; a bad husband. [But in America, this application of the word is little or not at all used.]

5. A farmer; a cultivator; a tiller of the ground. [In this sense, it is not used in America. We always use husbandman.]

HUS'BAND, v.t. To direct and manage with frugality in expending any thing; to use or employ in the manner best suited to produce the greatest effect; to use with economy. We say, a man husbands his estate,his means or his time.

He is conscious how ill he has husbanded the great deposit of his Creator.

1. To till; to cultivate with good management.

2. To supply with a husband. [Little used.]

HUS'BAND, n. [s as z. Sax. husbonda; hus, house, and buend, a farmer or cultivator, or an inhabitant, from byan, to inhabit or till, contracted from bugian; Dan. huusbonde; Sw. husbonde; Sw. byggia, Dan. bygger, to build; D. bouwen, G. bauen, to build, to till, to plow or cultivate; G. bauer, a builder, a countryman, a clown, a rustic, a boor; D. buur, the last component part of neighbor. Band, bond, in this word, is the participle of buan, byan, that is, buend, occupying, tilling, and husband is the farmer or inhabitant of the house, in Scottish, a farmer; thence the sense of husbandry. It had no relation primarily to marriage; but among the common people, a woman calls her consort, my man, and the man calls his wife, my woman, as in Hebrew, and in this instance, the farmer or occupier of the house, or the builder, was called my farmer; or by some other means, husband came to denote the consort of the female head of the family.]

  1. A man contracted or joined to a woman by marriage. A man to whom a woman is betrothed, as well as one actually united by marriage, is called a husband. Lev. xix. Deut. xxii.
  2. In seamen's language, the owner of a ship who manages its concerns in person. Mar. Dict.
  3. The male of animals of a lower order. Dryden.
  4. An economist; a good manager; a man who knows and practices the methods of frugality and profit. In this sense, the word is modified by an epithet; as, a good husband; a bad husband. [But in America, this application of the word is little or not at all used.] Davies. Collier.
  5. A farmer; a cultivator; a tiller of the ground. [In this sense, it is not used in America. We always use husband-man.] Bacon. Dryden.

HUS'BAND, v.t.

  1. To direct and manage with frugality in expending any thing; to use or employ in the manner best suited to produce the greatest effect; to use with economy. We say, a man husbands his estate, his means, or his time. He is conscious how ill he has husbanded the great deposit of his Creator. Rambler.
  2. To till; to cultivate with good management. Bacon.
  3. To supply with a husband. [Little used.] Shak.

Hus"band
  1. The male head of a household; one who orders the economy of a family.

    [Obs.]
  2. To direct and manage with frugality] to use or employ to good purpose and the best advantage; to spend, apply, or use, with economy.

    For my means, I'll husband them so well,
    They shall go far.
    Shak.

  3. A cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman.

    [Obs.] Shak.

    The painful husband, plowing up his ground. Hakewill.

    He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his domestic and field accommodations. Evelyn.

  4. To cultivate, as land; to till.

    [R.]

    Land so trim and rarely husbanded. Evelyn.

  5. One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a frugal person; an economist.

    [R.]

    God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a good husband, to improve the short remnant left me. Fuller.

  6. To furnish with a husband.

    [R.] Shak.
  7. A married man; a man who has a wife; -- the correlative to wife.

    The husband and wife are one person in law. Blackstone.

  8. The male of a pair of animals.

    [R.] Dryden.

    A ship's husband (Naut.), an agent representing the owners of a ship, who manages its expenses and receipts.

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Husband

HUS'BAND, noun s as z.

1. A man contracted or joined to a woman by marriage. A man to whom a woman is betrothed, as well as one actually united by marriage, is called a husband Leviticus 19:20. Deuteronomy 22:22.

2. In seaman's language, the owner of a ship who manages its concerns in person.

3. The male of animals of a lower order.

4. An economist; a good manager; a man who knows and practices the methods of frugality and profit. In this sense, the word is modified by an epithet; as a good husband; a bad husband [But in America, this application of the word is little or not at all used.]

5. A farmer; a cultivator; a tiller of the ground. [In this sense, it is not used in America. We always use husbandman.]

HUS'BAND, verb transitive To direct and manage with frugality in expending any thing; to use or employ in the manner best suited to produce the greatest effect; to use with economy. We say, a man husbands his estate, his means or his time.

He is conscious how ill he has husbanded the great deposit of his Creator.

1. To till; to cultivate with good management.

2. To supply with a husband [Little used.]

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