Buildings or other shelters in which people live: a shortage of housing in the city. A place to live; a dwelling: She came to college early to look for housing. Provision of lodging or shelter: the housing of refugees; a contract that includes housing. Something that covers, protects, or supports, especially: A frame, bracket, or box for holding or protecting a mechanical part: a wheel housing. An enclosing frame in which a shaft revolves. A hole, groove, or slot in a piece of wood into which another piece is inserted. A niche for a statue. Nautical The part of a mast that is below deck. Nautical The part of a bowsprit that is inside the hull. An ornamental or protective covering for a saddle. Trappings for a horse. Often used in the plural.