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NOUN (1)

1. a married man; a woman's partner in marriage;
[syn: husband, hubby, married man]


VERB (1)

1. use cautiously and frugally;
- Example: "I try to economize my spare time"
- Example: "conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit"
[syn: conserve, husband, economize, economise]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Husband \Hus"band\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Husbanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Husbanding.] 1. To direct and manage with frugality; to use or employ to good purpose and the best advantage; to spend, apply, or use, with economy. [1913 Webster] For my means, I'll husband them so well, They shall go far. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To cultivate, as land; to till. [R.] [1913 Webster] Land so trim and rarely husbanded. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] 3. To furnish with a husband. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Husband \Hus"band\, n. [OE. hosebonde, husbonde, a husband, the master of the house or family, AS. h?sbonda master of the house; h?s house + bunda, bonda, householder, husband; prob. fr. Icel. h?sb[=o]ndi house master, husband; h?s house + b?andi dwelling, inhabiting, p. pr. of b?a to dwell; akin to AS. b?an, Goth. bauan. See House Be, and cf. Bond a slave, Boor.] 1. The male head of a household; one who orders the economy of a family. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] The painful husband, plowing up his ground. --Hakewill. [1913 Webster] He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his domestic and field accommodations. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] 3. One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a frugal person; an economist. [R.] [1913 Webster] God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a good husband, to improve the short remnant left me. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 4. A married man; a man who has a wife; -- the correlative to wife. [1913 Webster] The husband and wife are one person in law. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 5. The male of a pair of animals. [R.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster] A ship's husband (Naut.), an agent representing the owners of a ship, who manages its expenses and receipts. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

husband n 1: a married man; a woman's partner in marriage [syn: husband, hubby, married man] [ant: married woman, wife] v 1: use cautiously and frugally; "I try to economize my spare time"; "conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit" [syn: conserve, husband, economize, economise] [ant: blow, squander, waste]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

76 Moby Thesaurus words for "husband": benedict, boss, bridegroom, budget, bwana, chef, chief, church dignitary, conserve, consort, ecclesiarch, economize, elder, employer, enforce economies, goodman, groom, guru, helpmate, helpmeet, hoard, hold back, hubby, keep, keep back, keep by one, keep in reserve, keep in store, keep on hand, keep within compass, lay by, liege, liege lord, lord, lord paramount, make ends meet, man, manage, married man, master, mate, mister, old man, other half, overlord, padrone, paramount, partner, paterfamilias, patriarch, patron, preserve, put apart, put aside, put by, put something aside, rabbi, reserve, retain, sahib, save, save up, scrape, scrape and save, scrimp, seigneur, seignior, set apart, set aside, set by, skimp, spouse, starets, store, teacher, withhold
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Husband i.e., the "house-band," connecting and keeping together the whole family. A man when betrothed was esteemed from that time a husband (Matt. 1:16, 20; Luke 2:5). A recently married man was exempt from going to war for "one year" (Deut. 20:7; 24:5).
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

HUSBAND, domestic relations. A man who has a wife. 2. The husband, as such, is liable to certain obligations, and entitled to certain rights, which will be here briefly considered. 3. First, of his obligations. He is bound to receive his wife at his home, and should furnish her with all the necessaries and conveniences which his fortune enables him to do, and which her situation requires; but this does not include such luxuries as, according to her fancy, she deems necessaries; vide article Cruelty, where this matter is considered. He is bound to love his wife, and to bear with her faults, and, if possible, by mild means to correct them and he is required to fulfill towards her his marital promise of fidelity, and can, therefore, have no carnal connexion with any other woman, without a violation of his obligations. As he is bound to govern his house properly, he is liable for its misgovernment, and he may be punished for keeping a disorderly house, even where his wife had the principal agency, and he is liable for her torts, as for her slander or trespass. He is also liable for the wife's debts, incurred before coverture, provided they are recovered from him during their joint lives; and generally for such as are contracted by her after coverture, for necessaries, or by his authority, express or implied. See 5 Whart. 395; 5 Binn. 235; 1 Mod. 138; 5 Taunt. 356; 7 T. R. 166; 3 Camp. 27; 3 B. & Cr. 631; 5 W. & S. 164. 4. Secondly, of his rights. Being the head of the family, the husband has a right to establish himself wherever he may please, and in this he cannot be controlled by his wife; he may manage his affairs his own way; buy and sell all kinds of personal property, without any control, and he may buy any real estate he may deem proper, but, as the wife acquires a right in the latter, he cannot sell it, discharged of her dower, except by her consent, expressed in the manner prescribed by the laws of the state where such lands lie. At common law, all her personal property, in possession, is vested in him, and he may dispose of it as if he had acquired it by his own contract this arises from the principle that they are considered one person in law; 2 Bl. Com. 433 and he is entitled to all her property in action, provided he reduces it to possession during her life. Id. 484. He is also entitled to her chattels real, but these vest in him not absolutely, but sub modo; as, in the case of a lease for years, the husband is entitled to receive the rents and profits of it, and may, if he pleases, sell, surrender, or dispose of it during the coverture, and it is liable to be taken in execution for his debts and, if he survives her, it is, to all intents and purposes, his own. In case his wife survives him, it is considered as if it had never been transferred from her, and it belongs to her alone. In his wife's freehold estate, he has a life estate, during the joint lives of himself and wife; and, at common law, when he has a child by her who could inherit, he has an estate by the curtesy. But the rights of a husband over the wife's property, are very much abridged in some of the United States, by statutes. See Act of Pennsylvania, passed April 11, 1848. 5. The laws of Louisiana differ essentially from those of the other states, as to the rights and duties of husband and wife, particularly as it regards their property. Those readers, desirous of knowing, the legislative regulations on this subject, in that state, are referred to the Civil Code of Louis. B. 1, tit. 4; B. 3, tit. 6. Vide, generally, articles Divorce; Marriage; Wife; and Bac. Ab. Baron and Feme; Rop. H. & W.; Prater on H. & W.; Clancy on the Rights, Duties and Liabilities of Husband and Wife Canning on the Interest of Husband and Wife, &c.; 1 Phil. Ev. 63; Woodf. L. & T. 75; 2 Kent, Com. 109; 1 Salk. 113 to 119; Yelv. 106a, 156a, 166a; Vern. by Raithby, 7, 17, 48, 261; Chit. Pr. Index, h.t. Poth. du Contr. de Mar. n. 379; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

HUSBAND, mar. law. The name of an agent who is authorized to make the necessary repairs to a ship, and to act in relation to the ship, generally, for the owner. He is usually called ship's husband. Vide Ship's Husband.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

HUSBAND, n. One who, having dined, is charged with the care of the plate.