American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

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Author: Noah Webster

Husband

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. Deu 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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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Husband," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed April 26, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAPAGP1JZZ1MYEX.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Husband." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 26 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAPAGP1JZZ1MYEX.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Husband' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 26 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAPAGP1JZZ1MYEX.