without a house or houses.

1350–1400; Middle English housles. See house, -less

houselessness, noun Unabridged
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n , pl houses
1.  a.  a building used as a home; dwelling
 b.  (as modifier): house dog
2.  the people present in a house, esp its usual occupants
3.  a.  a building used for some specific purpose
 b.  (in combination): a schoolhouse
4.  (often capital) a family line including ancestors and relatives, esp a noble one: the House of York
5.  a.  a commercial company; firm: a publishing house
 b.  (as modifier): house style; a house journal
6.  an official deliberative or legislative body, such as one chamber of a bicameral legislature
7.  a quorum in such a body (esp in the phrase make a house)
8.  a dwelling for a religious community
9.  astrology See also planet any of the 12 divisions of the zodiac
10.  a.  any of several divisions, esp residential, of a large school
 b.  (as modifier): house spirit
11.  a.  a hotel, restaurant, bar, inn, club, etc, or the management of such an establishment
 b.  (as modifier): house rules
 c.  (in combination): steakhouse
12.  (modifier) (of wine) sold unnamed by a restaurant, at a lower price than wines specified on the wine list: the house red
13.  the audience in a theatre or cinema
14.  an informal word for brothel
15.  a hall in which an official deliberative or legislative body meets
16.  See full house
17.  curling the 12-foot target circle around the tee
18.  nautical any structure or shelter on the weather deck of a vessel
19.  theatre bring the house down to win great applause
20.  house and home an emphatic form of home
21.  keep open house to be always ready to provide hospitality
22.  informal like a house on fire very well, quickly, or intensely
23.  on the house (usually of drinks) paid for by the management of the hotel, bar, etc
24.  put one's house in order to settle or organize one's affairs
25.  (Brit) safe as houses very secure
26.  (tr) to provide with or serve as accommodation
27.  to give or receive shelter or lodging
28.  (tr) to contain or cover, esp in order to protect
29.  (tr) to fit (a piece of wood) into a mortise, joint, etc
30.  (tr) nautical
 a.  to secure or stow
 b.  to secure (a topmast)
 c.  to secure and stow (an anchor)
[Old English hūs; related to Old High German hūs, Gothic gudhūs temple, Old Norse hūs house]

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Here in the houseless wild, to direct the traveller's journey.
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