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room Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
    • the rooms were very small but they had a nice view
  2. noun space for movement
    elbow room; way.
    • room to pass
    • make way for
    • hardly enough elbow room to turn around
  3. noun opportunity for
    • room for improvement
  4. noun the people who are present in a room
    • the whole room was cheering
  5. verb live and take one's meals at or in
    • she rooms in an old boarding house

Room noun
OE. roum, rum, space, AS. r&umac;m; akin to OS., OFries. & Icel. r&umac;m, D. ruim, G. raum, OHG. r&umac;m, Sw. & Dan. rum, Goth. r&umac;ms, and to AS. r&umac;m, adj., spacious, D. ruim, Icel. r&umac;mr, Goth. r&umac;ms; and prob. to L. rus country (cf. Rural), Zend rava&ndot;h wide, free, open, ravan a plain.
  1. Unobstructed spase; space which may be occupied by or devoted to any object; compass; extent of place, great or small; as, there is not room for a house; the table takes up too much room.
    Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. Luke xiv. 22.
    There was no room for them in the inn. Luke ii. 7.
  2. A particular portion of space appropriated for occupancy; a place to sit, stand, or lie; a seat.
    If he have but twelve pence in his purse, he will give it for the best room in a playhouse. Overbury.
    When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room. Luke xiv. 8.
  3. Especially, space in a building or ship inclosed or set apart by a partition; an apartment or chamber.
    I found the prince in the next room. Shak.
  4. Place or position in society; office; rank; post; station; also, a place or station once belonging to, or occupied by, another, and vacated. Obs.
    When he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod. Matt. ii. 22.
    Neither that I look for a higher room in heaven. Tyndale.
    Let Bianca take her sister's room. Shak.
  5. Possibility of admission; ability to admit; opportunity to act; fit occasion; as, to leave room for hope.
    There was no prince in the empire who had room for such an alliance. Addison.
    Make room, and let him stand before our face. Shak.
    Syn. -- Space; compass; scope; latitude.
Room intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Roomed ; present participle & verbal noun Rooming
  1. To occupy a room or rooms; to lodge; as, they arranged to room together.
Room adjective
AS. r&umac;m.
  1. Spacious; roomy. Obs.
    No roomer harbour in the place. Chaucer.

Webster 1913