[ noun ] an established custom
"it was their habit to dine at 7 every evening"
Used in print(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
Their own easier , slower tempo is especially dear to Southerners ; and I have heard many say that they are content to earn a half or a third as_much_as they could up North because they so much prefer the quieter habits of their home_town .(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)
Oliver , in his summary of the habits of the snakes of the United_States , could supply data on the maturing period for only three species in_addition_to the rattlers , which I shall consider separately .
[ noun ] a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition
"she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair" "long use had hardened him to it"
Used in print(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)
This , plus the habit of many schools of simply adding interior_design to the many subjects of their home_economics department , yet , nevertheless , claiming that they teach interior_design , has contributed to the low repute of many university courses in interior_design .(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)
Argiento had been trained so rigorously by the Jesuits that Michelangelo was unable to change his habits : up before dawn to scrub the floors , whether they were dirty or not ; water boiling on the fire for washing laundry every_day , the pots scoured with river sand after each meal .
[ noun ] (clothing) a distinctive attire (as the costume of a religious order)
Used in print(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)
generous public provision for the infirm ; democratic and secret elections of all officers including priests , meals taken publicly in common refectories ; a common habit or uniform prescribed for all citizens ; even houses changed once a decade ; six hours of manual_labor a day for all but a handful of magistrates and scholars , and careful measures to prevent anyone from shirking ; no private_property , no money ; no sort of pricing at_all for any goods or services , and therefore no market in the economic sense of the term .
[ verb ] (clothing) put a habit on