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A house in its most general sense is a human erected structure, consisting of enclosing walls and having a roof. It provides shelter against precipitation, wind, heat, cold[?] and intruding humans and animals. People may be away from home most of the day for work and recreation, but typically are home at least for sleeping. An exception are lovers with a home each, they may sleep at their own home only half of the nights. Also some jobs require sleeping away from home the majority of nights.

A house generally has at least one entrance, usually in the form of a door or a portal[?], and may have any number of windows or not at all.

An alternative is living in an apartment[?] in a larger building.

Houses have been used as living quarters for humans since prehistoric times, soon after they left caves, and construction materials, styles and methods of construction have varied wildly over time.

Early European houses were mere single roomed shacks without windows in which entire families and their cattle lived, keeping the house and each other relatively warm during winter.

Among the first examples (according to the estimated age of archaeological retrievals), notable are the palafittes[?].

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Simpler forms of shelter include a tent, camper, a roof without walls, or a structure with roof and partial walls, such as often at a bus stop.

In history, a House is a dynasty, a familiar descendance, often in the sense of Royal House.

In music, House refers to

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