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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Custom-house the place where customs or duties on exports and imports are collected
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. custume, costume—L. consuetud-inem, consuescĕre, to accustom.


In literature:

Then is also in Lynn a Custom House not very English, but very beautiful.
"Hills and the Sea" by H. Belloc
I am still unemployed, but expect to have a place in the Custom House from the first of next month.
"Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Father and His Youngest Sister, 1857-78" by Ulysses S. Grant
By MR. MATTHEW GREEN, of the Custom-House.
"Notes & Queries, No. 53. Saturday, November 2, 1850" by Various
From the Custom House returns it is impossible to form any calculation as to the value of the precious stones exported from the island.
"Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)" by James Emerson Tennent
I expected to see the doors thrown open as before, and hear again the polite invitation to enter the custom-house.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, No. 23, February, 1873, Vol. XI. No. 23." by Various
Their houses are being rapidly built of stone, according to the Spanish custom.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, V7, 1588-1591" by Emma Helen Blair
It was occupied as the custom-house just before the Revolution.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume II. No. 2, November, 1884" by Various
On the other side of the Customs house!
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
There would be no custom-house delays.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Think of walking through a custom house with my portable property!
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
Given the custom of sitting on the feet, and a large part of the furniture of the house will be useless.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
The Custom-House found ample accommodation within an ordinary dwelling-house.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
French custom-house officers were placed at the mouths of the rivers and at every port.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
He had ascertained that the Custom-House tug did not start for two hours after the ship was sighted.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
The instrument is mounted on a large table; one of the Custom House officers takes the fluoroscope and stands at the end of the table.
"The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 39, August 5, 1897" by Various
Thirty or forty thousand custom-house officers will do the business.
"Essays on Political Economy" by Frederic Bastiat
Such was the amount entered at the custom-house.
"What Is Free Trade?" by Frédérick Bastiat
Rotting in the stores of this same custom-house are two grand pianos and an electric omnibus.
"Morocco" by S.L. Bensusan
Governor Kellogg took refuge in the custom-house.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Cebu is a port of entry open to foreign trade, with a Custom-house established since the year 1863.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman

In poetry:

Caleb went, as was his custom,
On a quiet Sunday morn,
To the house of prayer and worship,
Thither by devotion borne.
"Caleb's Vision" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
They go of an island to take special charge,
Much warmer than Britain, and ten times as large,
No custom-house duty, no freightage to pay
And tax free they live when at Botany Bay.
"Botany Bay 1786" by Anonymous Oceania
And every morning passed her house that cream of gentlemen,
She knew she might expect him at a quarter unto ten;
A sorter in the Custom-house, it was his daily road
(The Custom-house was fifteen minutes' walk from her abode).
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

A large banner filled with thank you messages from customers is displayed at Paddy's Coffee House in Union City, Calif, on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012.
For those customers who are unable to attend an open house, comments will be accepted online at
MAGAZINE CUSTOMER SERVICE For questions regarding your Electronic House magazine subscription visit customer service.
Angus Glen is Kylemore's flagship development, where the company has designed, built and sold almost 1,000 residences including executive townhomes, detached family houses and custom luxury homes surrounding two championship golf courses .
Virginia's attorney general went after White House party crasher Tareq Salahi for a second time on Monday, this time claiming Salahi cheated customers who purchased wine tours from his companies in northern Virginia.
On Monday, the White House hosted the annual Easter Egg Roll—a custom dating back to administration of Rutherford B Hayes—where children participate in the traditional egg-rolling race and activities on the South Lawn.
Members of musician Kid Rock's entouragetestified that another Waffle House customer provoked them into afight at the suburban Atlanta restaurant.
Desi Todd, a client service coordinator at Studio One Salon & Spa, helps a customer during the salon's holiday open house.
A custom home theater and multiroom audio help a homeowner put his own touch on a new house.
Redmond, 425-883-7511,, where expats stuff their stockings with gifts from jolly old England and we can all stuff our faces with house-made mince tarts prepared, as is custom, with suet, raisins and spices.
The deal allows Google to advertise its services on the publishers' media, while the publishing houses would use Google 's advertising services to attract customers, Geerts wrote.
Gil Ortale talks with customers at the Head House Square Farmers Market TOM GRALISH.
Banks sweeten deals to lure customers as competition, house market heat up .
This custom-made, multi-level, Versailles-inspired house sounds like a dream home -- for hens, that is.
The addition of Protek Group enables Thwing-Albert to manufacture custom parts in-house, thereby increasing productivity and turnaround.

In science:

The PMT signals are digitized using custom-built VME boards housing Flash ADCs with 2 ns sampling and a memory depth of 32µs .
Status and Performance of the First VERITAS telescope
An SOC design service provider takes as its inputs from the system house a specification or partially-designed prototype and delivers to its customer GDSII ready for manufacturing. Close collaboration is needed among all parties in order to successfully bring a competitive product to the market in time.
Integration, Verification and Layout of a Complex Multimedia SOC
The SimpleNode class is a customized version of the a class generated by any JavaCC-generated parsers with ASTs. 2 the Dictionary class is developed in-house of the GIPSY project and is in use by the GIPC and GEE components and their subcomponents.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
For illustration, consider an additional RDT of customers over relation scheme containing two attributes: name (customer name) and budget (price the customer is willing to pay for a house).
Sensitivity Analysis for Declarative Relational Query Languages with Ordinal Ranks
The RDT thus represents an answer to query “show deals for houses sold for (approximately) $200,000 with (approximately) 1200 square feet and customers so that their budget is similar to the house price”.
Sensitivity Analysis for Declarative Relational Query Languages with Ordinal Ranks