Meaning of housing start

hous'ing start"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an instance of beginning the construction of a dwelling.
  2. the nationwide number of such instances per period used esp. in the U.S. as an indication of economic growth or decline: Housing starts were up 600,000 in April.
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