(redirected from United Nations Human Settlements Program)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial.
Related to United Nations Human Settlements Program: UNHSP, UNCHS


the environment in which an animal or plant normally lives or grows
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


The sum of the environmental conditions that determine the existence of a community in a specific place where humans, animals, plants, and microorganisms live and its surroundings, both living and nonliving.
Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture Copyright © 2012, 2002, 1998 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



an area of land or water occupied by an organism, a group of a single species, a biocenosis, or a synousia and possessing all conditions required for its existence (climate, topography, soil, food).

The habitat of a species is defined as the total area within the species’ range of distribution that satisfies the species’ ecological requirements. The habitat of a population is the part of the species’ habitat that will guarantee the existence of a population. The habitat of an individual is the actual area occupied by a given individual in all phases of its development. There are also animal habitats of family, herd, flock, or colony. There are plant habitats of groves, beds, and other communities. In terms of the use of a habitat, organisms are classified as stenotopic, occupying similar habitats only, and eurytopic, capable of occupying a variety of habitats within the given range of distribution.

The habitats of many species vary with the stage of development in the organism’s life cycle. For example, the larvae of amphibians usually live in water, and the adults on land. Many parasites have a dormant phase outside the given host and an active phase within the host (often limited even to certain organs). The various developmental phases of many parasitic plants are associated with different plant hosts. The part of the habitat that a species occupies for a limited time only (a season, a part of a day) or for a particular purpose (feeding, reproduction) is called a station. The habitat of a biocenosis is called a biotope.


Naumov, N. P. Ekologiia zhivotnykh, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1963.
Osnovy lesnoi biogeotsenologii. Edited by V. N. Sukachev and N. V. Dylis. Moscow, 1964.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


The part of the physical environment in which a plant or animal lives.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


(networking, graphics)
The original term for on-line graphical virtual communities or worlds. Created at Lucasfilm in 1985 by Randy Farmer and Chip Morningstar.

This article is provided by FOLDOC - Free Online Dictionary of Computing (foldoc.org)
References in periodicals archive ?
BAGHDAD / National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) -- UNICEF and the United Nations Human Settlements Program have called for the urgent reconstruction of basic infrastructure and services for children and families.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the United Nations Human Settlements Program, or UN Habitat, last week inked an agreement with the local governments of the two provinces in Roxas City, Capiz, for the project Post Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements.
The two-day meeting started at the headquarters of the Arab League on Wednesday chaired by Saudi Acting Minister of Housing Isam bin Saad bin Saeed, who said the strategy was prepared by Arab experts in collaboration with the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat).
A report issued by the United Nations Human Settlements Program says.

Encyclopedia browser ?
Full browser ?