occupant


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occupant

1. Law a person who has possession of something, esp an estate, house, etc.; tenant
2. Law a person who acquires by occupancy the title to something previously without an owner
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Oars were shipped, and its occupants waited for us to heave to and take them aboard.
Their occupants were eager to join the battle, for they thought that their foes were white men and their native porters.
That one came too close to the ape-man's craft before its occupants realized that their fellows were pitted against demons instead of men.
The very same day the occupants of the apartments on the fifth floor of the house, now become the property of Dantes, were duly informed by the notary who had arranged the necessary transfer of deeds, etc.
Laurence would sometimes sit a whole hour, especially at twilight, gazing at the chair, and, by the spell of his imaginations, summoning up its ancient occupants to appear in it again.
All three were equally new, but numbers one and two were curtained and sedate, with a human, sociable look to them; while number three, with yawning door and unkempt garden, had apparently only just received its furniture and made itself ready for its occupants.
After all these years I am still confident that excavations which I have neither the legal right to undertake nor the wealth to make would disclose the secret of the disappearance of my unhappy friend, and possibly of the former occupants and owners of the deserted and now destroyed house.
It doesn't look--exactly--as if the occupants would be kindred spirits, Anne, does it?
It had rocked a trifle beneath my weight, but it had been the scraping of its side against the side of my own boat that had seemed most likely to alarm its occupants, if there were any.
If its occupants were killed or badly injured the ape-man might search futilely in their immediate vicinity for some time before finding them.
I thought the windows of the sets of chambers into which those houses were divided, were in every stage of dilapidated blind and curtain, crippled flower-pot, cracked glass, dusty decay, and miserable makeshift; while To Let To Let To Let, glared at me from empty rooms, as if no new wretches ever came there, and the vengeance of the soul of Barnard were being slowly appeased by the gradual suicide of the present occupants and their unholy interment under the gravel.
After a long time I ventured back to the peephole, to find that the new-comers had been reinforced by the occupants of no fewer than three of the fighting- machines.