Pronunciation: (rez'i-duns),[key] —n. 1. the place, esp. the house, in which a person lives or resides; dwelling place; home: Their residence is in New York City. 2. a structure serving as a dwelling or home, esp. one of large proportion and superior quality: They have a summer residence in Connecticut. 3. the act or fact of residing: during his residence in Spain. 4. the act of living or staying in a specified place while performing official duties, carrying on studies or research, awaiting a divorce, etc.
5. the time during which a person resides in a place: a residence there of five years. 6. the location of the main offices or principal center of business activity of a commercial enterprise, esp. a large corporation, as registered under law.
7. Chem.See residence time.