§ 48-21.   General
Scope. Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall, for the purposes of this Code, have
the meanings shown in this section. 
Interchangeability. Words stated in the present tense include the future; words stated in the masculine
gender include the feminine and neuter; the singular number includes the plural and the plural, the
Terms defined in other codes. Where terms are not defined in this Code and are defined in the North
Carolina Building Code, North Carolina Fire Prevention Code, Henderson County Land Development
Code, North Carolina Plumbing Code, North Carolina Mechanical Code, North Carolina Existing
Building Code or the North Carolina Electrical Code, such terms shall have the meanings ascribed to
them as in those codes. 
Terms not defined. Where terms are not defined through the methods authorized by this Article, such
terms shall have ordinarily accepted meanings such as the context implies. 
Parts. Whenever the words “dwelling unit,” “dwelling,” “premises,” “building,” “rooming house,”
“rooming unit” “housekeeping unit” or “story” are stated in this Code, they shall be construed as though
they were followed by the words “or any part thereof.”