facilities are excepted from the State Use Law.
Under Delaware law, words and phrases shall be construed according to their common and approved usage. 1 Del. C. § 303; Coastal Barge Corp. v. Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board, Del. Supr., 492 A.2d 1242, 1245 (1985). To ascertain the common and approved meaning of statutory words, courts routinely use a dictionary. Spano v. DNREC, Del. Supr., No. 441, 1992, Veasey, C.J. (July 30, 1993) (en banc); Moore v. Wilmington Housing Authority, Del Supr., No. 69, Veasey, C.J. (February 8, 1993) (en banc). Our Supreme Court has also endorsed the use of Black's Law Dictionary to glean the ordinary, common meaning of words to be construed. Giammalvo v. Sunshine Mining, Del. Supr., No. 120, 1994, Holland, J. (July 14, 1994). Applying these principles to the words at issue compels the conclusion that correctional facilities are "buildings at residential institutions." The term "residence" denotes the place where one lives. Webster's Dictionary defines residence as "the place where one actually lives...a building used as a home." Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 984 (1976). Black's Law Dictionary defines residence as requiring only bodily presence as an inhabitant of a place. Black's Law Dictionary, 1308 (6th Ed. 1990). Finally, a "residential building" is a building used for residential purposes. 37 Words and Phrases, Residential Building (1950). On their face, these definitions include correctional or prison facilities, which are buildings where inmates actually live. These residential facilities are excluded from the reach of the State Use Law.
We understand that the Division for the Visually Impaired, which operates programs pursuant to the State Use Law, believes that the General Assembly did not