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Meaning of HOSPITAL

Pronunciation:  'hâspitl

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  1. [n]  a health facility where patients receive treatment
  2. [n]  a medical institution where sick or injured people are given medical or surgical care

HOSPITAL is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: infirmary
 See Also: asylum, burn center, clinic, coronary care unit, creche, foundling hospital, health facility, hospital room, hospital ward, ICU, insane asylum, institution, intensive care unit, lazar house, lazaret, lazarette, lazaretto, medical building, medical institution, mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, military hospital, pesthouse, psychiatric hospital, sanatarium, sanatorium, sanitarium, ward



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hos"pi*tal\, n. [OF. hospital, ospital, F. h[^o]pital,
    LL. hospitale (or perh. E. hospital is directly from the Late
    Latin), from L. hospitalis relating to a guest, hospitalia
    apartments for guests, fr. hospes guest. See {Host} a
    landlord, and cf. {Hostel}, {Hotel}, {Spital}.]
    1. A place for shelter or entertainment; an inn. [Obs.]
    2. A building in which the sick, injured, or infirm are
       received and treated; a public or private institution
       founded for reception and cure, or for the refuge, of
       persons diseased in body or mind, or disabled, infirm, or
       dependent, and in which they are treated either at their
       own expense, or more often by charity in whole or in part;
       a tent, building, or other place where the sick or wounded
       of an army cared for.
    {Hospital ship}, a vessel fitted up for a floating hospital.
    {Hospital Sunday}, a Sunday set apart for simultaneous
       contribution in churches to hospitals; as, the London
       Hospital Sunday.
  2. \Hos"pi*tal\, a. [L. hospitalis: cf. OF. hospital.]
    Hospitable. [Obs.] --Howell.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a hospital in your dream, symbolizes your need to heal or improve your physical or mental heath. You need to get back to the flow of everyday life.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: asylum, base hospital, clinic, community hospital, convalescent home, convalescent hospital, dispensary, evacuation hospital, field hospital, general hospital, home, infirmary, inpatient clinic, maison de sante, mental hospital, nursing home, osteopathic hospital, outpatient clinic, policlinic, polyclinic, private hospital, proprietary hospital, public hospital, rest home, sanatorium, sanitarium, sick bay, sickbed, sickroom, special hospital, station hospital, surgical hospital, teaching hospital, VA hospital, veterans hospital, voluntary hospital, ward, well-baby clinic