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Meaning of HOST

Pronunciation:  howst, howst

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; the host does not benefit and is often harmed by the association
  2. [n]  (computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network
  3. [n]  a technical name for the bread used in the service of Mass or Holy Communion
  4. [n]  a vast multitude
  5. [n]  archaic terms for army
  6. [n]  any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event; "Atlanta was chosen to be host for the Olympic Games"
  7. [n]  the owner or manager of an inn
  8. [n]  a person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there
  9. [n]  (medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor
  10. [n]  a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)
  11. [v]  be the host of or for; "We hosted 4 couples last night"

HOST is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: emcee, horde, innkeeper, legion, master of ceremonies, server
 Antonyms: parasite
 See Also: adult, army, banquet, being, bread, breadstuff, compere, compere, computer, computer network, computing device, computing machine, concourse, data processor, definitive host, Ed Sullivan, Edward Vincent Sullivan, electronic computer, emcee, entertain, entertainer, feast, grownup, hostess, information processing system, intermediate host, junket, Lord of Misrule, multitude, organisation, organism, organization, padrone, patron, question master, quizmaster, receiver, recipient, regular army, ringmaster, Sabaoth, staff of life, Sullivan, throng, toastmaster, victualer, victualler, wine and dine



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Host\ (h[=o]st), n. [LL. hostia sacrifice, victim, from
    hostire to strike.] (R. C. Ch.)
    The consecrated wafer, believed to be the body of Christ,
    which in the Mass is offered as a sacrifice; also, the bread
    before consecration.
    Note: In the Latin Vulgate the word was applied to the Savior
          as being an offering for the sins of men.
  2. \Host\, n. [OE. host, ost, OF. host, ost, fr. L. hostis
    enemy, LL., army. See {Guest}, and cf. {Host} a landlord.]
    1. An army; a number of men gathered for war.
             A host so great as covered all the field. --Dryden.
    2. Any great number or multitude; a throng.
             And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
             the heavenly host praising God.       --Luke ii. 13.
             All at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden
             daffodils.                            --Wordsworth.
  3. \Host\, n. [OE. host, ost, OF. hoste, oste, F. h[^o]te,
    from L. hospes a stranger who is treated as a guest, he who
    treats another as his guest, a hostl prob. fr. hostis
    stranger, enemy (akin to E. guest a visitor) + potis able;
    akin to Skr. pati master, lord. See {Host} an army,
    {Possible}, and cf. {Hospitable}, {Hotel}.]
    One who receives or entertains another, whether gratuitously
    or for compensation; one from whom another receives food,
    lodging, or entertainment; a landlord. --Chaucer. ``Fair host
    and Earl.'' --Tennyson.
          Time is like a fashionable host, That slightly shakes
          his parting guest by the hand.           --Shak.
  4. \Host\, v. t.
    To give entertainment to. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  5. \Host\, v. i.
    To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment. [Obs.] ``Where
    you shall host.'' --Shak.
  6. \Host\, n. (Biol.)
    Any animal or plant affording lodgment or subsistence to a
    parasitic or commensal organism. Thus a tree is a host of an
    air plant growing upon it.
Computing Dictionary

1. A computer connected to a network.

The term node includes devices such as routers and printers which would not normally be called "hosts".

2. A computer to which one connects using a terminal emulator.

Biology Dictionary
  1. An organism that is infected with/is fed upon by a parasitic or pathogenic organism (e.g., a virus, nematode, fungus, etc.)
  2. An organism on which a parasite lives and by which it is nourished (also applied, loosely, to a plant supporting an epiphyte).
Easton Bible Dictionary

an entertainer (Rom. 16:23); a tavern-keeper, the keeper of a caravansary (Luke 10:35).

In warfare, a troop or military force. This consisted at first only of infantry. Solomon afterwards added cavalry (1 Kings 4:26; 10:26). Every male Israelite from twenty to fifty years of age was bound by the law to bear arms when necessary (Num. 1:3; 26:2; 2 Chr. 25:5).

Saul was the first to form a standing army (1 Sam. 13:2; 24:2). This example was followed by David (1 Chr. 27:1), and Solomon (1 Kings 4:26), and by the kings of Israel and Judah (2 Chr. 17:14; 26:11; 2 Kings 11:4, etc.).

 Definition: An organism that contains another organism.
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