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[hohst] /hoʊst/
noun
1.
a person who receives or entertains guests at home or elsewhere:
the host at a theater party.
2.
a master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program.
3.
a person, place, company, or the like, that provides services, resources, etc., as for a convention or sporting event:
Our city would like to serve as host for the next Winter Olympics.
4.
the landlord of an inn.
5.
a living animal or plant from which a parasite obtains nutrition.
6.
Surgery. the recipient of a graft.
Compare donor (def 2).
verb (used with object)
7.
to be the host at (a dinner, reception, etc.):
He hosted a reception for new members.
8.
to act as host to:
The vice president hosted the foreign dignitaries during their visit.
9.
to act as master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for:
to host a popular talk show.
verb (used without object)
10.
to perform the duties or functions of a host.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (h)oste (noun) < Middle French < Latin hospit- (stem of hospes) host, guest, stranger, perhaps < *hosti-pot(i)s or *hos-pot(i)s, equivalent to hos(ti)- combining form of hostis stranger (see host2) + -pot(i)s, akin to potis having the power to, posse to be able (see potent) (hence, “one granting hospitality, one in charge of guests”); compare, with different initial elements, Greek despótēs master, despot, Lithuanian viẽšpats lord
Related forms
hostless, adjective
hostship, noun

host2

[hohst] /hoʊst/
noun
1.
a multitude or great number of persons or things:
a host of details.
2.
an army.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English (h)oste < Old French < Latin hostis stranger, enemy; akin to guest
Synonyms
1. swarm, crowd, drove, throng, horde, myriad.

Host

[hohst] /hoʊst/
noun, Ecclesiastical
1.
the bread or wafer consecrated in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English hoste < Late Latin hostia Eucharistic wafer (Latin: victim, sacrifice); replacing Middle English oyst < Middle French oiste < Late Latin, as above
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Examples from the web for host
  • With the large proportions came a host of health issues.
  • For years the steep canyon garden played host to weeds.
  • Some affiliated species, including many parasites, are adapted to a single host species.
  • Each year, two countries are pitted against each other for the cup and the right to host the next race.
  • Patient visitors might be able to spot a host of wading birds in this ecoregion's waterways.
  • We don't host the photos, so you'll have to upload it somewhere else and submit a link to it.
  • This place can also be used as a wedding place to host a wedding.
  • This mountainous ecoregion is host to a number of endemic species.
  • The virus cannot grow or reproduce without a host cell.
  • The host and guest will select questions to answer while the chat is in progress.
British Dictionary definitions for host

host1

/həʊst/
noun
1.
a person who receives or entertains guests, esp in his own home
2.
  1. a country or organization which provides facilities for and receives visitors to an event
  2. (as modifier): the host nation
3.
the compere of a show or television programme
4.
(biology)
  1. an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite
  2. an animal, esp an embryo, into which tissue is experimentally grafted
5.
(computing) a computer connected to a network and providing facilities to other computers and their users
6.
the owner or manager of an inn
verb
7.
to be the host of (a party, programme, etc): to host one's own show
8.
(transitive) (US, informal) to leave (a restaurant) without paying the bill
Word Origin
C13: from French hoste, from Latin hospes guest, foreigner, from hostis enemy

host2

/həʊst/
noun
1.
a great number; multitude
2.
an archaic word for army
Word Origin
C13: from Old French hoste, from Latin hostis stranger, enemy

Host

/həʊst/
noun
1.
the bread consecrated in the Eucharist
Word Origin
C14: from Old French oiste, from Latin hostia victim
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Word Origin and History for host
n.

"person who receives guests," late 13c., from Old French hoste "guest, host, hostess, landlord" (12c., Modern French hôte), from Latin hospitem (nominative hospes) "guest, host," literally "lord of strangers," from PIE *ghostis- "stranger" (cf. Old Church Slavonic gosti "guest, friend," gospodi "lord, master;" see guest). The biological sense of "animal or plant having a parasite" is from 1857.

"multitude" mid-13c., from Old French host "army" (10c.), from Medieval Latin hostis "army, war-like expedition," from Latin hostis "enemy, foreigner, stranger," from the same root as host (n.1). Replaced Old English here, and in turn has been largely superseded by army. The generalized meaning of "large number" is first attested 1610s.

"body of Christ, consecrated bread," c.1300, from Latin hostia "sacrifice," also "the animal sacrificed," applied in Church Latin to Christ; probably ultimately related to host (n.1) in its root sense of "stranger, enemy."

v.

"to serve as a host," early 15c., from host (n.1). Related: Hosted; hosting.

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host in Medicine

host (hōst)
n.

  1. The animal or plant on which or in which a parasitic organism lives.

  2. The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.

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host in Science
host
  (hōst)   
    1. The larger of two organisms in a symbiotic relationship.

    2. An organism or cell on or in which a parasite lives or feeds. ◇ A definitive host is an organism in which a parasite reaches sexual maturity. The anopheles mosquito is the definitive host for the malaria plasmodium because, while the mosquito is not adversely affected by the plasmodium's presence, it is the organism in which the plasmodium matures and reproduces. ◇ An intermediate host is an organism in which a parasite develops but does not attain sexual maturity. Humans and certain other vertebrates are the intermediate host of the malaria plasmodium. ◇ A paratenic host is an organism which may be required for the completion of a parasite's life cycle but in which no development of the parasite occurs. The unhatched eggs of nematodes are sometimes carried in a paratenic host such as a bird or rodent. When a predator eats the paratenic host, the eggs are ingested as well.

  1. The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.

  2. A computer containing data or programs that another computer can access by means of a network or modem.


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host in Technology


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.
(1995-02-16)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for host

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host in the Bible

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.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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