host


1host

noun \ˈhōst\

Definition of HOST

1
:  army
2
:  a great number :  multitude

Origin of HOST

Middle English, from Anglo-French ost, from Late Latin hostis, from Latin, stranger, enemy — more at guest
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with HOST

2host

verb

Definition of HOST

intransitive verb
:  to assemble in a host usually for a hostile purpose

First Known Use of HOST

15th century

3host

noun

Definition of HOST

1
a :  one that receives or entertains guests socially, commercially, or officially
b :  one that provides facilities for an event or function <our college served as host for the basketball tournament>
2
a :  a living animal or plant on or in which a parasite lives
b :  the larger, stronger, or dominant member of a commensal or symbiotic pair
c :  an individual into which a tissue, part, or embryo is transplanted from another
3
:  a mineral or rock that is older than the minerals or rocks in it; also :  a substance that contains a usually small amount of another substance incorporated in its structure
4
:  a radio or television emcee
5
:  a computer that controls communications in a network or that administers a database; also :  server 6

Origin of HOST

Middle English hoste host, guest, from Anglo-French, from Latin hospit-, hospes, probably from hostis
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mineralogy Terms

agate, inclusion, matrix, streak

4host

verb

Definition of HOST

transitive verb
1
:  to serve as host to, at, or for <host friends> <host a dinner>
2
:  emcee <hosted a series of TV programs>

First Known Use of HOST

15th century

Other Broadcasting Terms

continuity, dissolve, fade, feed, remote, residual, spike, wipe

5host

noun, often capitalized

Definition of HOST

:  the eucharistic bread

Origin of HOST

Middle English hoste, oste, from Anglo-French oste, oiste, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin hostia Eucharist, from Latin, sacrifice
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

host

noun \ˈhōst\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HOST

1
: a living animal or plant on or in which a parasite lives—see definitive host, intermediate host
2
: the larger, stronger, or dominant one of a commensal or symbiotic pair
3
a : an individual into which a tissue or part is transplanted from another b : an individual in whom an abnormal growth (as a cancer) is proliferating

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