• WordNet 3.6
    • v host be the host of or for "We hosted 4 couples last night"
    • n host an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association
    • n host (computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network
    • n Host a technical name for the bread used in the service of Mass or Holy Communion
    • n host a vast multitude
    • n host archaic terms for army
    • n host any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event "Atlanta was chosen to be host for the Olympic Games"
    • n host the owner or manager of an inn
    • n host 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
    • n host (medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor
    • n host a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Watermelons are a popular gift to bring to a host in China or Japan
    • Host An army; a number of men gathered for war. "A host so great as covered all the field."
    • Host (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.
    • Host Any great number or multitude; a throng. "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God.""All at once I saw a crowd,
      A host , of golden daffodils."
    • Host One who receives or entertains another, whether gratuitously or for compensation; one from whom another receives food, lodging, or entertainment; a landlord. "Fair host and Earl.""Time is like a fashionable host ,
      That slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand."
    • n Host hōst (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.☞ In the Latin Vulgate the word was applied to the Savior as being an offering for the sins of men.
    • v. t Host To give entertainment to.
    • v. i Host To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment. "Where you shall host ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first female guest host of Saturday Night Live was actress Candace Bergen
    • n host An army; a multitude of men organized for war.
    • n host Any great number or multitude.
    • host To assemble or move as an army.
    • n host One who receives and entertains another in his own house, whether gratuitously or for pay; an entertainer; specifically, the landlord of a public house or inn: the correlative of guest.
    • n host An animal or a plant in relation to a parasite habitually dwelling in or upon it. The correlative term, in either case, is guest. See commensal, guest, inquiline, parasite, hyperparasite. In botany the term is used chiefly with reference to parasitic fungi, such as Uredineœ, Ustilagineœ, Erysipheœ, etc. Some species of fungi are confined to a single host, some are found on a number of related plants, while others pass through the different stages of their development on very unlike hosts, as, for example, the heterœcious rusts. The term is also applied to the plants upon which the dodder (Cuscuta), the mistletoe (Viscum, Phoradendron), and others are parasitic.
    • n host In zoölogy the term is a very general and comprehensive one, since almost all animals are infested, or liable to infestation, by parasites of some kind; and some parasites are themselves hosts of others.
    • n host In mineralogy, a mineral which incloses another.
    • n host One who is entertained by another as his guest; a guest.
    • n host An inn; a lodging.
    • host To lodge, as at an inn; receive entertainment; be a guest.
    • host To give entertainment to; receive as a guest.
    • n host An offering; a sacrifice.
    • n host In the Western Ch.: The sacramental victim in the eucharist; Christ offered under the species of bread and wine, or under either species separately. According to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, not only is Christ as both God and Man in the sacrament of the eucharist and in every part of it, but the substances of bread and wine cease to exist after consecration. The outward acts of adoration are therefore not directed to bread and wine, but only to Christ; and the sacrament is accordingly to be worshiped with latria, the worship due to God only.
    • n host One of the pieces of bread used for consecration in the mass or eucharist; au altar-bread, oblate, or wafer. It is unleavened, small, thin, flat, circular, and generally stamped with a cross, IHS., the figure of the crucified Christ, or the Agnus Dei. The word is used both of the unconsecrated bread and of the sacrament under the form of bread. See altar-bread, oblate.
    • host To administer the sacrament to.
    • n host Same as hoast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canada is the only country not to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympic games while hosting the event
    • n Host hōst one who entertains a stranger or guest at his house without reward: an innkeeper: an organism on which another lives as a parasite
    • n Host hōst an army, a large multitude
    • n Host hōst in the R.C. Church, the consecrated bread of the Eucharist—a thin circular wafer of unleavened bread.
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  • Kahlil Gibran
    “The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.”
  • Marina Tsvetaeva
    Marina Tsvetaeva
    “A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
    “One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.”
  • Homer
    “A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly.”
  • Titus Maccius Plautus
    “No one can be so welcome a guest that he will not annoy his host after three days.”
  • Albanian Proverb
    Albanian Proverb
    “Every guest hates the others, and the host hates them all.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. host, ost, OF. hoste, oste, F. hôte, 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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. hostia, a victim.


In literature:

So he set upon the hosts of the six kings, and he and his men did marvellous deeds of arms.
"Stories of King Arthur and His Knights" by U. Waldo Cutler
His host watched the operation with interest.
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Then he saw on the land a vast host of men & both hosts were making them ready for battle, and for each were many banners held on high.
"The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade)" by Snorri Sturluson
But voices at the door, a shout, a pounding of horses' hoofs, recalled Nicodemus to his duties as host.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
In the morning, when either host saw the other, the northern host was well comforted, for they thought King Arthur's force was but small.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
Upon the signal, the host gives his arm to the guest of honor, and they lead the way, the lady being seated at the right of her host.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
He who had been vanquished by Michael and his hosts and cast down as a defeated rebel, asked the embodied Jehovah to worship him.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
While waiting for the meal to be ready, I went outside the tent with my host.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Guest: applied to those insects that live in nests or dwelling places of other species, not necessarily at the expense of the host.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
His host now placed the final insult upon him.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall

In poetry:

"O see ye nat, my merry men a'?
O see ye nat what I see?
Methinks I see a host of men:
I marvel wha they be!"
"Edom O'Gordon" by Henry Morley
"Oh, see ye not, my merry men all,
Oh, see ye not what I see?
Methinks I see a host of men;
I marvel who they be."
"Edom O' Gordon" by Andrew Lang
Soft music thrilled the quiet room,--
An unseen host were nigh,
Who left the infant pilgrim at
The threshold of our sky.
"A Dream That Was Not All A Dream" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
"So when the Night puts on her robes
Of sad and sable hue,
A host he sends, of shameful strength,
To oust that noble few.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Afar, in twinkling distance lost,
(So legends tell) he lonely wends
And back through all that shining host
His mandate sends.
"The Night March" by Herman Melville
What though the hosts of death and hell
All armed against me stood,
Terrors no more shall shake my soul;
My refuge is my God.
"Psalm 3" by Isaac Watts

In news:

' Utter rubbish,' says host's rep. Ricky Gervais, host of the 68th Annual Golden Globes, has denied he is banned… (Hernandez/Everett Collection ).
Best known for hosting seasons two through eight of Dancing with the Stars, you can now see her as a host on the No.
Hosted by General Assignment Reporter and Host of "Ñ BEAT," Theresa Gutierrez and co-hosted by David Zayas, the parade aired Sunday, June 17, from 1pm-2pm.
AARP Oklahoma is hosting a free screening of a documentary and conversation on social programs all beginning at 6 pm Dec 10 at the OSU-Tulsa Conference Center, 700 N Greenwood Ave. AARP to host film, discussion on Medicare, Social Security.
Vince Mastracco "Golf Talk" creator and host Vince Mastracco, right, is joined by Brett Taylor, one of the program's co-hosts, at Pebble Beach.
Ten years after playing host to the 1996 Olympics, Atlanta, Georgia is once again hosting a world-class attraction, and this one is a permanent feature of the city's skyline.
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Bobby Likis is the only car-talk host on commercial radio named to the "Talkers 250," the list of the top 250 talk-show hosts in America.
Twin Cities to Host 2013, 2014 US Marathon Championships Minnesota marathon has frequently hosted title races.
Bobby Likis is the only car-talk host on commercial radio named to the "Talkers 250," the list of the top 250 talk-show hosts in America.
Chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the new version of his best-selling memoir, "Kitchen Confidential , Insider's Edition.".
Texas Instruments TUSB7320/7340 USB 3.0 Host Controllers provide SuperSpeed connections for 4 downstream ports and interface to a host system via a PCIe x1 Gen2.
Comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped to host next year's White House Correspondent 's Dinner.
EATONTON — Crooked Pines Farm will host its third annual Christmas celebration Saturday featuring a host of family activities.
South Dakota will host the Aggies on Aug 31 to open its season UC Davis will then play host to the Coyotes on Sept 12, 2015.

In science:

We observe that some parts of the amplitudes are expressible in terms of the inner products of polarizations, momenta and the symplectic tensor with respect to the open string metric, while there are a host of other parts which do not permit such generic description by the inner product.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
DCXSs at more than a few core radii from the center of their host cluster (see Johnston, Verbunt, & Hasinger 1996), where the density of an otherwise smooth background of gas should be markedly reduced below its central value (Vandenberg & Faulkner 1977).
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters
It is thus likely that the host galaxies of both QSOs simply have molecular disks that are being observed nearly face-on.
Molecular Gas in Infrared-Excess, Optically-Selected QSOs and the Connection with Infrared Luminous Galaxies
The new sources include two optically bright (R = 18.3–18.8), low-redshift (z < 0.15) galaxies, a FanaroffRiley I radio galaxy, and an edge-on spiral hosting either a powerful starburst and/or a low-luminosity active galactic nucleus (AGN).
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
The host galaxy is a large elliptical and is a Very Red Ob ject (VRO) with R − Ks = 5.10 (Hogg et al. 2000).
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N