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host 1

1. One who receives or entertains guests in a social or official capacity.
2. A person who manages an inn or hotel.
3. One that furnishes facilities and resources for a function or event: the city chosen as host for the Olympic Games.
4. The emcee or interviewer on a radio or television program.
5. Biology
a. An organism on which or in which another organism lives.
b. A cell that has been infected by a virus or other infective agent.
6. Medicine The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.
7. Computers
a. A computer or other device providing data or services that a remote computer can access by means of a network or modem.
b. A computer that is connected to a TCP/IP network such as the internet.
tr.v. host·ed, host·ing, hosts
1. To serve as host to or at: "the garden party he had hosted last spring" (Saturday Review).
2. To provide software that offers data or services, hardware, or both over a computer network.

[Middle English, host, guest, from Old French, from Latin hospes, hospit-; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots.]

host′ly adj.

host 2

1. An army.
2. A great number; a multitude. See Synonyms at multitude.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin hostis, from Latin, enemy; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots.]

host 3

also Host  (hōst)
n. Ecclesiastical
The consecrated bread or wafer of the Eucharist.

[Middle English, from Latin hostia, sacrifice.]


befitting a host; host-like
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So: Pay this problem away and put some time and effort into nurturing this friendship (if you still value it) and into cultivating others; and try not to be a houseguest anywhere past a second night, at least not when your hosts are in the den and can't escape from you behind their own closed doors; and always, always, from now on, hostly adamance be damned, bring your own inflatable bed.
Polanski breaks up the great soliloquy, "If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly," into fragments as the protagonist moves from a public space to more private ones within the castle; but the speech begins strikingly as Macbeth sits at table in the place of honor directly next to the king whose assassination he weighs and contemplates, abstracted for the moment from his hostly duties.
This phrase comes to mind in the light of a passage elsewhere in the novel, where Howard is seen 'slicing his hostly bread' (p.