[hos-tij] /ˈhɒs tɪdʒ/
a person given or held as security for the fulfillment of certain conditions or terms, promises, etc., by another.
Archaic. a security or pledge.
Obsolete. the condition of a hostage.
verb (used with object), hostaged, hostaging.
to give (someone) as a hostage:
He was hostaged to the Indians.
a person given to or held by a person, organization, etc, as a security or pledge or for ransom, release, exchange for prisoners, etc
the state of being held as a hostage
any security or pledge
give hostages to fortune, to place oneself in a position in which misfortune may strike through the loss of what one values most
late 13c., from Old French hostage “person given as security or hostage” (12c., Modern French ôtage), either from hoste “guest” (see host (n.1)) via notion of “a lodger held by a landlord as security,” or from Late Latin obsidanus “condition of being held as security,” from obses “hostage,” from ob- “before” + base of sedere “to sit” [OED]. Modern political/terrorism sense is from 1970.
a person delivered into the hands of another as a security for the performance of some promise, etc. (2 Kings 14:14; 2 Chr. 25:24).
- Host command facility
operating system (HCF) Used to access IBM S/36 and AS/400 computers from a mainframe. [What is it?] (1999-01-24)
noun 1. the main computer in a network: controls or performs certain functions for other computers.
[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: […]
- Host control interface
hardware, wireless communications (HCI) A network layer in the Bluetooth Core Protocol Stack, lying between the software and the hardware stacks and serving as the interface through which the software controls two of Bluetooths four core protocols. (2002-06-28)