A text file on a networked computer used to associate host names with IP addresses. A hosts file contains lines consisting of whitespace-separated fields giving an IP address followed by list of host names or aliases associated with that address. The name resolution library software can use this file to look up the IP address for a host name. The hosts file is “/etc/hosts” on Unix and “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts” or “lmhosts” on Microsoft Windows,
In most cases, hosts files have now been almost entirely replaced by DNS, in which distributed servers provide the same information. A hosts file can still be used to override DNS for testing purposes or other special situations.
[hohst-spi-sif-ik] /ˈhoʊst spɪˈsɪf ɪk/ adjective 1. capable of living solely on or in one species of host, as a parasite that infests only chickens.
noun, Informal. 1. empty, exaggerated, or pretentious talk or writing: His report on the company’s progress was just so much hot air. noun 1. (informal) empty and usually boastful talk noun phrase Related Terms full of hot air Empty, exaggerated talk, as in That last speech of his was pure hot air. It is also […]
- Hot-air balloon
noun 1. a lighter-than-air craft in which air heated by a flame is trapped in a large fabric bag
[haw-tahn] /ˈhɔˈtɑn/ noun, Pinyin. 1. an oasis in W China, in SW Xinjiang. 2. the chief city in this oasis. /ˈhəʊˈtæn/ noun 1. an oasis in W China, in the Taklimakan Shamo desert of central Xinjiang, around the seasonal Hotan River 2. the chief town of this oasis, situated at the foot of the Kunlun […]