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Host (masculine) and hostess (feminine) most often refer to a person responsible for guests at an event and/or providing hospitality during it, or to an event's presenter or master or mistress of ceremonies. Host or hosts may also refer to:


  • Host (network), a computer connected to the Internet or another IP-based network
    • Hosts file, a computer file to be used to store information on where to find an internet host on a computer network
    • host (Unix), a command-line Unix command
    • Internet hosting service, a service that runs Internet servers allowing organizations and individuals to serve content to the Internet
    • Virtual host, allowing several DNS names to share the same IP address
  • Host/Peripheral (Master/slave) are about communication and device control relationships
  • Host/Peripheral relationships are not fixed and typically swappable with USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) devices
  • Cross compiler host
  • Terminal host, a multi-user computer or software providing services to computer terminals, or a computer that provides services to smaller or less capable devices
  • Host machine, a computer that has a virtual machine running on it
  • Web host, a computer or group of computers that make a website available to the world
  • Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST), a project to promote the creation and use of open security and open-source software in the United States government and military

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  • Cossack hosts comprised organic and administrative subdivision of Cossacks in Imperial Russia. Host names reflected location or origin.
  • Furious Host or the Wild Hunt, a European folk myth
  • Heavenly host, an "army" of good angels in Heaven
    • Lord of hosts, a common epithet of the God of the Old Testament

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