host-n; 9 Senses

Sense Number 1: person who entertains guests

Commentary: HOST[+entity][+person][+role][+entertainer][+of_guests]

John is always a gracious host at his dinner parties.
The hosts of this bed-and-breakfast are a retired couple from Oregon.
Bob is our host at the corporate dinner this evening and is picking up the tab.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 8

Sense Number 2: a large set of similar things, often beings

Commentary: HOST[+collection][+set][+large][+of_like_things]

A host of memories rushed into her mind at the sight of the old photo.
The painting depicts shepherds at night looking up at a star and a heavenly host of angels.
The army met the opposing host on the battlefield.
John swatted away a host of gnats around his face.
I've got a host of things to do before we leave on vacation.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 5

Sense Number 3: an organism infected with another parasitic organism or pathogen

Commentary: HOST[+entity][+organism][+infected][+with_parasite]

This species of mosquito is a host for the amoeba that causes malaria.
The man traveled widely around the world when he was a host for the HIV virus.
The fungus weakens the host plant with its toxins.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: moderator or emcee of a public event

Commentary: HOST[+entity][+person][+role][+moderator][+of_event][+public]

Pete is a well-known talk show host.
John will play host at this year's conference and introduce all the keynote speakers.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: An organization that sponsors a large public event

Commentary: HOST[+organization][+role][+sponsor][+of_event][+large_scale][+public]

Beijing is host to this year's Olympics.
A group of high-tech companies is normally the host of this annual science fair.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 6: recipient of a donor's transplanted tissue

Commentary: HOST[+entity][+person][+role][+recipient][+of_tissue][+transplanted][+from_donor]

The host has accepted the donor's kidney successfully.
The new technique enables more accurate identification of good matches between hosts and donors.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 7: a computer server

Commentary: HOST[+artifact][+machine][+computer][+server]

The host machine provides data and files to a network of client machines.
The host is down so you won't be able to access files until it comes back up.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 8: blessed wafer ingested during Holy Communion

Commentary: HOST[+artifact][+food][+wafer][+consecrated][+ingested][+at_Holy_Communion]

The Catholics took the host from the priest.
The host is consecrated by a clergyman before it is given out at Communion.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 9: geographical region that supports a specific species

Commentary: HOST[+location][+geographical][+environment][+for_species][+specific]

Australia is host to some of the world's most dangerous animals.
The wetlands are host to many species of birds, but also of insects, including mosquitos.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: ab