2. An act of an open enemy; a hostile deed; especially in the plural, acts of warfare; attacks of an enemy.
We have showed ourselves generous adversaries . . . and have carried on even our hostilities with
He who proceeds to wanton hostility, often provokes an enemy where he might have a friend.Crabb.
Syn. Animosity; enmity; opposition; violence; aggression; contention; warfare.
(Hos"til*ize) v. t. To make hostile; to cause to become an enemy. [Obs.] A. Seward.
(Host"ing) n. [From Host an army.] [Obs.]
1. An encounter; a battle. "Fierce hosting." Milton.
2. A muster or review. Spenser.
(Hos"tler) n. [OE. hosteler, osteler, innkeeper, OF. hostelier, F. hôtelier. See Hostel, and cf.
1. An innkeeper. [Obs.] See Hosteler.
2. The person who has the care of horses at an inn or stable; hence, any one who takes care of horses; a
groom; - - so called because the innkeeper formerly attended to this duty in person.
3. (Railroad) The person who takes charge of a locomotive when it is left by the engineer after a trip.
(Host"less) a. Inhospitable. [Obs.] "A hostless house." Spenser.
(Host"ry) n. [OE. hosterie, osterie, OF. hosterie. See Host a landlord.]
1. A hostelry; an inn or lodging house. [Obs.] Marlowe.
2. A stable for horses. [Obs.] Johnson.
(Hot) imp. & p. p. of Hote. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Hot) a. [Compar. Hotter ; superl. Hottest ] [OE. hot, hat, AS. hat; akin to OS. het, D. heet,
OHG. heiz, G. heiss, Icel. heitr, Sw. het, Dan. heed, hed; cf. Goth. heito fever, hais torch. Cf.
1. Having much sensible heat; exciting the feeling of warmth in a great degree; very warm; opposed to
cold, and exceeding warm in degree; as, a hot stove; hot water or air. "A hotvenison pasty." Shak.
2. Characterized by heat, ardor, or animation; easily excited; firely; vehement; passionate; violent; eager.
Achilles is impatient, hot, and revengeful.Dryden.
There was mouthing in hot haste.Byron.
3. Lustful; lewd; lecherous. Shak.
4. Acrid; biting; pungent; as, hot as mustard.
Hot bed (Iron Manuf.), an iron platform in a rolling mill, on which hot bars, rails, etc., are laid to cool.
Hot wall (Gardening), a wall provided with flues for the conducting of heat, to hasten the growth
of fruit trees or the ripening of fruit. Hot well (Condensing Engines), a receptacle for the hot water