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English Dictionary: hospital by the DICT Development Group
3 results for hospital
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
hospital
n
  1. a health facility where patients receive treatment [syn: hospital, infirmary]
  2. a medical institution where sick or injured people are given medical or surgical care
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hospital \Hos"pi*tal\, a. [L. hospitalis: cf. OF. hospital.]
      Hospitable. [Obs.] --Howell.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hospital \Hos"pi*tal\, n. [OF. hospital, ospital, F. h[93]pital,
      LL. hospitale (or perh. E. hospital is directly from the Late
      Latin), from L. hospitalis relating to a guest, hospitalia
      apartments for guests, fr. hospes guest. See {Host} a
      landlord, and cf. {Hostel}, {Hotel}, {Spital}.]
      1. A place for shelter or entertainment; an inn. [Obs.]
            --Spenser.
  
      2. A building in which the sick, injured, or infirm are
            received and treated; a public or private institution
            founded for reception and cure, or for the refuge, of
            persons diseased in body or mind, or disabled, infirm, or
            dependent, and in which they are treated either at their
            own expense, or more often by charity in whole or in part;
            a tent, building, or other place where the sick or wounded
            of an army cared for.
  
      {Hospital ship}, a vessel fitted up for a floating hospital.
           
  
      {Hospital Sunday}, a Sunday set apart for simultaneous
            contribution in churches to hospitals; as, the London
            Hospital Sunday.
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