Post

Definitions

  • The First Post-office in the Sky
    The First Post-office in the Sky
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v post publicize with, or as if with, a poster "I'll post the news on the bulletin board"
    • v post display, as of records in sports games
    • v post mark or expose as infamous "She was branded a loose woman"
    • v post cause to be directed or transmitted to another place "send me your latest results","I'll mail you the paper when it's written"
    • v post assign to a station
    • v post place so as to be noticed "post a sign","post a warning at the dump"
    • v post mark with a stake "stake out the path"
    • v post affix in a public place or for public notice "post a warning"
    • v post ride Western style and bob up and down in the saddle in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait
    • v post transfer (entries) from one account book to another
    • v post assign to a post; put into a post "The newspaper posted him in Timbuktu"
    • v post enter on a public list
    • n post the delivery and collection of letters and packages "it came by the first post","if you hurry you'll catch the post"
    • n post a job in an organization "he occupied a post in the treasury"
    • n post military installation at which a body of troops is stationed "this military post provides an important source of income for the town nearby","there is an officer's club on the post"
    • n post an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position "he set a row of posts in the ground and strung barbwire between them"
    • n post the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office "the mail handles billions of items every day","he works for the United States mail service","in England they call mail `the post'"
    • n post a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track) "a pair of posts marked the goal","the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake"
    • n post any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered "your mail is on the table","is there any post for me?","she was opening her post"
    • n post the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand "a soldier manned the entrance post","a sentry station"
    • n Post United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)
    • n Post United States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872-1960)
    • n Post United States aviator who in 1933 made the first solo flight around the world (1899-1935)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Post Office, Churt The Post Office, Churt
The sentry at Herculaneum stays at his post The sentry at Herculaneum stays at his post
An American ambulance at a poste de secours An American ambulance at a poste de secours
Dad Leaned Against a Lamp Post and Scratched his Back 364 Dad Leaned Against a Lamp Post and Scratched his Back 364
"POSTE-CARTE AND BEADES," CAIRO "POSTE-CARTE AND BEADES," CAIRO
Work of Powder Post Beetle Work of Powder Post Beetle
Country Post Country Post
Little Time was lost in getting to the Post Little Time was lost in getting to the Post

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: India has the most post offices in the world
    • Post A messenger who goes from station; an express; especially, one who is employed by the government to carry letters and parcels regularly from one place to another; a letter carrier; a postman. "In certain places there be always fresh posts , to carry that further which is brought unto them by the other.""I fear my Julia would not deign my lines,
      Receiving them from such a worthless post ."
    • Post A military station; the place at which a soldier or a body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such a station.
    • Post A piece of timber, metal, or other solid substance, fixed, or to be fixed, firmly in an upright position, especially when intended as a stay or support to something else; a pillar; as, a hitching post; a fence post; the posts of a house. "They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the houses.""Then by main force pulled up, and on his shoulders bore,
      The gates of Azza, post and massy bar."
      "Unto his order he was a noble post ."
    • Post A size of printing and writing paper. See the Table under Paper.
    • Post A station, office, or position of service, trust, or emolument; as, the post of duty; the post of danger. "The post of honor is a private station."
    • Post A station, or one of a series of stations, established for the refreshment and accommodation of travelers on some recognized route; as, a stage or railway post .
    • Post An established conveyance for letters from one place or station to another; especially, the governmental system in any country for carrying and distributing letters and parcels; the post office; the mail; hence, the carriage by which the mail is transported. "I send you the fair copy of the poem on dullness, which I should not care to hazard by the common post ."
    • Post Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier. "In post he came."
    • a Post Hired to do what is wrong; suborned.
    • Post One who has charge of a station, especially of a postal station. "He held office of postmaster, or, as it was then called, post , for several years."
    • Post The doorpost of a victualer's shop or inn, on which were chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt. "When God sends coin
      I will discharge your post ."
    • Post The piece of ground to which a sentinel's walk is limited.
    • Post The place at which anything is stopped, placed, or fixed; a station.
    • Post To assign to a station; to set; to place; as, to post a sentinel. "It might be to obtain a ship for a lieutenant, . . . or to get him posted ."
    • Post To attach to a post, a wall, or other usual place of affixing public notices; to placard; as, to post a notice; to post playbills.
    • Post (Bookkeeping) To carry, as an account, from the journal to the ledger; as, to post an account; to transfer, as accounts, to the ledger. "You have not posted your books these ten years."
    • Post To enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, or the like.
    • Post To hold up to public blame or reproach; to advertise opprobriously; to denounce by public proclamation; as, to post one for cowardice. "On pain of being posted to your sorrow
      Fail not, at four, to meet me."
    • Post To inform; to give the news to; to make (one) acquainted with the details of a subject; -- often with up. "Thoroughly posted up in the politics and literature of the day."
    • Post To place in the care of the post; to mail; as, to post a letter.
    • Post (Man) To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with the motion of the horse, esp. in trotting.
    • Post To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste. "Post seedily to my lord your husband.""And post o'er land and ocean without rest."
    • adv Post With post horses; hence, in haste; as, to travel post .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: You can send a postcard from Hell. There is a small town located in the Cayman Islands called "Hell." They even have a post office
    • n post A piece of timber, metal (solid or built up), or other solid substance, of considerable size, set upright, and intended as a support to a weight or structure resting upon it, or as a firm point of attachment for something: as, the posts of a door or of a gate; a king-post, queen-post, truss-post, bed-post; iron posts supporting the floor of a building; a hitching-post, etc.
    • n post Specifically— A piece of timber set in any position; a beam.
    • n post An upright piece of timber upon which proclamations were fixed; also, an upright piece of timber used for keeping a score when marked with chalk or notches.
    • n post A staff.
    • n post In violin-making. See sound-post.
    • n post In coal-mining: A pillar or wall of coal left to support the roof of the mine.
    • n post Finegrained sandstone, such as often occurs forming a part of the coal-measures.
    • n post The sternpost of a vessel.
    • n post Figuratively, a prop; a support.
    • n post In paper manufacturing, a pile of 144 sheets of handmade paper fresh from the mold, arranged alternately with pieces of felt, ready to be placed in the screw-press; a felt-post. When the felts are removed, the pile of paper sheets is termed a white post.
    • n post [⟨ post, verb, 4.] The state of being posted as rejected in a college examination in the University of Cambridge, England.
    • post To fix to a post; nail or otherwise fasten up in a public place, as a notice or an advertisement: as, to post a bill; to post a notice.
    • post To bring before the public notice by means of a placard fastened up in some public place; placard: as, to post one for nomination; hence, to expose to reproach by overt declaration; brand; stigmatize: as, to post a man as a coward.
    • post To raise to the rank of post-captain; make a post-captain of.
    • post Specifically, in the University of Cambridge, England, to placard as rejected in a college examination.
    • post To placard with handbills; fix notices upon.
    • post Synonyms To placard, advertise, announce, blaze abroad.
    • n post A fixed point or place; the place where some person or thing is stationed or fixed; a station or position occupied: as, a post of observation; a sentry at his post; specifically, the place where a body of troops is stationed; a military station.
    • n post The occupants, collectively, of a military station; a garrison.
    • n post Hence, a subdivision of the organization of veteran soldiers and sailors called the Grand Army of the Republic. (which see, under republic).
    • n post An office or employment; a position of service, trust, or emolument; an appointment; a position.
    • n post One of a series of fixed stations, as on a given route or line of travel.
    • n post One who travels through fixed stations on a given route, to carry messages, letters, papers, etc.; a postman; hence, in general, a messenger.
    • n post A post-horse.
    • n post An established system for the conveyance of letters, especially a governmental system; the mail; the transmission of all the letters conveyed for the public at one time from one place to another; also, a post-office.
    • n post Haste; speed. Compare post-haste.
    • n post A size of writing-paper varying in dimensions from 22 ¼ × 17 ¼ inches to 19 × 15 ¼ inches, and in weight from 25 to 7 pounds per ream: so called because its original water-mark was a postman's horn.
    • n post An old game of cards, in which the hands consisted of three cards, that one being the best which contained the highest pair royal, or, if none contained a pair royal, the highest pair. Nares. Also called post and pair, and pink.
    • post To station; place.
    • post To place in the post-office; transmit by post.
    • post To send or convey by or as by means of post-horses.
    • post In bookkeeping, to carry (accounts or items) from the journal to the ledger; make the requisite entries in, as a ledger, for showing a true state of affairs: often followed by up.
    • post To supply with information up to date; put in possession of needed intelligence; inform; communicate facts to: as, to be posted in history.
    • post Synonyms To set, put, establish.
    • post To travel with post-horses; hence, to travel rapidly; travel with speed; hasten away.
    • post In the manège, to rise and sink on the saddle in accordance with the motion of the horse, especially when trotting.
    • post With post-horses; as a post; by post; hence, with speed; hastily: as, to ride post; to journey post.
    • post Hasty; hurried.
    • post Suborned; hired to do what is wrong.
    • n post See poust.
    • post A Latin adverb and preposition, meaning ‘behind,’ ‘after,’ ‘afterward,’ ‘since,’ etc. It occurs in many Latin phrases sometimes used in English, and is also very common as a prefix. See post.
    • post A prefix of Latin origin, meaning ‘behind’ or ‘after.’ It occurs in some compounds of Latiu formation, and is freely used as an English prefix: opposed to ante- and to pre-. See ante- and pre-.
    • n post In a lock, a wire or cylindrical projection over which the tube of the key fits. Its purpose is to interfere with or prevent the picking of the lock by a lever or wire.
    • post To order or detail.
    • post In chess, to move (a piece) to a square; occupy a square with (a piece).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: From 1939 to 1942, there was a undersea post office in the Bahamas
    • n Post pōst a piece of timber fixed in the ground, generally as a support to something else: a pillar
    • v.t Post to fix on or to a post, or to any conspicuous position, in a public place: to expose to public reproach, to placard as having failed in an examination, &c
    • n Post pōst a fixed place, as a military station: a fixed place or stage on a road: an office: one who travels by stages, esp. carrying letters, &c.: a public letter-carrier: an established system of conveying letters: :
    • v.t Post to set or station: to put in the post-office:
    • adv Post with posthorses: with speed
    • adj Post speedy: immediate
    • adv Post with haste or speed
    • adv., prep Post pōst after, behind—in compounds as Post-abdominal, Post-anal, Post-axial, Post-brachial, Post-canonical, Post-clavicle, Post-embryonic, &c
    • adj Post succeeding communion
    • n Post a date on a letter later than the real date on which it was written
    • n Post a post-mortem examination
    • n Post the most recent geological division
    • n Post pōst (Shak.) a post-horse
    • n Post pōst (Shak.) haste: a size of writing-paper, double that of common note-paper (so called from the water-mark, a postman's horn)
    • v.t Post (book-k.) to transfer from the journal to the ledger: to supply with necessary information, as to post up (cf. Well posted up).—v.i to travel with post-horses, or with speed
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Quotations

  • Charles F. Kettering
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    “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.”
  • Teiga
    Teiga
    “To the right, books; to the left, a tea-cup. In front of me, the fireplace; behind me, the post. There is no greater happiness than this.”
  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    “Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “The post of honor is a private station.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    Charles%20Baudelaire
    “The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.”

Idioms

Deaf as a post - Someone who is as deaf as a post is unable to hear at all.
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Dumb as a post - Someone's who's as dumb as a post is very stupid, like a fencepost.
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From pillar to post - If something is going from pillar to post, it is moving around in a meaningless way, from one disaster to another.
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Keep posted - If you keep posted about something, you keep up-to-date with information and developments.
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Post-haste - Post-haste means as quickly as possible.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. poste, LL. posta, station, post (where horses were kept), properly, a fixed or set place, fem. fr. L. positus, placed, p. p. of ponere,. See Position, and cf. Post a pillar

Usage

In literature:

Each has emulated the Admirable Crichton in the variety and multiplicity of public posts.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
The post was an impersonal and incorruptible go-between, so he wrote frequently.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
He posts it to you by this post.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Tole was the nearest thing to a young friend that Stonor possessed in the post.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
The stern-post, as distinguished from the false-post and inner-post.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
When the Boers came to seize the post-office, she "stuck to her post" with a vengeance.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Listening posts.= One of the best methods is to post one or more men in listening posts in or beyond the line of obstacles.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
At the strong post of Acuoncagua the Spaniards made a stand, but they were outnumbered by the insurgents.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Little did they guess that the coming event was of a nature destined soon to have the whole post at Fort Clowdry by the ears!
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
While this was going on the post adjutant appeared and took up post.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
This post, if not actually the first, was certainly one of the earliest posts to Bristol.
"The King's Post" by R. C. Tombs
What post do you think she has secured?
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
A Recruit born at his Post.
"Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, in the Peninsula, France, and the Netherlands" by Captain J. Kincaid
He said the man from the next post would have started to meet Jim.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Down home on my street there ain't a single lamp post.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
The rule is to have each man stand post for two hours, when he is relieved.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
Robertson had formerly held a post under the North-West Company in the Saskatchewan valley.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
But he failed to mention the fact that most of the dogs at the post had been wiped out at the same time.
"The Whelps of the Wolf" by George Marsh
Vera Cruz, who was backed with considerable spirit by his friends, had his chances destroyed by being left at the post.
"History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921" by John Lawrence O'Connor
The buildings were burnt about 1814, and the post abandoned.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
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In poetry:

They cannot quieten that boy's ghost,
He'll have no truck with no "Last Post,"
They mark him "Killed," but you may swear
He's with us, be it foul or fair.
"Killed" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Swift as light thoughts their empty career run,
Thy race is finished when begun;
Let a post-angel start with thee,
And thou the goal of earth shalt teach as soon as he.
"Hymn. To Light" by Abraham Cowley
Eg. And I am of the same minde:
But 'twas my Maids fault.
I thinke she goes about utterly to undoe me:
She is as good a servant as ere was
Married to the whipping-post.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act III" by Ralph Knevet
The lover, if for certain days
His fair one be denied his gaze,
Sinks not in grief and wild amaze,
But, wiser wooer,
He spends the time in writing lays,
And posts them to her.
"A Valentine" by Lewis Carroll
Where art thou, woman? art thou at thy post?
We cannot want thy aid to save the lost,
The youthful dwellers of thy home and hearth,
To lead to heaven, and train for life on earth.
"On The Meeting of The Social Science Association" by Janet Hamilton
To answer is an easy task,
If you allow me but to ask
One little question, sweet, of you:--
'Tis this: should sign-posts travel too
What would bewildered pilgrims do--
Celestial pilgrims, such as you?
"A Reply To A Young Lady" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Now with Techcrunch, Huffington Post and the hordes of us here at Forbes, there really is much difference between those of us who post on the internet and those who originally published on paper.
Brad morgan posted a blog post.
The kmzu.com Trading Post is a free service for individuals only, no business postings please.
Residents learned that the Burlington Post Office will have a POST Plan, which will realign the weekday window service hours instead of closing the post office, during a meeting at the Burlington Children's Home gymnasium Thursday.
Somebody lock down the Pinocchios, because they're flying all over the Washington Post, as Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler and Post opinion writer (and torture enthusiast.
As she picked up her mail last week at the Samaria Post Office, Mary Jane Whalen was concerned with the possibility that her hometown post office could close.
A letter of notice posted on the Climax Post office door states that, as of Oct 31, operations will be suspended.
Posted in Features News, Posts.
Washington Post Live is hosting a transportation conference on Friday at the Washington Post.
The "post-dream, post-modern" musician really loves Canada.
It has been the tradition of this post, with the assistance of VFW Post 5109, to provide this service.
Posted in Facility Blog, Featured Post, Safety.
CARMELO'S POST-UP MOVES The Memphis Grizzlies are the only team to beat the New York Knicks this season, largely because they successfully defended Anthony in the post.
This blog post isn't going to be a typical post of mine.
This post was written by Caitie Hilton last month sorry for the delay in posting it.
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In science:

Therefore, the magnetic pressure in the post-shock gas dominates over the thermal pressure of the SNR but is approximately equal to its ram pressure.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
The post-drip gas density is also lower since the drip wave transfers mass to the center.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
In summary, our solutions for the CO models are in good agreement with those of Tozzi & Norman (2000), particularly in the post-shock entropy profiles shown in Figure 3.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
In the above three equations, the first term in the square brackets is the Newtonian result, the second term is the (post)3/2 -Newtonian result, and the third term corresponds to the (post)2 Newtonian result.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Optical modelling suggests that the dark state corresponds to a liquid crystal configuration that tilts strongly around the microscopic posts whereas the bright state corresponds to a suppressed tilt profile around the posts ie. a comparatively planar configuration .
Topology and Bistability in liquid crystal devices
In fact, there are at least three separate topological invariants on the post edges, post faces and around the post vertices.
Topology and Bistability in liquid crystal devices
In addition to the edge orientations, the topology of n is also determined by its behaviour on the post faces and around the post vertices.
Topology and Bistability in liquid crystal devices
We take an arbitrary path connecting a pair of adjacent post edges, on a post face.
Topology and Bistability in liquid crystal devices
Figure (9a) clearly shows that the T profile tilts upwards at all points as we move across the post faces and aligns along the post diagonal.
Topology and Bistability in liquid crystal devices
Bottom: stellar wind luminosity (power) vs. stellar effective temperature (left), again with the post-AGB ages indicated, and the total mass lost by the wind during the post-AGB evolution (right).
The evolution of planetary nebulae. V. The diffuse X-ray emission
Table 3 lists values estimated for Γpost and the total circulation, Γtot = Γshock + Γpost + Γring .
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
However, since extreme carbon stars are expected to be the direct precursors for post-AGB ob jects, it may be more appropriate to consider the models of post-AGB stars.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
For example, we construct polyhedral models of the Julia sets of post-critically finite endomorphisms of CPn coming from Teim¨uller theory of post-critically finite polynomials. A natural question arises now in connection with Theorem 1.1.
Combinatorial models of expanding dynamical systems
The above observations give rise to the question: can propagation and post-selection be used to create multiphoton entangled states? In this section, we first state a general symmetry property of any n-photon state that can be generated via propagation and post-selection in our chosen geometry.
Generation of multi-photon entanglement by propagation and detection
In either case, we have ∀t ∈ [{l (a)}{l (b)}]. post (a) 6= post (b).
Modelling Concurrency with Comtraces and Generalized Comtraces
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