• the Staff of a Government Officer in The Time Of The Memphite Dynasties
    the Staff of a Government Officer in The Time Of The Memphite Dynasties
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n office a job in an organization "he occupied a post in the treasury"
    • n office the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group "the function of a teacher","the government must do its part","play its role"
    • n office a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities "the offices of the mass"
    • n office place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed "he rented an office in the new building"
    • n office an administrative unit of government "the Central Intelligence Agency","the Census Bureau","Office of Management and Budget","Tennessee Valley Authority"
    • n office professional or clerical workers in an office "the whole office was late the morning of the blizzard"
    • n office (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power "being in office already gives a candidate a great advantage","during his first year in office","during his first year in power","the power of the president"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Levying of The Tax: The Taxpayer in The Scribe's Office the Levying of The Tax: The Taxpayer in The Scribe's Office
The First Post-office in the Sky The First Post-office in the Sky
"The commanding officer advanced towards the bier." "The commanding officer advanced towards the bier."
The Post Office, Churt The Post Office, Churt
Dugouts built for German officers Dugouts built for German officers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: India has the most post offices in the world
    • Office A charge or trust, of a sacred nature, conferred by God himself; as, the office of a priest under the old dispensation, and that of the apostles in the new. "Inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office ."
    • Office A special duty, trust, charge, or position, conferred by authority and for a public purpose; a position of trust or authority; as, an executive or judical office; a municipal office.
    • Office (Eccl) Any service other than that of ordination and the Mass; any prescribed religious service. "This morning was read in the church, after the office was done, the declaration setting forth the late conspiracy against the king's person."
    • Office That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty, or a duty that arises from the relations of man to man; as, kind offices, pious offices . "I would I could do a good office between you."
    • Office That which is performed, intended, or assigned to be done, by a particular thing, or that which anything is fitted to perform; a function; -- answering to duty in intelligent beings. "They [the eyes] resign their office and their light.""Hesperus, whose office is to bring
      Twilight upon the earth."
      "In this experiment the several intervals of the teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms."
    • Office The apartments or outhouses in which the domestics discharge the duties attached to the service of a house, as kitchens, pantries, stables, etc. "As for the offices , let them stand at distance."
    • Office The company or corporation, or persons collectively, whose place of business is in an office; as, I have notified the office .
    • Office The place where any kind of business or service for others is transacted; a building, suite of rooms, or room in which public officers or workers in any organization transact business; as, the register's office; a lawyer's office; the doctor's office; the Mayor's office.
    • v. t Office To perform, as the duties of an office; to discharge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From 1939 to 1942, there was a undersea post office in the Bahamas
    • n office Service; duty or duties to the performance of which a person is appointed; function assigned by a superior authority; hence, employment; business; that which one undertakes or is expected to do.
    • n office That which is performed or is intended or assigned to be done by a particular thing, or which anything is fitted to perform or customarily performs; function.
    • n office A position or situation to which certain duties are attached; a post the possession of which imposes certain duties upon the possessor and confers authority for their performance; a post or place held by an officer, an official, or a functionary.
    • n office Specifically, a position of authority under a government: as, a man in office; to accept office. In law: The right and duty conferred on an individual to perform any part of the functions of government, and receive such compensation, if any, as the law may affix to the service: more specifically called public office. It implies authority to exercise some part of the power of the state, a tenure of right therein, some continuous duration, and usually emoluments. It is often defined simply as a public charge or employment; but there are many instances of public charge or employment which are not in law deemed offices, such as the service of a janitor, or that of a person designated by special act to buy goods for public use. In early English law office was regarded as a right, and could be conferred on a man and his heirs. In United States law it is a duty or agency conferred for public benefit; and, although the tenure is to some extent matter of right, the compensation is subject to change by the legislature, unless constitutionally fixed.
    • n office In old English law, jurisdiction; bailiwick: as, a constable sworn “to prevent all bloodshed, outcries, affrays, and rescouses [rescues] done within his office.”
    • n office Inquest of office (which see, under inquest).
    • n office A building or room in which one transacts business or discharges his professional duties: as, a lawyers or doctor's office; the office of a factory or lumber-yard; especially, a place where public business is transacted: as, the county clerk's office; the post-office; the war-office: also (in the plural), the apartments wherein domestics discharge the several duties attached to a house, as kitchens, pantries, brew-houses, and the like, along with outhouses, such as the stables, etc., of a mansion or palace, or the barns, cow-houses, etc., of a farm.
    • n office The persons collectively who transact business in an office: often applied specifically to an insurance company: as, a fire-office.
    • n office An act of good or ill voluntarily tendered (usually in a good sense); service: usually in the plural.
    • n office Eccles.: The prescribed order or form for a service of the church, or for devotional use, or the service so prescribed; especially, the forms for the canonical hours collectively (the divine office): as, the communion office, the confirmation office, the office of prime, etc.; to recite office.
    • n office In the Mozarabic and in some old Gallican and monastic liturgies, in the Uses of Sarum and York, and in the Anglican Prayer-book of 1549, the introit. Also officium.
    • n office In canon law, a benefice which carries no jurisdiction with it.
    • n office Mark of authority; badge of office.
    • n office See the qualifying words.
    • n office Synonyms Business, Pursuit, etc. (see occupation), post, situation, place, capacity.
    • office To perform in the way of office or service; serve; perform; transact.
    • office To intrust with an office; place in an office.
    • office To move by means of office or by exercise of official authority.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of Chicago has the only post office in the world where you can drive your car through
    • n Office of′is settled duty or employment: a position imposing certain duties or giving a right to exercise an employment: business: act of worship: order or form of a religious service, either public or private: that which a thing is designed or fitted to do: a place where business is carried on:
    • v.t Office to furnish with officers: to command, as officers
    • n Office one who holds an office: a subordinate public officer: the deputy of a bishop, &c
    • n Office of′is (pl.) acts of good or ill: service: the apartments of a house in which the domestics discharge their duties
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Friendship is constant in all other things, Save in the office and affairs of love.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Office without pay makes thieves.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “He that hath a trade hath an estate; he that hath a calling hath an office of profit and honor.”
  • Cardinal J. Gibbons
    Cardinal J. Gibbons
    “There are no office hours for leaders.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.”


Good offices - Good offices is help and support, especially in mediating in a dispute.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. officium, for opificium,; ops, ability, wealth, help + facere, to do or make. See Opulent Fact
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. officium.


In literature:

It had lost two officers and six men killed, and three officers and fifty-two men wounded.
"The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War" by Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring
The shot of the enemy wrought terrible havoc in the ranks of the American officers.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The Leutnant had walked to a distance of nearly ten yards from his men, who were drawn up in military order awaiting their officer's commands.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Soldier walking with officer.= A soldier accompanying an officer walks on the officer's left and about one pace to his rear.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Our office boy, rather a wag in his way, had decorated my office table with flowers.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
He was up at once, and together they ran forward to the bridge, as the second officer descended.
"The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet" by Kenneth Ward
The recruiting officer'll be tickled to death when he sees you two walking in on him.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
Yes, sir; but hang it all, are my officers asleep, that we are sailing up and down here month after month without doing anything?
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
In one of them was Billaud, attended by two officers; in the other two more officers were waiting to receive Barere.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
No commanding officer was ever better supported by his officers, non-commissioned officers and men.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie

In poetry:

His triple station brought me peace,
The Altar, Priest, and Sacrifice;
His triple office ev'ry thing,
My Priest, my Prophet is, and King.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
One night the shells lit all the dark,
Burst in a million splinters of flame;
At morn, before the singing lark,
Flynn to his tender office came.
"The Vision" by Katharine Tynan
Think, how the riches thou hadst here,
And ev'ry office thou didst bear,
Shall quickly new possessors have,
Ere thou'rt scarce stiff'ned in thy grave!
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
An elder in office lang time he had been,
An' weel he fulfill'd a' its duties, I ween;
An' mony that socht him, aneath his ain roof,
Gat counsel an' comfort, advice an' reproof.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
Words piled in the streets
and boy babies no longer spoke.
The women retreated to their offices
and kissed each other and touched,
saying that love, of any kind,
would be a shield.
"The Ministry of Words" by Raymond Queneau
Would to thy rainy office close
Thy will, or lock mine eyes from tears,
Part wept for traders'-woes,
Part for that ventures mean as those
In issue bind such sovereign hopes and fears.
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier

In news:

(MoneyWatch) Whether you work in a corporate office, small business or home office, you should employ a password to log into Windows.
Two LAPD officers and an ex-officer have been charged in a conspiracy and perjury case, the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced today.
All officers who have served, or are serving, in the United States armed forces are invited to come hear Maj. Gen Richard C "Buck" Marr, USAF retired, speak to the Olympic Peninsula chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
Fast-paced Waco physician office needs cheerful office/ medical assistant .
If you are running for political office, know someone in office or want to campaign for a candidate who supports medicine, the AMA has a program for you.
Dick Muri, a retired Air Force officer and Republican candidate for Congress, was the first candidate to file in person at the Secretary of State's office when the state's campaign season officially kicked off this month.
A short time before his death, Ambassador Chris Stevens warned a retired senior American military officer against traveling to Libya due to security concerns, the officer told ABC News.
I spoke with a number of chiefs and officers from fire departments across the US and Canada during the Fire Department Safety Officer Association's Apparatus Symposium last week.
That's how Eric Dobkin, MD, chief quality officer at Crozer-Keystone Health System describes the responsibilities of a hospital quality officer in this month's HealthLeaders magazine.
Everything Office Furniture Offers Range of Office Design Accents.
"Office in pocket" doesn't scare this office furniture company.
There are more than an estimated 4 trillion paper documents in US offices, a moon-and-back stack whose volume has been growing by 22% a year -- hardly the route to a paper-free office.
I don't know if this was an office party, or just a really cool office to work at.
John Thomas Kelash, 28, Pierz was charged Sept 27, with one felony count of fourth degree assault of a peace officer, and one gross misdemeanor charge of fourth degree assault of a peace officer.
On Wednesday, the Oxford Post Office is next on the long list of post offices to participate in this event.

In science:

For example, the developers working on the Front Office part of the architecture were considered to be a part of the Front Office team and so on.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
Whether it‟s a Front Office [problem] or a Mid Office [problem], they have to see who can solve the problem.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
To get a better feel of the lack of communication between these teams, we compared this distribution to the distribution of the number of messages between the Support and the three teams (Front Office, Application Server and BPEL), plotted as SuppDepComm in Figure 3.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
Around week 8 we see Joshua, who is in the Front Office team taking over.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
Pushpendra proposed an approach using immersive video with surround sound and a simulated infrastructure to create a realistic simulation of a ubiquitous environment in the software design and development office.
Personalised product design using virtual interactive techniques