postman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n postman a man who delivers the mail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Postman A post or courier; a letter carrier.
    • Postman (Eng. Law) One of the two most experienced barristers in the Court of Exchequer, who have precedence in motions; -- so called from the place where he sits. The other of the two is called the tubman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n postman A barrister in the Court of Exchequer in England, now merged in High Court of Justice, who had precedence in motions: so called from the place where he sat. The postman was one of the two most experienced barristers in the court, the other being called the tubman..
    • n postman A post; a messenger; a courier; one who rides post.
    • n postman A mail-carrier.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Postman a post or courier: a letter-carrier
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Quotations

  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “A letter is an unannounced visit, the postman the agent of rude surprises. One ought to reserve an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. poste—L. ponĕre, positum, to place.

Usage

In literature:

Before the arrival of the postman he had been cleaning his master's bicycle, which stood against the table.
"Tales of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
The 16th and 17th passed, and still no Ole, nor did the postman bring any letter from Newfoundland.
"Ticket No. "9672"" by Jules Verne
As I write, the postman brings me a letter from the front, dated Oct. 17.
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
A short time later, the postman brought me a letter.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
As he passed by the archway near the packing house the afternoon postman appeared and gave him a letter.
"Leonora" by Arnold Bennett
Poor Henry in Nottingham hung upon the postman's heels, but no word arrived from the duchess.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
When the postman called on the morning of the next day, he brought an invitation for the long-dreamed-of party.
"Dorothy Dainty's Gay Times" by Amy Brooks
The postman has just been here with your note.
"Story of Chester Lawrence" by Nephi Anderson
In that still moment the postman's knock was heard in the street outside.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The postman brought it about four or five days after Mr. Draper had been on board.
"John Thorndyke's Cases" by R. Austin Freeman
He had an idea of intercepting the postman.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
On Valentine's Day the postman brought Milly six from the six little girls and two from Jimmy-Boy and Aunt Sara.
"Dew Drops, Vol. 37, No. 7, February 15, 1914" by Various
When you come home from school the first thing you do is to look on the hall table to see if the Postman has brought you a letter.
"The Children's Six Minutes" by Bruce S. Wright
She has the morning postman for a young man now, and probably one or two others that I don't know of.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
Near the town they met the postman.
"The Little City Of Hope" by F. Marion Crawford
I saw her kiss the postman yesterday.
"The Green Eyes of Bâst" by Sax Rohmer
The boy ran off with the letter and was but just in time, for the postman's horn was sounding.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
He was startled by a voice; it was only that of old John MacIntyre, the postman, who was glad enough to get into this place of refuge too.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
The postman called at five o'clock, and the letters were on the hall-table waiting for him as usual.
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
The postman's buggy had stopped at our mailbox.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
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In poetry:

This postman 'twist one ghost and t'other,
With last dates that smell of the mould,
I have met him (O man and brother,
Forgive me!) in azure and gold.
"The Flying Dutchman" by James Russell Lowell
The postman comes when I am still in bed.
"Postman, what do you have for me today?"
I say to him. (But really I'm in bed.)
Then he says - what shall I have him say?
"A Sick Child" by Randall Jarrell
Is it some operation that is taking place?
It is the surgeon my neighbors are waiting for,
This apparition in a green helmet,
Shining gloves and white suit.
Is it the butcher, the grocer, the postman, someone I know?
"The Bee Meeting" by Sylvia Plath
Stay with me, don't leave me,
you don't know anger nor will your anger last -
and where would you go, how would you feel
when you are over it? Wait a little, wait,
wait at least until
the postman comes with letters only for you!
"Stay" by Vladimir Holan

In news:

The Postman (II Postino) a film directed by Michael Radford Miramax Films.
Many of those who saw The Postman (Il Postino) last fall went back to see it again.
Dr Postman is the head of Culture and Communications at New York University.
A Postman , a Poet, an Actor's Farewell.
Yet "The Postman" ("Il Postino"), an Italian film starring Massimo Troisi, was the most financially successful foreign-language film of 1995.
Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice," which set a standard for L.A.
His books including The Postman, Earth, and The Transparent Society.
Postman Steps Over Corpse to Continue Delivering Mail.
Diane Postman, an early childhood special education teacher at Abingdon Elementary School in Hayes, Virginia.
If it doesn't get one, the postman threatens to cancel Christmas deliveries.
Diane Postman, a science teacher in Yorktown, Virginia.
Bert Large, postman Dave and restaurant chef Mick Mabley are among the victims.
From Diane Postman, a teacher in Yorktown, Virginia.
A research report from Todd Einhorn and Janet Turner, Oregon State University, and Joseph Postman, USDA, Corvallis.
Suspects range from a postman to a millionaire's teen daughter.
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In science:

The number of known distant clusters has greatly increased since the publication in 1996 of the PDCS catalog by Postman and collaborators 91 .
Cluster Surveys
Postman & Geller (1984) and Ramella et al. (1999) have shown that galaxies in groups follow a morphology-density relation.
The morphology-density relation in X-ray bright galaxy groups
Thus these groups have lower spiral fractions than found in the field (∼ 0.6 — Postman & Geller 1984; Whitmore et al. 1993), particularly amongst the more luminous galaxies.
The morphology-density relation in X-ray bright galaxy groups
Has the Postman-Lauer effect gone away? Michael Hudson reviewed the search for a volume of space which is at rest.
Nearby Large-Scale Structures and the Zone of Avoidance: A Conference Summary and Assessment
This is necessary because the galaxies in the HST clusters are at the faint end of the luminosity function of the first few ranked galaxies in the calibrating sample taken from Postman & Lauer (1995, hereafter PL95) and from Table 1 of SP91 used in a first study of the test.
The Tolman Surface Brightness Test for the Reality of the Expansion. V. Provenance of the Test and a New Representation of the Data for Three Remote HST Galaxy Clusters
The R magnitudes by Postman & Lauer are on the Cape/Cousins near red photometric system as realized by Landolt (1983, 1992).
The Tolman Surface Brightness Test for the Reality of the Expansion. V. Provenance of the Test and a New Representation of the Data for Three Remote HST Galaxy Clusters
This is within 0.08 mag of the hSBi, log R(2) calibration in equation (6) which is based on the independent photometry of Postman & Lauer.
The Tolman Surface Brightness Test for the Reality of the Expansion. V. Provenance of the Test and a New Representation of the Data for Three Remote HST Galaxy Clusters
An implementation of the Chinese Postman algorithm is applied to SP to cover its transitions.
Syntactic Abstraction of B Models to Generate Tests
Thimbleby, H.: The directed chinese postman problem.
Syntactic Abstraction of B Models to Generate Tests
Lauer, T.R., Postman, M. (1994) The motion of the local group with to the 15,000 kilometer per second Abell cluster inertial frame.
FACTS AND IDEAS IN MODERN COSMOLOGY
While some recent results (Lauer & Postman 1994) have questioned this, it is the magnitude, not the direction of the absolute velocity w that is most relevant; this is similar for both the CMB and Lauer & Postman data.
Tests of Relativistic Gravity using Millisecond Pulsars
Another goal was to test the validity of three reference frames: the CMB frame, the Local Group frame (perhaps modified by Virgo infall), and the “Abell Cluster Inertial” frame proposed by Lauer and Postman.
Distances from Surface Brightness Fluctuations
The direction of the best-fit motion remains consistent with that inferred from the CMB (though modest bulk flows cannot be ruled out) and inconsistent with the Lauer-Postman frame.
Peculiar Velocities from Type Ia Supernovae
Interestingly, the SN Ia measurement was strongly inconsistent with the large bulk flow observed from brightest cluster galaxies by Lauer & Postman (1994), a significant result since it was the only other sample at a similar depth.
Peculiar Velocities from Type Ia Supernovae
The metric aperture used, however, plays a key role in determining the blue fraction: For example, the implied evolution of the blue fraction with redshift was not confirmed by Lubin et al. (1998) and Postman et al. (1998).
Dynamical and content evolution of a sample of clusters from z~0 to z~0.5
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