public

Definitions

  • Public writer. Neapolitan group
    Public writer. Neapolitan group
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj public affecting the people or community as a whole "community leaders","community interests","the public welfare"
    • adj public not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole "the public good","public libraries","public funds","public parks","a public scandal","public gardens","performers and members of royal families are public figures"
    • n public a body of people sharing some common interest "the reading public"
    • n public people in general considered as a whole "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"My magnificent order at the Public House" "My magnificent order at the Public House"
A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned about the time of Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676 A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned...
Hanno announcing to the Mercenaries the emptiness of the Public Coffers Hanno announcing to the Mercenaries the emptiness of the Public Coffers
THE RECTOR'S PALACE AND THE PUBLIC SQUARE AT RAGUSA THE RECTOR'S PALACE AND THE PUBLIC SQUARE AT RAGUSA
PUBLIC LETTER-WRITERS IN A CONSTANTINOPLE STREET PUBLIC LETTER-WRITERS IN A CONSTANTINOPLE STREET
At a meeting of a gentlemen's club, men excitedly discuss a public figure that the media has recently exposed At a meeting of a gentlemen's club, men excitedly discuss a public figure that the media has recently exposed
PUBLIC SQUARE AND PERRY MONUMENT, CLEVELAND, OHIO PUBLIC SQUARE AND PERRY MONUMENT, CLEVELAND, OHIO

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first toilet stall in a public washroom is the least likely to be used. It is also the cleanest
    • Public A public house; an inn.
    • Public Of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; -- opposed to private; as, the public treasury. "To the public good
      Private respects must yield."
      "He [Alexander Hamilton] touched the dead corpse of the public credit, and it sprung upon its feet."
    • Public Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house. "The public street."
    • Public Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal. "Joseph, . . . not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily."
    • Public The general body of mankind, or of a nation, state, or community; the people, indefinitely; as, the American public ; also, a particular body or aggregation of people; as, an author's public . "The public is more disposed to censure than to praise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All U.S. Presidents have worn glasses, some of them just didn't like to be seen with them in public.
    • public Of or belonging to the people at large; relating to or affecting the whole people of a state, nation, or community: opposed to private: as, the public good; public affairs; the public service; a public calamity; public opinion.
    • public Open to all the people; shared in or to be shared or participated in or enjoyed by people at large; not limited or restricted to any particular class of the community: as, a public meeting; public worship; a public subscription; a public road; a public house; public baths.
    • public Open to the view or knowledge of all; notorious: as, a public exposure; public scandal.
    • public Regarding or directed to the interests of the community at large, and not limited or confined to private, personal, or selfish matters or interests: as, public spirit; a public benefaction.
    • public Public house and public place are used in numerous statutes against immoral practices, gaming, prostitution, etc., with varying limitations of meaning, but generally implying a place to which any one may have access without trespassing.
    • public Warehouses to which dutiable goods are sent for appraisement; bonded warehouses, or stores in which goods are held under bond for duty until sold or exported.
    • public A use so intimately allied to or affecting the public welfare or convenience that the state may regulate it as to the management or charges: thus, the great grain-elevators of modern commerce, standing between the wharves of lake or ocean navigation and the termini of trunk lines of railway, have been held to be so affected with a public use that the state may regulate by law the rates of charges.
    • public In patent law, use without restriction by one or more members of the community, as distinguished from use by the inventor: thus, an inventor of a secret spring who should allow its use by others without patenting it might be deemed to allow its public use, although, from its peculiarities of structure and relation, its use could not be seen by the public.
    • n public The general body of people constituting a nation, state, or community; the people, indefinitely: with the.
    • n public A public house.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every US president has worn glasses (just not always in public).
    • adj Public pub′lik of or belonging to the people: pertaining to a community or a nation: general: common to or shared in by all: generally known
    • n Public the people: the general body of mankind: the people, indefinitely: a public-house, tavern
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”
  • William Hazlitt
    William%20Hazlitt
    “The public have neither shame or gratitude.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Never forget public ignorance is the government's best friend.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “Public sentiment is everything, with it nothing can fail, without it nothing can succeed.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    Kin%20Hubbard
    “If there is anything a public servant hates to do it is something for the public.”
  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft
    “The public is wiser than the wisest critic.”

Idioms

Air your dirty laundry in public - If you air your dirty laundry in public, you reveal aspects of your private life that should really remain private, by telling a secret, arguing in public, etc.
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Don't wash your dirty laundry in public - (UK) People, especially couples, who argue in front of others or involve others in their personal problems and crises, are said to be washing their dirty laundry in public; making public things that are best left private. (In American English, 'don't air your dirty laundry in public' is used.)
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John Q Public - (USA) John Q Public is the typical, average person.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. publicus, poblicus, fr. populus, people: cf. F. public,. See People

Usage

In literature:

The principal public buildings are the court-house (in a small public park), the public library and a high school.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
It promotes inequality, selfishness, and the ruin of public spirit.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
There are here some neat public squares, a public park, wherein a military band plays occasionally, and half a dozen churches.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
This is his birthright, and cannot be voted away, whether to support Public Schools or Public Churches.
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
Remember that on our estates we dispense with the whole machinery of public police and public courts of justice.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Under these auspices, I entered, without hesitation, on public life.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
He no longer dares come out and fight in the open, for he knows that public sentiment is against him.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
I would have public halls of science.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
A public like the crowd is not to be conceived as a formal organization like a parliament or even a public meeting.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
At the same time, the governor published an edict forbidding the sale of coffee in public or private.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
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In poetry:

Every thought is public,
Every nook is wide;
Thy gossips spread each whisper,
And the gods from side to side.
"Quatrains" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Come speak your bit in public
That some amends be made
To this most gallant gentleman
That is in quicklime laid.
"Roger Casement" by William Butler Yeats
She never goes in public places,
Where men and women's evil faces
Are ever looking for disgraces—
She fears them.
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin
They shall not storm the last unfallen fortress,
The lonely castle where uncowed and free,
Dwells the unknown and undefeated warrior
That did alone defeat Publicity.
"To the Unknown Warrior" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
His long forgotten faults
Are brought again in view,
And all his secret thoughts
Revealed in public too:
Though compassed with a crowd about,
The searching word has found him out.
"Zaccheus" by John Newton
This is a realm where people tell
Each other, when they chance to meet,
Of things that long ago befell -
And do most solemnly repeat
Secrets they both know very well,
Aloud, and in the public street!
"Partant Pour La Scribie" by Andrew Lang

In news:

There were no public comments on either ordinance during the public hearing.
The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) recently honored 20 public broadcasters, including KET, with national awards KET earned four awards, more than any other public television station .
(Rochester, New York) July 6, 2010 – Biz Kid$, public television's Emmy Award-winning financial literacy series, co-produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting and Biz Kid$, LLP, received a Silver Telly Award.
What the law enforcement—and public safety network in general—offer police that commercial carriers cannot is the ruggedized equipment built to public safety standards.
Jerry McCrea/The Star Ledger Legislative Redistricting Commission members listen to public speakers during a public hearing held Saturday in Camden.
Public Works LLC reported that this state's public school system is the most highly regulated in the nation.
It prohibits smoking at worksites and in public places to protect employees and the public from secondhand smoke.
Thirty-one members of the public attended a public meeting meant to provide information about fluoridation of water to customers of the Cassadaga water system.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the TVA will hold a public meeting on the project on Thursday at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo to take public comment.
Tripwire CEO Jim Johnson Portland-based Tripwire filed with federal regulators today to sell stock to the public, a milestone in a state where no company has held an initial public offering for more than five years.
Someone once said any publicity is good publicity.
Officer Carrick R Cook is the Public Information Officer for the Arizona Department of Public Safety and a former motor officer with that agency.
Courtesy of the Jersey City Free Public Library The Five Corners Branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library will be closed Thursday due to work on water pipes in the area.
Veteran financial communications exec on the agency and corporate sides tapped to lead investor relations and public affairs for newly public pharma developer.
Professor of Public Policy and Director of the John J Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
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In science:

Kniehl for providing us with the proton’s FF prior to its publication and F.
Grand Unification Signal from Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays?
Kronheimer, The geometry of four-manifolds, Oxford Science Publications.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
Our interest in χ∆ comes from the fact that it can be identified with the “wheels part” of a (version of ) the Kontsevich integral of F -links, as will be explained in a separate publication, [GK].
Analytic invariants of boundary links
This was followed by another publication of random numbers by R. A.
Monte Carlo: Basics
Results will be reported in a future publication .
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (II): Long-Range Correlated Random Mass
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