Definitions for: Post

[n] the delivery and collection of letters and packages; "it came by the first post"; "if you hurry you'll catch the post"
[n] 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] 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] 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] 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] 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] the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand; "a soldier manned the entrance post"; "a sentry station"
[v] for example, of records, in sports
[v] publicize with, or as it with, a poster; "I'll post the news on the bulletin board"
[v] mark or expose as infamous; "She was branded a loose woman"
[v] 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] assign to a station
[v] put up; "post a sign"; "post a warning at the dump"
[v] mark with a stake; "stake out the path"
[v] affix in a public place or for public notice; "post a warning"
[v] ride Western style and bob up and down in the saddle in in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait
[v] transfer (entries) from one account book to another
[v] assign to a post; put into a post; "The newspaper posted him in Timbuktu"
[v] enter on a public list

Webster (1913) Definition: Post- (p[=o]st). [L. post behind, after; cf. Skr.
pa[,c]c[=a]behind, afterwards.]
A prefix signifying behind, back, after; as, postcommissure,
postdot, postscript.

Post, a. [F. aposter to place in a post or position,
generally for a bad purpose.]
Hired to do what is wrong; suborned. [Obs.] --Sir E. Sandys.

Post, n. [AS., fr. L. postis, akin to ponere, positum, to
place. See Position, and cf. 4th Post.]
1. 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

They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the
two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the
houses. --Ex. xii. 7.

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. --Chaucer.

Note: Post, in the sense of an upright timber or strut, is
used in composition, in such words as king-post,
queen-post, crown-post, gatepost, etc.

2. 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. --S.

From pillar to post. See under Pillar.

Knight of the post. See under Knight.

Post hanger (Mach.), a bearing for a revolving shaft,
adapted to be fastened to a post.

Post hole, a hole in the ground to set the foot of a post

Post mill, a form of windmill so constructed that the whole
fabric rests on a vertical axis firmly fastened to the
ground, and capable of being turned as the direction of
the wind varies.

Post and stall (Coal Mining), a mode of working in which
pillars of coal are left to support the roof of the mine.

Post, n. [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.]
1. The place at which anything is stopped, placed, or fixed;
a station. Specifically:
(a) 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.
(b) A military station; the place at which a soldier or a
body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such
a station.
(c) The piece of ground to which a sentinel's walk is

2. 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. --Abp. Abbot.

I fear my Julia would not deign my lines, Receiving
them from such a worthless post. --Shak.

3. 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. --Pope.

4. Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier.
[Obs.] ``In post he came.'' --Shak.

5. One who has charge of a station, especially of a postal
station. [Obs.]

He held office of postmaster, or, as it was then
called, post, for several years. --Palfrey.

6. 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. --Addison.

7. A size of printing and writing paper. See the Table under

Post and pair, an old game at cards, in which each player a
hand of three cards. --B. Jonson.

Post bag, a mail bag.

Post bill, a bill of letters mailed by a postmaster.

Post chaise, or Post coach, a carriage usually with four
wheels, for the conveyance of travelers who travel post.

Post day, a day on which the mall arrives or departs.

Post hackney, a hired post horse. --Sir H. Wotton.

Post horn, a horn, or trumpet, carried and blown by a
carrier of the public mail, or by a coachman.

Post horse, a horse stationed, intended, or used for the

Post hour, hour for posting letters. --Dickens.

Post office.
(a) An office under governmental superintendence, where
letters, papers, and other mailable matter, are
received and distributed; a place appointed for
attending to all business connected with the mail.
(b) The governmental system for forwarding mail matter.

Postoffice order. See Money order, under Money.

Post road, or Post route, a road or way over which the
mail is carried.

Post town.
(a) A town in which post horses are kept.
(b) A town in which a post office is established by law.

To ride post, to ride, as a carrier of dispatches, from
place to place; hence, to ride rapidly, with as little
delay as possible.

To travel post, to travel, as a post does, by relays of
horses, or by keeping one carriage to which fresh horses
are attached at each stopping place.

Post, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Posted; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. 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.

Note: Formerly, a large post was erected before the sheriff's
office, or in some public place, upon which legal
notices were displayed. This way of advertisement has
not entirely gone of use.

2. 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. --Granville.

3. To enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, or
the like.

4. 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.'' --De Quincey.

5. (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.

6. To place in the care of the post; to mail; as, to post a

7. 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. --Lond. Sat.

To post off, to put off; to delay. [Obs.] ``Why did I,
venturously, post off so great a business?'' --Baxter.

To post over, to hurry over. [Obs.] --Fuller.

Post, v. i. [Cf. OF. poster. See 4th Post.]
1. To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in
haste. ``Post seedily to my lord your husband.'' --Shak.

And post o'er land and ocean without rest. --Milton.

2. (Man.) To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with
the motion of the horse, esp. in trotting. [Eng.]

Post, adv.
With post horses; hence, in haste; as, to travel post.

Synonyms: base, berth, brand, carry, mail, mail, mail, mail service, military post, office, place, place, position, postal service, put up, send, send, situation, spot, stake, stake, station, station

See Also: academicianship, accountantship, accumulation, admiralty, affix, aggregation, airmail, airmail, airpost, ambassadorship, announce, announce, apostleship, apprenticeship, assemblage, assign, attorneyship, bailiffship, bill, bishopry, bitt, bollard, bridgehead, bringing, business, cadetship, caliphate, call, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, carrick bitt, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, clerkship, collection, commandership, communicating, communication, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, corner post, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, deanery, deanship, delegate, delivery, denote, denote, depute, designate, directorship, discipleship, displace, editorship, eldership, emirate, enter, express, express-mail, foremanship, fort, fort, garrison, garrison, gatepost, generalship, goalpost, governorship, headship, hitching post, hop pole, hot seat, incumbency, inspectorship, instal, install, instructorship, internship, job, judgeship, judgship, judicature, king post, lamppost, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieutenancy, line, line of work, list, locate, lookout, magistracy, mailing, managership, mark, maypole, military installation, military quarters, move, newel, newel post, observation post, occupation, outpost, outpost, outstation, placard, placard, place, position, put down, put in, queen post, record, register, ride horseback, rudderpost, rudderstock, set up, site, stanchion, standard, starting post, stick on, stump, telegraph pole, telegraph post, telephone pole, timber, transfer, transfer, upright, vertical, visual signal, whipping post, winning post

Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat

Related Resources:
animals beginning with p
animlas that start with c
animals starting with u