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[pohst-skript, pohs-] /ˈpoʊstˌskrɪpt, ˈpoʊs-/
a paragraph, phrase, etc., added to a letter that has already been concluded and signed by the writer.
any addition or supplement, as one appended by a writer to a book to supply further information.
Origin of postscript
1515-25; < Latin postscrīptum, neuter past participle of postscrībere to write after
Related forms
subpostscript, noun


[pohst-skript, pohs‐] /ˈpoʊstˌskrɪpt, ˈpoʊs‐/
a page description language using scalable fonts that can be printed on a variety of appropriately equipped devices, including laser printers and professional-quality imagesetters. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When he was gone Psyche unfolded the letter and read the postscript again.

  • He took out the letter again and read the postscript carefully.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • Master Jeffreys sends me a letter this morning, and Sir Walter hath written a postscript to it.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • Also, in writing to his employer, Matt devoted a postscript to White Fang.

    White Fang Jack London
  • And this letter with its postscript—what was the meaning of it?

    The Moon Rock Arthur J. Rees
  • He read it with eagerness and pleasure till he came to the postscript.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for postscript


/ˈpəʊsˌskrɪpt; ˈpəʊst-/
a message added at the end of a letter, after the signature
any supplement, as to a document or book
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin postscribere to write after, from post- + scribere to write
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for postscript

1550s, from Latin post scriptum "written after," from neuter past participle of Latin postscribere "write after," from post "after" (see post-) + scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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postscript in Technology
language, text, graphics
A page description language based on work originally done by John Gaffney at Evans and Sutherland in 1976, evolving through "JaM" ("John and Martin", Martin Newell) at XEROX PARC, and finally implemented in its current form by John Warnock et al. after he and Chuck Geschke founded Adobe Systems, Inc. in 1982.
PostScript is an interpreted, stack-based language (like FORTH). It was used as a page description language by the Apple LaserWriter, and now many laser printers and on-screen graphics systems. Its primary application is to describe the appearance of text, graphical shapes, and sampled images on printed or displayed pages.
A program in PostScript can communicate a document description from a composition system to a printing system in a device-independent way.
PostScript is an unusually powerful printer language because it is a full programming language, rather than a series of low-level escape sequences. (In this it parallels Emacs, which exploited a similar insight about editing tasks). It is also noteworthy for implementing on-the fly rasterisation, from Bezier curve descriptions, of high-quality fonts at low (e.g. 300 dpi) resolution (it was formerly believed that hand-tuned bitmap fonts were required for this task).
PostScript's combination of technical merits and widespread availability made it the language of choice for graphical output until PDF appeared.
The Postscript point, 1/72 inch, is slightly different from other point units.
An introduction (
["PostScript Language Reference Manual" ("The Red Book"), Adobe Systems, A-W 1985].
[Jargon File]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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