a strong piece of timber, metal, or the like, set upright as a support, a point of attachment, a place for displaying notices, etc.
Furniture. one of the principal uprights of a piece of furniture, as one supporting a chair back or forming one corner of a chest of drawers.: Compare stump (def. 11).
Papermaking. a stack of 144 sheets of handmolded paper, interleaved with felt.
Horse Racing. a pole on a racetrack indicating the point where a race begins or ends: the starting post.
the lane of a racetrack farthest from the infield; the outside lane.: Compare pole1 (def. 4).
an online message that is submitted to a message board or electronic mailing list.
text, images, etc., that are placed on a website: a blog post.
a thin metal bar affixed to the back of an earring and designed to pass through a pierced earlobe.
to affix (a notice, bulletin, etc.) to a post, wall, or the like.
to bring to public notice by or as by a poster or bill: to post a reward.
to denounce by a public notice or declaration: They were posted as spies.
to publish the name of in a list: to post a student on the dean's list.
to publish the name of (a ship) as missing or lost.
to placard (a wall, fence, etc.) with notices, bulletins, etc.: The wall was posted with announcements.
to put up signs on (land or other property) forbidding trespassing: The estate has been posted by the owner.
to submit (an online message) to a message board or electronic mailing list.
to place (text, images, etc.) on a website: I just posted some photos of my trip.
to submit an online message to a message board or electronic mailing list.
to place text, images, etc., on a website.
- post·less, adverb
- post·like, adjective
Other definitions for post (2 of 5)
a position of duty, employment, or trust to which one is assigned or appointed: a diplomatic post.
the station or rounds of a person on duty, as a soldier, sentry or nurse.
a military station with permanent buildings.
a local unit of a veterans' organization.
Also called trading post . a place on the floor in the stock exchange where a particular stock is traded.
(in the British military services) either of two bugle calls (first post and last post ) giving notice of the time to retire for the night, similar in purpose to the U.S. taps.
the body of troops occupying a military station.
to place or station at a post.
to provide or put up, as bail.
to appoint to a post of command.
Other definitions for post (3 of 5)
a single dispatch or delivery of mail.
the mail itself.
the letters and packages being delivered to a single recipient.
an established mail system or service, especially under government authority.
British. post office (def. 1).
(formerly) one of a series of stations along a route, for furnishing relays of men and horses for carrying mail, currency, etc.
(formerly) a person who traveled express, especially over a fixed route, carrying mail, currency, etc.
Printing. a size of printing paper or, especially in Britain, of drawing or writing paper, about 16 × 20 inches (41 × 51 centimeters).
post octavo, a size of book, from about 5 × 8 inches to 5.25 × 8.25 inches (13 × 20 centimeters to 13.33 × 21 centimeters), untrimmed, in the United States; 5 × 8 inches (13 × 20 centimeters), untrimmed, in England. Abbreviation: post 8vo
post quarto, Chiefly British. a size of book, about 8 × 10 inches (20 × 25 cm), untrimmed. Abbreviation: post 4vo
Chiefly British. to place in a post office or a mailbox for transmission; mail.
to transfer (an entry or item), as from the journal to the ledger.
to enter (an item) in due place and form.
to make all the requisite entries in (the ledger, etc.).
to supply with up-to-date information; inform: Keep me posted on his activities.
Manège. to rise from and descend to the saddle in accordance with the rhythm of a horse at a trot.
to travel with speed; go or pass rapidly; hasten.
with speed or haste; posthaste.
by post or courier.
with post horses.
Other definitions for Post (4 of 5)
Charles William, 1854–1914, U.S. businessman: developed breakfast foods.
Emily Price, 1873?–1960, U.S. writer on social etiquette.
George Browne, 1837–1913, U.S. architect.
Wiley, 1899–1935, U.S. aviator.
Other definitions for post- (5 of 5)
a prefix, meaning “behind,” “after,” “later,” “subsequent to,” “posterior to,” occurring originally in loanwords from Latin (postscript), but now used freely in the formation of compound words (post-Elizabethan; postfix; postgraduate; postorbital).
a prefix occurring in compound words that refer to an environment in which the thing expressed in the second element of the word is no longer relevant or significant (post-truth; post-fact; post-race; post-gender).
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In the wake of this turmoil, the New York post reported that the police had stopped policing.
I waited three months more, in great impatience, then sent him back to the same post, to see if there might be a reply.The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
If Mac had been alone he would have made the post by sundown, for the Mounted Police rode picked horses, the best money could buy.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The Café tender was asleep in his chair; the porter had gone off; the sentinel alone kept awake on his post.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Harry had no further adventures in reaching Fulton, and at once reported to Captain Duffield, who was in command of the post.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
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British Dictionary definitions for post (1 of 5)
a length of wood, metal, etc, fixed upright in the ground to serve as a support, marker, point of attachment, etc
either of two upright poles marking the beginning (starting post) and end (winning post) of a racecourse
the finish of a horse race
any of the main upright supports of a piece of furniture, such as a four-poster bed
(sometimes foll by up) to fasten or put up (a notice) in a public place
to announce by means of or as if by means of a poster: to post banns
to publish (a name) on a list
British Dictionary definitions for post (2 of 5)
a position to which a person is appointed or elected; appointment; job
a position or station to which a person, such as a sentry, is assigned for duty
(tr) to assign to or station at a particular place or position
mainly British to transfer to a different unit or ship on taking up a new appointment, etc
British Dictionary definitions for post (3 of 5)
mainly British letters, packages, etc, that are transported and delivered by the Post Office; mail
mainly British a single collection or delivery of mail
British an official system of mail delivery
an item of electronic mail made publicly available
(formerly) any of a series of stations furnishing relays of men and horses to deliver mail over a fixed route
a rider who carried mail between such stations
British another word for pillar box
British short for post office
a size of writing or printing paper, 15 1/4 by 19 inches or 16 1/2 by 21 inches (large post)
any of various book sizes, esp 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches (post octavo) and 8 1/4 by 10 1/4 inches (post quarto)
by return of post British by the next mail in the opposite direction
(tr) mainly British to send by post: US and Canadian word: mail
(tr) to make (electronic mail) publicly available
to enter (an item) in a ledger
(often foll by up) to compile or enter all paper items in (a ledger)
(tr) to inform of the latest news (esp in the phrase keep someone posted)
(intr) (of a rider) to rise from and reseat oneself in a saddle in time with the motions of a trotting horse; perform a rising trot
(intr) (formerly) to travel with relays of post horses
archaic to travel or dispatch with speed; hasten
with speed; rapidly
by means of post horses
British Dictionary definitions for POST (4 of 5)
point of sales terminal
British Dictionary definitions for post- (5 of 5)
after in time or sequence; following; subsequent: postgraduate
behind; posterior to: postorbital
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Scientific definitions for post-
A prefix that means after, as in postoperative, after an operation, or behind, as in postnasal, behind the nose or nasal passages.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with post
see deaf as a post; from pillar to post; keep posted.
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