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post

a. 1. Hired to do what is wrong; suborned.
n. 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 house.
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.
- Milton.
Unto his order he was a noble post.
- Chaucer.
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. Rowlands.
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 in.
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.

1. The place at which anything is stopped, placed, or fixed; a station.
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.
5. One who has charge of a station, especially of a postal station.
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 Paper.Post and pair
an old game at cards, in which each player a hand of three cards.
Post bag
a mail bag.
- B. Jonson.
Post bill
a bill of letters mailed by a postmaster.
Post chaise
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.
Post horn
a horn, or trumpet, carried and blown by a carrier of the public mail, or by a coachman.
- Sir H. Wotton.
Post horse
a horse stationed, intended, or used for the post.
Post hour
hour for posting letters.
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
- Dickens.
b - The governmental system for forwarding mail matter.
Postoffice order
See Money order, under Money.
Post road
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.

v. t. 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.
[imp. & p. p. Posted; p. pr. & vb. n. Posting.]
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.
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.
- Arbuthnot.
6. To place in the care of the post; to mail; as, to post a letter.
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. Rev.
To post off
to put off; to delay.
To post over
to hurry over.
- Baxter.

v. i. 1. To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste.
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.
adv. 1. With post horses; hence, in haste; as, to travel post

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