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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.
Unto his order he was a noble post.
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.
(Mach.) a bearing for a revolving shaft, adapted to be fastened
to a post.
a hole in the ground to set the foot of a post in.
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.
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.
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
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.
7. A size of printing and writing paper. See the Table under Paper.Post
an old game at cards, in which each player a hand of three cards.
a mail bag.
- B. Jonson.
a bill of letters mailed by a postmaster.
a carriage usually with four wheels, for the conveyance of travelers
who travel post.
a day on which the mall arrives or departs.
a hired post horse.
a horn, or trumpet, carried and blown by a carrier of the public
mail, or by a coachman.
- Sir H. Wotton.
a horse stationed, intended, or used for the post.
hour for posting letters.
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
b - The governmental system for forwarding mail matter.
See Money order, under Money.
a road or way over which the mail is carried.
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.
3. To enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, or the
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
You have not posted your books these ten years.
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.
v. i. 1. To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in
And post o'er land and ocean without rest.
2. (Man.) To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with post
loads the motion of the horse, esp. in trotting.
adv. 1. With post horses; hence, in haste; as, to travel post Noun
1. loads - a large number or amount; "made lots of new friends";
"she amassed a mountain of newspapers"
Synonyms: dozens, gobs, heaps, lashings, lots, rafts, scads, scores,
slews, stacks, tons, wads, oodles, piles, mountain
dozens, gobs, heaps, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity,
lashings, lots, mountain, oodles, piles, rafts, scads, scores, slews,
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