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post1 (pəʊst)
1.  a length of wood, metal, etc, fixed upright in the ground to serve as a support, marker, point of attachment, etc
2.  horse racing
 a.  either of two upright poles marking the beginning (starting post) and end (winning post) of a racecourse
 b.  the finish of a horse race
3.  any of the main upright supports of a piece of furniture, such as a four-poster bed
4.  (sometimes foll by up) to fasten or put up (a notice) in a public place
5.  to announce by means of or as if by means of a poster: to post banns
6.  to publish (a name) on a list
[Old English, from Latin postis; related to Old High German first ridgepole, Greek pastas colonnade]

post2 (pəʊst)
1.  a position to which a person is appointed or elected; appointment; job
2.  a position or station to which a person, such as a sentry, is assigned for duty
3.  a permanent military establishment
4.  (Brit) either of two military bugle calls (first post and last post) ordering or giving notice of the time to retire for the night
5.  trading post See trading post
6.  (tr) to assign to or station at a particular place or position
7.  chiefly (Brit) to transfer to a different unit or ship on taking up a new appointment, etc
[C16: from French poste, from Italian posto, ultimately from Latin pōnere to place]

post3 (pəʊst)
1.  chiefly (Brit) letters, packages, etc, that are transported and delivered by the Post Office; mail
2.  chiefly (Brit) a single collection or delivery of mail
3.  (Brit) an official system of mail delivery
4.  an item of electronic mail made publicly available
5.  (formerly) any of a series of stations furnishing relays of men and horses to deliver mail over a fixed route
6.  a rider who carried mail between such stations
7.  (Brit) another word for pillar box
8.  (Brit) short for post office
9.  a size of writing or printing paper, 151⁄4 by 19 inches or 16½ by 21 inches (large post)
10.  any of various book sizes, esp 51⁄4 by 81⁄4 inches (post octavo) and 81⁄4 by 101⁄4 inches (post quarto)
11.  (Brit) by return of post by the next mail in the opposite direction
12.  chiefly (Brit) (tr) US and Canadian word: mail to send by post
13.  (tr) to make (electronic mail) publicly available
14.  (tr) accounting
 a.  to enter (an item) in a ledger
 b.  (often foll by up) to compile or enter all paper items in (a ledger)
15.  (tr) to inform of the latest news (esp in the phrase keep someone posted)
16.  (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
17.  (intr) (formerly) to travel with relays of post horses
18.  archaic to travel or dispatch with speed; hasten
19.  with speed; rapidly
20.  by means of post horses
[C16: via French from Italian poste, from Latin posita something placed, from pōnere to put, place]

abbreviation for
point of sales terminal

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Word Origin & History

"upright timber," O.E. post "pillar, doorpost," and O.Fr. post, both from L. postis "post," perhaps from por- "forth" + stare "to stand" (see stet). Similar compound in Skt. prstham "back, roof, peak," Avestan parshti "back," Gk. pastas "porch in front of a house, colonnade,"
M.H.G. virst "ridepole," Lith. pirstas, O.C.S. pristu "finger" (PIE *por-st-i-). The verb meaning "to affix (a paper, etc.) to a post" (in a public place) is first recorded 1650.

"place when on duty," 1598, from M.Fr. poste "place where one is stationed," also, "station for post horses" (16c.), from It. posto "post, station," from V.L. *postum, from L. postium, neut. pp. of ponere "to place, to put" (see position). Earliest sense in Eng. was military;
meaning "job, position" is attested 1695. The figurative sense of "carrying" by post horses is also behind the verb in bookkeeping (1622) meaning "to transfer from a day book to a formal account." To keep (someone) posted "supply with news" is 1847, Amer.Eng.

"mail system," 1506, from post (2) on notion of riders and horses posted at intervals along a route to speed mail in relays, from M.Fr. poste in this sense (1477). The verb meaning "to send through the postal system" is recorded from 1837. Postmark (n.) is first recorded 1678; postman first recorded
1529; postcard is from 1870. Post office first recorded 1652 as "public department in charge of letter-carrying;" Meaning "Building where postal business is carried on" is from 1657. In slang or euphemistic sense of "sexual game" it refers to a parlor game first attested early 1850s in which pretend "letters" were paid for by kisses.

"to put up bail money," 1781, from one of the posts, but which one is uncertain.
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Medical Dictionary

post- pref.

  1. After; later: postpartum.

  2. Behind; posterior to: postaxial.

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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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Post definition

(1.) A runner, or courier, for the rapid transmission of letters, etc. (2 Chr. 30:6; Esther 3:13, 15; 8:10, 14; Job 9:25; Jer. 51:31). Such messengers were used from very early times. Those employed by the Hebrew kings had a military character (1 Sam. 22:17; 2 Kings 10:25, "guard," marg. "runners"). The modern system of postal communication was first established by Louis XI. of France in A.D. 1464. (2.) This word sometimes also is used for lintel or threshold (Isa. 6:4).

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