Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Posset noun [ W. posel curdled milk, posset.] A beverage composed of hot milk curdled by some strong infusion, as by wine, etc., -- much in favor formerly. "I have drugged their posset ." Shak.
Posset transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Posseted
; present participle & verbal noun Posseting
.] 1. To curdle; to turn, as milk; to coagulate; as, to posset the blood.
[ Obsolete] Shak. 2. To treat with possets; to pamper.
[ R.] "She was cosseted and posseted
." O. W. Holmes.
; plural Possibilities
. [ French possibilité
, Latin possibilitas
.] 1. The quality or state of being possible; the power of happening, being, or existing.
of error." Hooker.
of excellence." Johnson. 2. That which is possible; a contingency; a thing or event that may not happen; a contingent interest, as in real or personal estate. South. Burrill.
[ French, from Latin possibilis
, from posse
to be able, to have power; potis
able, capable + esse
to be. See Potent
, and confer Host
a landlord.] Capable of existing or occurring, or of being conceived or thought of; able to happen; capable of being done; not contrary to the nature of things; -- sometimes used to express extreme improbability; barely able to be, or to come to pass; as, possibly he is honest, as it is possible that Judas meant no wrong.
With God all things are possible . Matt. xix. 26. Syn.
-- Practicable; likely. See Practicable
Possibly adverb In a possible manner; by possible means; especially, by extreme, remote, or improbable intervention, change, or exercise of power; by a chance; perhaps; as, possibly he may recover.
Can we . . . possibly his love desert? Milton.
When possibly I can, I will return. Shak.
Possum noun [ Shortened from opossum .] (Zoology) An opossum. [ Colloq. U. S.] To play possum , To act possum , to feign ignorance, indifference or inattention, with the intent to deceive; to dissemble; -- in allusion to the habit of the opossum, which feigns death when attacked or alarmed.
Post adjective [ French aposter to place in a post or position, generally for a bad purpose.] Hired to do what is wrong; suborned. [ Obsolete] Sir E. Sandys.
[ Anglo-Saxon , from Latin postis
, akin to ponere
, to place. See Position
, and confer 4th Post
.] 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, Milton.
The gates of Azza, post and massy bar.
Unto his order he was a noble post . Chaucer.
, in the sense of an upright timber or strut, is used in composition, in such words as king- post
, queen- post
, crown- post
, gate post
, etc. 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 S. Rowlands. From pillar to post
I will discharge your post .
. See under Pillar .
-- Knight of the post
. See under Knight .
-- Post hanger (Machinery)
, 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.
[ French poste
, Late Latin posta
station, post (where horses were kept), properly, a fixed or set place, fem. from Latin positus
placed, past participle of ponere
. See Position
, and confer Post
a pillar.] 1. The place at which anything is stopped, placed, or fixed; a station.
Specifically: (a) A station, or one of a series of stations, established for the refreshment and accommodation of travelers on some recognized route; as, a stage or railway post . (b) A military station; the place at which a soldier or a body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such a station. (c) The piece of ground to which a sentinel's walk is limited. 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, 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.
Receiving them from such a worthless post .
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.
[ Obsolete] "In post
he came." Shak. 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. B. Jonson.
-- Post bag
, a mail bag.
-- Post bill
, a bill of letters mailed by a postmaster.
-- Post chaise
, or Post coach
, 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. Sir H. Wotton.
-- Post horn
, a horn, or trumpet, carried and blown by a carrier of the public mail, or by a coachman.
-- Post horse
, a horse stationed, intended, or used for the post.
-- Post hour
, hour for posting letters. Dickens.
-- 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
. (b) The governmental system for forwarding mail matter.
-- Postoffice order
. See Money order , under Money .
-- Post road
, or Post route
, 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.
Post transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Posted
; present participle & verbal noun Posting
.] 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.
» Formerly, a large post was erected before the sheriff's office, or in some public place, upon which legal notices were displayed. This way of advertisement has not entirely gone of use. 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 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.
Fail not, at four, to meet me.
"It might be to obtain a ship for a lieutenant, . . . or to get him posted
." De Quincey. 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.
[ Obsolete] "Why did I, venturously, post off
so great a business?" Baxter.
-- To post over
, to hurry over.
[ Obsolete] Fuller.
Post intransitive verb
[ Confer Old French poster
. See 4th Post
.] 1. To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste.
seedily to my lord your husband." Shak.
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.
Post adverb With post horses; hence, in haste; as, to travel post .
Post note (Com.) A note issued by a bank, payable at some future specified time, as distinguished from a note payable on demand. Burrill.
Post office noun See under 4th Post .
Post- (pōst). [ Latin post behind, after; confer Sanskrit paçcā behind, afterwards.] A prefix signifying behind , back , after ; as, post commissure, post dot, post script.
Post-abdomen noun [ Prefix post- + abdomen .] (Zoology) That part of a crustacean behind the cephalothorax; -- more commonly called abdomen .
Post-captain noun A captain of a war vessel whose name appeared, or was "posted," in the seniority list of the British navy, as distinguished from a commander whose name was not so posted. The term was also used in the United States navy; but no such commission as post-captain was ever recognized in either service, and the term has fallen into disuse.
Post-disseizin noun [ Prefix post- + disseizin .] (O. Eng. Law) A subsequent disseizin committed by one of lands which the disseizee had before recovered of the same disseizor; a writ founded on such subsequent disseizin, now abolished. Burrill. Tomlins.
Post-disseizor noun [ Prefix post- + disseizor .] (O. Eng. Law) A person who disseizes another of lands which the disseizee had before recovered of the same disseizor. Blackstone.
Postable adjective Capable of being carried by, or as by, post. [ Obsolete] W. Montagu.
Postact noun An act done afterward.
Postage noun The price established by law to be paid for the conveyance of a letter or other mailable matter by a public post. Postage stamp , a government stamp required to be put upon articles sent by mail in payment of the postage, esp. an adhesive stamp issued and sold for that purpose.
[ Confer French postal
.] Belonging to the post office or mail service; as, postal arrangements; postal authorities. Postal card
, or Post card
, a card sold by the government for transmission through the mails, at a lower rate of postage than a sealed letter. The message is written on one side of the card, and the direction on the other.
-- Postal money order
. See Money order , under Money .
-- Postal note
, an order payable to bearer, for a sum of money (in the United States less than five dollars under existing law), issued from one post office and payable at another specified office.
-- Postal Union
, a union for postal purposes entered into by the most important powers, or governments, which have agreed to transport mail matter through their several territories at a stipulated rate.
Postanal adjective [ Prefix post- + anal .] (Anat.) Situated behind, or posterior to, the anus.
Postaxial adjective [ Prefix post- + axial .] (Anat.) Situated behind any transverse axis in the body of an animal; caudal; posterior; especially, behind, or on the caudal or posterior (that is, ulnar or fibular) side of, the axis of a vertebrate limb.
1. One who rides post horses; a position; a courier. 2. A boy who carries letters from the post.
; plural Postcavæ
. [ New Latin See Post-
, and Cave
] (Anat.) The inferior vena cava.
-- Post"ca`val adjective B. G. Wilder.
Postclavicle noun [ Prefix post- + clavicle .] (Anat.) A bone in the pectoral girdle of many fishes projecting backward from the clavicle. -- Post`*cla*vic"u*lar adjective
Postcommissure noun [ Prefix post- + commisure .] (Anat.) A transverse commisure in the posterior part of the roof of the third ventricle of the brain; the posterior cerebral commisure. B. G. Wilder.
Postcommunion noun [ Prefix post- + communion .]
1. (Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch.) The concluding portion of the communion service. 2. (R. C. Ch.) A prayer or prayers which the priest says at Mass, after the ablutions.
; plural Postcornua
. [ New Latin See Post-
, and Cornu
.] (Anat.) The posterior horn of each lateral ventricle of the brain. B. G. Wilder.
Postdate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Postdated
; present participle & verbal noun Postdating
.] [ Prefix post-
.] 1. To date after the real time; as, to postdate a contract, that is, to date it later than the time when it was in fact made. 2. To affix a date to after the event.
Postdate adjective Made or done after the date assigned.
Of these [ predictions] some were postdate ; cunningly made after the thing came to pass. Fuller.
Postdate noun A date put to a bill of exchange or other paper, later than that when it was actually made.
Postdiluvial, Postdiluvian adjective [ Prefix post- + diluvial , diluvian .] Being or happening after the flood in Noah's days.
Postdiluvian noun One who lived after the flood.
Postea noun [ Latin , after these or those (things), afterward.] (Law) The return of the judge before whom a cause was tried, after a verdict, of what was done in the cause, which is indorsed on the nisi prius record. Wharton.
Postel noun Apostle. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Postencephalon noun (Anat.) The metencephalon.
Postentry noun [ Prefix post- + entry .]
1. A second or subsequent, at the customhouse, of goods which had been omitted by mistake. 2. (Bookkeeping) An additional or subsequent entry.
1. A large bill or placard intended to be posted in public places. 2. One who posts bills; a billposter.
[ Latin posterior
, compar. of posterus
coming after, from post
after. See Post-
.] 1. Later in time; hence, later in the order of proceeding or moving; coming after; -- opposed to prior .
Hesiod was posterior to Homer. Broome. 2. Situated behind; hinder; -- opposed to anterior . 3. (Anat.) At or toward the caudal extremity; caudal; -- in human anatomy often used for dorsal . 4. (Botany) On the side next the axis of inflorescence; -- said of an axillary flower. Gray.
Posteriority noun [ Confer French postériorité .] The state of being later or subsequent; as, posteriority of time, or of an event; -- opposed to priority .
Posteriorly adverb Subsequently in time; also, behind in position.
Posteriors noun plural The hinder parts, as of an animal's body. Swift.
[ Latin posteritas
: confer French postérité
. See Posterior
.] 1. The race that proceeds from a progenitor; offspring to the furthest generation; the aggregate number of persons who are descended from an ancestor of a generation; descendants; -- contrasted with ancestry ; as, the posterity of Abraham.
If [ the crown] should not stand in thy posterity . Shak. 2. Succeeding generations; future times. Shak.
Their names shall be transmitted to posterity . Shak.
Their names shall be transmitted to posterity . Smalridge.
[ Old French posterne
, French poterne
, from Latin posterula
, from posterus
coming after. See Posterior
.] 1. Originally, a back door or gate; a private entrance; hence, any small door or gate.
He by a privy postern took his flight. Spenser.
Out at the postern , by the abbey wall. Shak. 2. (Fort.) A subterraneous passage communicating between the parade and the main ditch, or between the ditches and the interior of the outworks. Mahan.
Postern adjective Back; being behind; private. "The postern door." Dryden.
Postero - A combining form meaning posterior , back ; as, postero -inferior, situated back and below; postero -lateral, situated back and at the side.
Postexilian, Postexilic adjective After the exile;
specif. (Jewish Hist.)
, belonging to a period subsequent to the Babylonian captivity or exile ( b. c. 597 or about 586-about 537).