Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Post-fine noun [ Prefix post- + fine .] (O. Eng. Law) A duty paid to the king by the cognizee in a fine of lands, when the same was fully passed; -- called also the king's silver .
Post-impressionism noun (Painting) In the broadest sense, the theory or practice of any of several groups of recent painters, or of these groups taken collectively, whose work and theories have in common a tendency to reaction against the scientific and naturalistic character of impressionism and neo-impressionism. In a strict sense the term post- impressionism is used to denote the effort at self-expression, rather than representation, shown in the work of Cézanne, Matisse, etc.; but it is more broadly used to include cubism , the theory or practice of a movement in both painting and sculpture which lays stress upon volume as the important attribute of objects and attempts its expression by the use of geometrical figures or solids only; and futurism , a theory or practice which attempts to place the observer within the picture and to represent simultaneously a number of consecutive movements and impressions. In practice these theories and methods of the post-impressionists change with great rapidity and shade into one another, so that a picture may be both cubist and futurist in character. They tend to, and sometimes reach, a condition in which both representation and traditional decoration are entirely abolished and a work of art becomes a purely subjective expression in an arbitrary and personal language.
Post-mortem adjective [ Latin , after death.] After death; as, post-mortem rigidity. Post-mortem examination (Medicine) , an examination of the body made after the death of the patient; an autopsy.
Postexist intransitive verb [ Prefix post- + exist .] To exist after; to live subsequently. [ Obsolete or R.]
Postexistence noun Subsequent existence.
Postexistent adjective Existing or living after. [ R.] " Postexistent atoms." Cudworth.
[ See Post-
, and Fact
.] Relating to a fact that occurs after another.
Postfact noun A fact that occurs after another. "Confirmed upon the postfact ." Fuller.
[ Late Latin ] (Rom. & Eng. Law) Same as Postfact .
; plural Postfixes
. [ Prefix post-
, as in prefix
: confer French postfixe
.] (Gram.) A letter, syllable, or word, added to the end of another word; a suffix. Parkhurst.
Postfix transitive verb To annex; specifically (Gram.) , to add or annex, as a letter, syllable, or word, to the end of another or principal word; to suffix. Parkhurst.
Postfrontal adjective [ Prefix post- + frontal .] (Anat.) Situated behind the frontal bone or the frontal region of the skull; -- applied especially to a bone back of and below the frontal in many animals. -- noun A postfrontal bone.
; plural Postfurcæ
. [ New Latin , from post
behind + furca
a fork.] (Zoology) One of the internal thoracic processes of the sternum of an insect.
Postgeniture noun [ Prefix post- + Latin genitura birth, geniture.] The condition of being born after another in the same family; -- distinguished from primogeniture . [ R.] Sir T. Browne.
Postglacial adjective (Geol.) (a) Formed or occurring after the last glacial epoch of the Pleistocene period, or at a locality within the area of Pleistocene glaciation after the final disappearance of the glacier from the locality. (b) Of, pertaining to, or designating, an epoch after the last Glacial and before the Terrace epoch. [ R.]
Postglenoid adjective [ Prefix post- + glenoid .] (Anat.) Situated behind the glenoid fossa of the temporal bone.
Postgraduate adjective [ Prefix post- + graduate .] Of, pertaining to, or designating, the studies pursued after graduation, esp., after receiving the bachelor's degree at a college; graduate. -- noun A student who pursues such studies. » Most careful writers consider the word graduate to be the proper word to use in this sense.
Posthaste noun Haste or speed in traveling, like that of a post or courier. Shak.
Posthaste adverb With speed or expedition; as, he traveled posthaste ; to send posthaste . Shak.
Posthetomy noun [ Greek po`sqh prepuce + te`mnein to cut.] (Medicine) Circumcision. Dunglison.
1. A house established for the convenience of the post, where relays of horses can be obtained. 2. A house for distributing the malls; a post office.
Posthume, Posthumed adjective Posthumous. [ Obsolete] I. Watts. Fuller.
[ Latin posthumus
, properly, last; hence, late born (applied to children born after the father's death, or after he had made his will), superl. of posterus
. See Posterior
.] 1. Born after the death of the father, or taken from the dead body of the mother; as, a posthumous son or daughter. 2. Published after the death of the author; as, posthumous works; a posthumous edition. 3. Being or continuing after one's death; as, a posthumous reputation. Addison. Sir T. Browne.
Posthumously adverb In a posthumous manner; after one's decease.
Postic adjective [ Latin posticus , from post after, behind.] Backward. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Posticous adjective [ Latin posticus .] (Botany) (a) Posterior. (b) Situated on the outer side of a filament; -- said of an extrorse anther.
[ French postille
, Late Latin postilla
, probably from Latin post illa
) after those (words). Confer Apostil
.] 1. Originally, an explanatory note in the margin of the Bible, so called because written after the text; hence, a marginal note; a comment.
Langton also made postils upon the whole Bible. Foxe. 2. (R. C. Ch. & Luth. Ch.) A short homily or commentary on a passage of Scripture; as, the first postils were composed by order of Charlemagne.
Postil transitive verb [ Confer Late Latin postillare .] To write marginal or explanatory notes on; to gloss. Bacon.
Postil intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Postiled
; present participle & verbal noun Postiling
.] To write postils, or marginal notes; to comment; to postillate.
Postiling and allegorizing on Scripture. J. H. Newman.
Postiler noun [ Written also postiller .] One who writers marginal notes; one who illustrates the text of a book by notes in the margin. Sir T. Browne.
[ French postillon
, Italian postiglione
, from posta
post. See Post
a postman.] One who rides and guides the first pair of horses of a coach or post chaise; also, one who rides one of the horses when one pair only is used.
[ Written also postillion
Postillate transitive verb
[ Late Latin postillatus
, past participle of postillare
.] To explain by marginal notes; to postil.
Tracts . . . postillated by his own hand. C. Knight.
Postillate intransitive verb
1. To write postils; to comment. 2. To preach by expounding Scripture verse by verse, in regular order.
Postillation noun [ Late Latin postillatio .] The act of postillating; exposition of Scripture in preaching.
Postillator noun [ Late Latin ] One who postillates; one who expounds the Scriptures verse by verse.
Posting noun Posting house , a post house.
1. The act of traveling post. 2. (Bookkeeping) The act of transferring an account, as from the journal to the ledger.
[ See Postliminium
.] Contrived, done, or existing subsequently.
after applications of them to their purposes." South.
Postliminiary adjective Pertaining to, or involving, the right of postliminium.
Postliminium, Postliminy noun [ Latin postliminium , post after + limen , liminis , a threshold.]
1. (Rom. Antiq.) The return to his own country, and his former privileges, of a person who had gone to sojourn in a foreign country, or had been banished, or taken by an enemy. Burrill. 2. (Internat. Law) The right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former state when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged. Kent.
Postlude noun [ Prefix post- + -lude , as in prelude .] (Medicine) A voluntary at the end of a service.
; plural Postmen 1. A post or courier; a letter carrier. 2. (Eng. Law) One of the two most experienced barristers in the Court of Exchequer, who have precedence in motions; -- so called from the place where he sits. The other of the two is called the tubman . Whishaw.
Postmark noun The mark, or stamp, of a post office on a letter, giving the place and date of mailing or of arrival.
Postmark transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Postmarked
; present participle & verbal noun Postmarking
.] To mark with a post-office stamp; as, to postmark a letter or parcel.
1. One who has charge of a station for the accommodation of travelers; one who supplies post horses. 2. One who has charge of a post office, and the distribution and forwarding of mails.
; plural Postmasters-general
. The chief officer of the post-office department of a government. In the United States the postmaster-general is a member of the cabinet.
Postmastership noun The office of postmaster.
[ Latin postmeridianus
after + meridianus
. See Meridian
.] 1. Coming after the sun has passed the meridian; being in, or belonging to, the afternoon. (Abbrev. P. M. ) 2. Fig., belonging to the after portion of life; late.
Postnares noun plural
[ New Latin See Post-
, and Nares
.] (Anat.) The posterior nares. See Nares .
Postnatal adjective [ Prefix post- + natal .] After birth; subsequent to birth; as, postnatal infanticide; postnatal diseases.