Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Post-obit noun , or Post-o"bit bond` [ Prefix post- + obit .] (Law) A bond in which the obligor, in consideration of having received a certain sum of money, binds himself to pay a larger sum, on unusual interest, on the death of some specified individual from whom he has expectations. Bouvier.
Post-temporal adjective [ Prefix post- + temporal .] (Anat.) Situated back of the temporal bone or the temporal region of the skull; -- applied especially to a bone which usually connects the supraclavicle with the skull in the pectoral arch of fishes. -- noun A post-temporal bone.
[ New Latin See Post-
, and Tragus
.] (Anat.) A ridge within and behind the tragus in the ear of some animals.
Post-tympanic adjective [ Prefix post- + tympanic .] (Anat.) Situated behind the tympanum, or in the skull, behind the auditory meatus.
Postnate adjective [ Late Latin postnatus second or subsequently born; Latin post after + natus born.] Subsequent. "The graces and gifts of the spirit are postnate ." [ Archaic] Jer. Taylor.
Postnuptial adjective [ Prefix post- + nuptial .] Being or happening after marriage; as, a postnuptial settlement on a wife. Kent.
[ New Latin See Post-
, and Oblongata
.] (Anat.) The posterior part of the medulla oblongata. B. G. Wilder.
Postocular adjective & noun
[ Prefix post-
.] (Zoology) Same as Postorbital .
Postoral adjective [ Prefix post- + oral .] (Anat.) Situated behind, or posterior to, the mouth.
Postorbital adjective [ Prefix post- + orbital .] (Anat. & Zoology) Situated behind the orbit; as, the postorbital scales of some fishes and reptiles. -- noun A postorbital bone or scale.
Postpaid adjective Having the postage prepaid, as a letter.
Postpalatine adjective [ Prefix post- + palatine .] (Anat.) Situated behind the palate, or behind the palatine bones.
Postpliocene adjective (Geol.)
[ Prefix post-
.] Of or pertaining to the period immediately following the Pliocene; Pleistocene. Also used as a noun. See Quaternary .
Postpone transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Postponed
; present participle & verbal noun Postponing
.] [ Latin postponere
after + ponere
to place, put. See Post-
, and Position
.] 1. To defer to a future or later time; to put off; also, to cause to be deferred or put off; to delay; to adjourn; as, to postpone the consideration of a bill to the following day, or indefinitely.
His praise postponed , and never to be paid. Cowper. 2. To place after, behind, or below something, in respect to precedence, preference, value, or importance.
All other considerations should give way and be postponed to this. Locke. Syn.
-- To adjourn; defer; delay; procrastinate.
Postponement noun The act of postponing; a deferring, or putting off, to a future time; a temporary delay. Macaulay.
Postponence noun [ From Latin postponens , present participle] The act of postponing, in sense 2. [ Obsolete] Johnson.
Postponer noun One who postpones.
Postpose transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Postposed
; present participle & verbal noun Postposing
.] [ French postposer
. See Post-
, and Pose
, transitive verb
] To postpone.
[ Obsolete] Fuller.
Postposit transitive verb
[ Latin postpositus
, past participle See Postpone
.] To postpone.
[ Obsolete] Feltham.
[ Confer French postposition
. See Postpone
.] 1. The act of placing after, or the state of being placed after.
of the nominative case to the verb." Mede. 2. A word or particle placed after, or at the end of, another word; -- distinguished from preposition .
Postpositional adjective Of or pertaining to postposition.
[ See Postpone
.] Placed after another word; as, a postpositive conjunction; a postpositive letter.
- - Post*pos"i*tive*ly
Postprandial adjective [ Prefix post- + prandial .] Happening, or done, after dinner; after- dinner; as, postprandial speeches.
Postremogeniture noun [ Latin postremus last + genitura birth, geniture.] The right of the youngest born. Mozley & W.
Postremote adjective [ Prefix post- + remote .] More remote in subsequent time or order.
Postrider noun One who rides over a post road to carry the mails. Bancroft.
[ New Latin See Post-
, and Scapula
.] (Anat.) The part of the scapula behind or below the spine, or mesoscapula.
Postscapular adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the postscapula; infraspinous.
Postscenium noun [ Latin , from post + scena a scene.] The part of a theater behind the scenes; the back part of the stage of a theater.
Postscribe transitive verb
[ Latin postscribere
. See Postscript
.] To make a postscript.
[ R.] T. Adams.
[ Latin postscriptus
, (assumed) past participle of postscribere
to write after; post
after + scribere
to write: confer French postscriptum
. See Post-
, and Scribe
.] A paragraph added to a letter after it is concluded and signed by the writer; an addition made to a book or composition after the main body of the work has been finished, containing something omitted, or something new occurring to the writer.
[ Abbrev. P. S.]
Postscripted adjective Having a postscript; added in a postscript. [ R.] J. Q. Adams.
[ New Latin See Post-
, and Scutellum
.] (Zoology) The hindermost dorsal piece of a thoracic somite of an insect; the plate behind the scutellum.
Postsphenoid adjective [ Prefix post- + sphenoid .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the posterior part of the sphenoid bone.
Posttertiary adjective [ Prefix post- + tertiary .] (Geol.) Following, or more recent than, the Tertiary; Quaternary.
[ French, from Latin postulans
, present participle of postulare
. See Postulate
.] One who makes a request or demand; hence, a candidate.
[ Latin postulatum
a demand, request, propast participle p. of postulare
to demand, probably a dim. of poscere
to demand, probably for porcscere
; akin to German forschen
to search, investigate, Sanskrit prach
to ask, and Latin precari
to pray: confer French postulat
. See Pray
.] 1. Something demanded or asserted; especially, a position or supposition assumed without proof, or one which is considered as self-evident; a truth to which assent may be demanded or challenged, without argument or evidence. 2. (Geom.) The enunciation of a self- evident problem, in distinction from an axiom , which is the enunciation of a self-evident theorem.
The distinction between a postulate and an axiom lies in this, -- that the latter is admitted to be self-evident, while the former may be agreed upon between two reasoners, and admitted by both, but not as proposition which it would be impossible to deny. Eng. Cyc.
Postulate adjective Postulated. [ Obsolete] Hudibras.
Postulate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Postulated
; present participle & verbal noun Postulating
.] 1. To beg, or assume without proof; as, to postulate conclusions. 2. To take without express consent; to assume.
The Byzantine emperors appear to have . . . postulated a sort of paramount supremacy over this nation. W. Tooke. 3. To invite earnestly; to solicit.
[ Obsolete] Bp. Burnet.
Postulated adjective Assumed without proof; as, a postulated inference. Sir T. Browne.
Postulation noun [ Latin postulatio : confer French postulation .] The act of postulating, or that which is postulated; assumption; solicitation; suit; cause.
Postulatory adjective [ Latin postulatorius .] Of the nature of a postulate. Sir T. Browne.
; plural Postulata
. [ Latin See Postulate
] A postulate. Addison.
Postural adjective Of or pertaining to posture.
[ French, from Latin positura
, from ponere
, to place. See Position
.] 1. The position of the body; the situation or disposition of the several parts of the body with respect to each other, or for a particular purpose; especially (Fine Arts) , the position of a figure with regard to the several principal members by which action is expressed; attitude.
Atalanta, the posture of whose limbs was so lively expressed . . . one would have sworn the very picture had run. Sir P. Sidney.
In most strange postures Shak.
We have seen him set himself.
The posture of a poetic figure is a description of his heroes in the performance of such or such an action. Dryden. 2. Place; position; situation.
[ Obsolete] Milton.
His [ man's] noblest posture and station in this world. Sir M. Hale. 3. State or condition, whether of external circumstances, or of internal feeling and will; disposition; mood; as, a posture of defense; the posture of affairs.
The several postures of his devout soul. Atterbury. Syn.
-- Attitude; position. See Attitude
Posture transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Postured
; present participle & verbal noun Posturing
.] To place in a particular position or attitude; to dispose the parts of, with reference to a particular purpose; as, to posture one's self; to posture a model. Howell.
Posture intransitive verb
1. To assume a particular posture or attitude; to contort the body into artificial attitudes, as an acrobat or contortionist; also, to pose. 2. Fig.: To assume a character; as, to posture as a saint.
Posturer noun One who postures.
; plural Postzygapophyses
. [ New Latin See Post-
, and Zygapophysis
.] (Anat.) A posterior zygapophysis.