- 1A long, sturdy piece of timber or metal set upright in the ground and used as a support or marker: follow the blue posts until the track meets a roadMore example sentences
pole, stake, upright, shaft, prop, support, picket, strut, pillar, pale, paling, column, piling, standard, stanchion, pylon, stave, rod, newel, baluster, jamb, bollard, mast; fence post, gatepost, finger post, king post; North American & Australian milepost• historical palisade• technical puncheon, shore
- The accident revealed that timber posts supporting the metal barriers were inadequate and even rotten in places.
- Determine the length you'll need and purchase a prefabricated metal railing with posts from a lumberyard or home center.
- Pier blocks serve as a transition from the posts supporting the girder to the concrete foundation footings.
- 1.1A goalpost: Robertson, at the near post, headed wideMore example sentences
- Clydebank almost grabbed the lead in the 31st minute when their trialist wriggled free in the box, but he shot inches wide of the near post.
- He beat his marker and dribbled into the penalty area but his shot was high and wide of the near post.
- When he gets the ball anywhere near the posts, he shoots.
- 1.2 (the post) A starting post or winning post.More example sentences
- Does anybody else think the winning jockey's Cheltenham salute as they pass the post is getting beyond the bounds of sensibility and safety?
- Ballingarry, third in the Irish Derby and St Leger, strode past the post to take 12 points in the World standings.
- He got Ocean Silk flying towards the post but it was not enough to peg back the winner.
- 2An online posting.More example sentences
- Over the summer we had a post about the power internet message boards hold over the making of movies.
- Remember: e-mail and newsgroup posts are not secure venues for volunteering your credit card information.
- Podcasting is a lot more difficult than dashing off a post on a weblog.
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- 1Display (a notice) in a public place: a curt notice had been posted on the doorMore example sentences
- The Thursday Programming Schedule is now posted but you don't need to read it since you'll only be going to my panels.
- A notice will be posted on the Public Construction Commission's Web site today, he said.
- Park staff will be posting closure notices where footpaths and bridleways meet with the public highway.
- 2Announce or publish (something, especially a financial result): the company posted a £460,000 lossMore example sentences
- He said the company had performed well in the last financial year and will post strong results.
- The JSE-listed financial services group this week posted its interim results for the six months just ended.
- The online bank posted its results for 2002 on Monday and revealed that it is planning to spend £5m on researching the US market in the first half of this year.
- 2.1 [with object and complement] Publish the name of (a member of the armed forces) as missing or dead: a whole troop had been posted missingMore example sentences
- If the expedition never returned from the desert, perhaps I would not even be posted dead, but only missing.
- After the attack, the company had posted him missing, presumed dead.
- Two other men were recovered drowned, and all five others were posted as missing in action.
- 2.2Submit (a message, link, image, etc.) to an online location, such as a blog, social media website, or forum: the list was promptly posted all over the InternetMore example sentences
- Sarah posted the pic to her Facebook page.
- A clip of his speech was posted to the website of KSN-TV.
- A bug in recent weeks has meant that updates aren't being speedily posted to the site.
- 3(Of a player or team) achieve or record (a particular score or result): Smith and Lamb posted a century partnershipMore example sentences
- He was dismissed just one run short of his ninth Test fifty with the score on 215 but he had ensured the team had posted a safe score, though conceding a lead of 58 runs.
- Other teams posted better regular season records, but L.A. still wins the psychological game.
- The school was awarded a PC after their team posted the highest score over the three days.
go (or come) to post
- (Of a racehorse) start a race: only four of the fifteen entries go to postMore example sentences
- Strong winds and Aintree's quick-draining course saw the going dry up again but rain is predicted to arrive once again before the runners go to post for the big race at 1610 BST.
- Young Scotton goes to post in the opening race, the Highland Spring Novices' Hurdle.
- At York, the colt was quietly reintroduced by not passing the noisy stands when going to post.
- Basketball Play in a position near the basket, along the side of the key: Jordan settled for jumpers instead of using his five-inch height advantage to post upMore example sentences
- If their big player posts up near the basket, have the defender play in front of the big player.
- For example, it's difficult to stop players who post up near the basket.
- ‘I definitely feel more comfortable facing the basket than posting up,’ Brown says.
Old English, from Latin postis 'doorpost', later 'rod, beam', probably reinforced in Middle English by Old French post 'pillar, beam' and Middle Dutch, Middle Low German post 'doorpost'.
- 1 [mass noun] chiefly British The official service or system that delivers letters and parcels: winners will be notified by post the tickets are in the postMore example sentences
- I was attracted by this submission, which seems to me to gain some force from the provisions relating to service by post.
- Rule 99 makes it plain that section 8 is subject to the provisions for service by post.
- Service by post on the Second Defendant was not permitted.
- 1.1Letters and parcels delivered: she was opening her postMore example sentences
- Royal Mail managers were drafted to deliver post to thousands of other homes after the workers voted to continue their stoppage.
- Priority is being given to business mail with the aim of having all such post delivered by 10 am.
- Now she has had the front door replaced without a letterbox and her post is delivered to the Post Office in Bingley.
- 1.2 [in singular] A single collection or delivery of mail: entries must be received no later than first post on 14 JuneMore example sentences
- Even the poor postman was baffled when he came to collect the post only to discover that the postbox had apparently disappeared into thin air.
- We will accept returns completed on a printed copy of the form if you post them by last post on Wednesday 30 January.
- For inclusion on Saturday, letters should reach us by first post on Tuesday, and may be edited
- 1.3Used in names of newspapers: the Washington PostMore example sentences
- His cartoons have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and Saturday Review.
- Nice article in the Washington Post on white South Africans going to Soweto.
- Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, Wired, Money and TV Guide.
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- 1 [with object] chiefly British Send (a letter or parcel) via the postal system: I’ve just been to post a letter post off your order form todayMore example sentences
- I walked the 200 metres from my house to the village post box to post a letter.
- The advent of e-mails has vastly decreased the number of letters being posted through a post box, and internet banking has also probably had an impact on the PO service.
- And put out the letter that must be posted where it'll be seen.
- 2 [with object] (In bookkeeping) enter (an item) in a ledger: post the transaction in the second column initial records kept in day books are periodically posted to accountsMore example sentences
- When the payment was posted to the accounts it was in debit, as there was no corresponding asset.
- Those transactions that were settled immediately with cash were not posted to the account book, since no indebtedness existed.
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keep someone posted
- Keep someone informed of the latest developments or news: I’ll keep you posted on his progressMore example sentences
- Thank God the networks are keeping us posted on groundbreaking news, I thought.
- And we'll keep you posted on all developments as they come in.
- We wish the lads the very best and we'll keep you posted on developments.
early 16th century (in sense 2 of the noun): from French poste, from Italian posta, from a contraction of Latin posita, feminine past participle of ponere 'to place'.
- 1A position of paid employment; a job: he resigned from the post of Foreign Minister a teaching postMore example sentences
- Any who were employed were usually in the lowest paid posts and in jobs that had little prospect of professional progress.
- He needs professional experience but won't be offered a paid post in Scotland without professional experience.
- In July it was estimated that at least 400 teacher and teaching assistant posts will be lost in the Yorkshire region over the next year because of cash shortages.
- 2A place where someone is on duty or where a particular activity is carried out: a shift worker asleep at his post a customs postMore example sentences
- Alongwith discharging his duties on different posts at different places, he continued his literary pursuits also.
- But last week travellers set up their homes on the site while the duty guard left his post to take a break for lunch.
- Just beyond the customs post is a sprawling underground shopping mall that is the visitor's introduction to the new China.
- 2.1A place where a soldier or police officer is stationed or which they patrol: he gave the men orders not to leave their postsMore example sentences
- High ranking police officers, in charge of police stations and posts and other policemen took part in the camp.
- The lookout post at Newtownhamilton police station would also be closed.
- Investigations continue to see whether other police officers deserted their posts during the height of that disaster.
- 2.2North American A force stationed at a permanent position or camp; a garrison.More example sentences
- There is a requirement for a summer camp of six weeks between the junior and senior year of college conducted at a military post, camp, or station.
- They deliberately point pursuers toward nearby posts and garrisons of other federal troops.
- The story seemed to be all over the place, on cattle ranches and in mining camps, at military posts and isolated homesteads.
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- 1Send (someone) to a place to take up an appointment: he was posted to Washington as military attachéMore example sentences
- From February 1996 to January 1997 he was posted abroad.
- Alexander is currently posted in Moscow, his second appointment to Russia.
- Now, after working her fingers to the bone on the EU's behalf, those ungrateful swine in Brussels have decided to punish her yet further by posting her to Paris for the next two years.
- 1.1Station (someone, especially a soldier or police officer) in a particular place: a guard was posted at the entranceMore example sentences
- The sentries posted at the police stations have been asked to be more polite and friendly so that complainants do not hesitate from coming to the police stations.
- Extra police officers are being posted at polling booths and on patrol duties, and France has tightened controls along its border with Spain.
- Soldiers were posted as guards all around the camp.
mid 16th century: from French poste, from Italian posto, from a contraction of popular Latin positum, neuter past participle of ponere 'to place'.