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of heirs male.-3. Eccles, a minister who, to In portraits the grace, and we may add the like Port-wine (põrt-win), n. A dark-purple gether with others, serves a benefice, because ness, consists more in the general air than in the

astringent wine made in Portugal, so called exact similitude of every feature. Sir 7. Reynolds. he has only a portion of the tithes or profits

from Oporto, whence it is shipped. It is the of the living 2. A vivid description or delineation in

produce of the vineyards along the course Portionist (põr'shon-ist), n. 1. Eccles, same words.- In sculp. a portrait bust or statue of the Douro.

as Portioner, 3.-2. See under POSTMASTER. is one representing the actual features or Porwiglet (por'wig-1),n. A tadpole; a young Portionless (põr'shon-les), a. Having no person of an individual, in distinction from frog. portion.

an ideal bust or statue.

Pory (por'i), a. Full of pores or small inPortland (port'land), a. Belonging to the Portrait + (pör’ trặt), c.t. To portray; to terstices; porous., The vaulted roofs of Isle of Portland, in Dorsetshire.-Portland draw. Spenser.

pory stone.' Dryden. beds, in geol. a division of the upper polites Portrait-painter (põr’trāt-pānt-ér), n. One Posada (po-sä'da), n. [Sp.) An inn. occurring between the Purbeck beds and the whose occupation is to paint portraits. Posaune (po-zou'ne), n. [G., trombone.] In Kimmeridge clay, consisting of beds of hard Portrait-painting (portrāt-pānt-ing), n. music, a reed-stop on the organ of a rich oolitic limestone and freestone interstrati The art of painting portraits.

and powerful tone, the pipes of which are fied with clays and resting on light-coloured Portraiture (por trāt-ür), n. (Fr.) 1. A of 8 feet on the manuals, and 16 and 32 feet sands which contain fossils, chiefly mollusca portrait; a painted resemblance; a likeness on the pedals. and fish, with a few reptiles. Named from or likenesses collectively. The portraiture | Poset (poz), n. [A. Sax. gepose, the pose.) A the rocks of the group forming the Isle of of a hart. Sir T. Browne.

stuffing of the head; catarrh. Portland in Dorsetshire, from whence they

By the image of my cause I see

Pose (põz), v.t. pret. & pp. posed; ppr. posmay be traced through Wiltshire as far as The portraiture of his.

Shak.

ing. [Fr. poser, to place, to put, to state, Oxfordshire. Portland cement, a well Unclasp me, Stranger, and unfold,

to put a question, from L. pauso, to halt, to known cement made from common lime

With trembling care, my leaves of gold,
Rich in Gothic portraiture.

stop, from pausa, a pause; but the meaning

Rogers, stone, mixed with great care, in definite

as well as that of the compounds has been

The drama is an embellished portraiture of life. proportions, with the muddy deposits of

influenced by pono, positum, to put, place,

Sir G. C. Lewis. rivers running over clay and chalk. So called 2. The art or practice of drawing portraits,

set, which gives position, &c. There are a from its resemblance in colour to Portlandor of vividly describing in words.

number of compounds with pose in English, stone.--Portland sago. See under ARUM. Portraituret (por'trāt-ūr), v.t. To paint; to

as compose, depose, dispose, impose, interPortland stone, a compact sandstone from the Isle of Portland in Dorsetshire. It is Portray (põr-trā'), v.t. [Fr. portraire, to portray. Shaftesbury.

pose, repose, &c.] 1. To embarrass by a difti

cult question; to cause to be at a loss; to one of the members of the Portland beds, portray, to depict, from L. protraho, to

puzzle. Not that I design to pose them and belongs to the upper part of the oolite draw forth - L. pro, before, forward, and

with those common enigmas of magnetism.' formation. It is used in building, is soft trahere, to draw, whence traction, abstract,

Glanville. when quarried, but hardens on exposure to &c.] 1. To paint or draw the likeness of;

Learning was posed, philosophy was set, the atmosphere. -Portland vase, a celebratto depict; as, to portray a king on horse

Sophisters taken in a fisher's net. G. Herbert. ed cinerary urn or vase, found in the tomb of back; to portray a city or temple with a

2. To interrogate closely; to question the Emperor Alexander Severus. It is of pencil or with chalk.

strictly transparent dark-blue glass, coated with

Take a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray

Sche, in the presence of others, posed him and opaque white glass, which has been cut down

sifted him, thereby to try whether he were indeed in the manner of a cameo so as to give on

upon it the city, even Jerusalem.

Ezek. iv. I.
the very Duke of York or no.

Sterne, If the radiance of a loftier hope, the light of a each side groups of figures delicately exe deeper, diviner blessedness, has kindled in many a

Poset (põz), v.t.

To suppose. cuted in relief, representing marriage of human face since pagan art passed away, surely to Pose (poz), n. [Fr. pose, an attitude. See Peleus and Thetis. In 1810 the Duke of the art that has that to portriy grander possibilities POSE, v.t. above.] 1. Attitude or position

of excellence have been afforded. Dr. Caird. Portland, its owner, allowed it to be placed

taken naturally, or assumed for effect; as, the in the British Museum, where it remained 2. To describe in words.

pose of an actor; especially, the attitude in intact till the year 1845, when it was mali It will be my endeavour to relate the history of the which any character is represented artisciously broken. The pieces were carefully people as well as the history of the government, to tically; the position, whether of the whole collected and very successfully reunited, and describe the rise of religious sects, and the changes

person or of an individual member of the in this state it still remains in the museum,

of literary taste; to portray the manners of succes.
sive generations.

Macaulay.

body; as, the pose of a statue; the pose of but is not shown to the public.

the head. – 2. A deposit; a secret hoard. 3. To adorn with pictures. Portlast (portlast), n. The gunwale of a

(Scotch.) ship. Called also Portoise.

Spears and helmets thronged, and shields

Pose (põz), v.i. [Fr. poser, to attitudinize.

Various, with boastful arguments portrayat. Portlid (põrtlid), n. The lid that closes a

Milton.

See above.] To attitudinize; to assume chaport-hole.

Portrayal (por-trā'al), n.

The act of por

racteristic airs; as, to pose as a martyr. Port-lifter (port'lift-ér), n. A contrivance traying; delineation; representation.

Posé (pozā), a. (Fr. poser, to place.) In for raising and lowering heavy ports in ships. Portrayer (por-trā'er), n. One who por

her, a term applied to a lion, horse, or other Portliness (port'li-nes), n. The state or trays; one who paints, draws to the life, or beast standing still, with all his feet on the quality of being portly: (a) dignity of mien describes.

ground. It is the same as Statant. or personal appearance. (b) A somewhat Portreeve (port'rēv), 7. [Port and reeve.]

Poseidon (po-si'don), n. In myth. the Greek excessive stoutness of the person; corpu The chief magistrate of a port or maritime god of the sea, equivalent to the Latin Neplence. town; a portgrave.

tune. See NEPTUNE. Portly (port'li), a. [From port, carriage, Portress (põrt'res), n. A female porter or

Poser (poz'ér), n. 1. One that poses or puzzles mien, demeanour.] 1. Grand or dignified in keeper of a gate.

by asking difficult questions; a close exmien; stately; of a noble appearance and Port-rope (port'rop), n. A rope or tackle aminer. carriage. *A portly prince, and goodly to for hauling up and suspending the ports or He that questioneth much, shall learn much;. the sight.' Dryden. -2. Rather tall, and

but let his questions not be troublesome, for that is covers of port-holes. Called also Port

fit for a poser.

Bacon, inclining to stoutness; somewhat large and tackle. unwieldy in person. * A portly personage in Port-rule(port'röl), n. An instrument which

2. Something that puzzles, as a difficult ques

tion. a braided surtout.' Dickens.-3. Swelling. regulates the motion of a rule in a maYour argosies with portly sails.' Shak. chine.

Posingly (põz'ing-li), adv. So as to pose or Port-man (port'man), n. An inhabitant Port-sale (port'sāl), n. (Port, from L. porta,

puzzle. or burgess of a port-town or of a cinque a gate.) A public sale of goods to the high- Posit (poz'it),v.t. [L. pono, positum, to place. port.

1. To dispose, range, or est bidder; an auction.

See POSITION.] Portmanteau (port-man'to), n. (Fr. porte

place in relation to other objects. Sir M. When Sylla had taken the citie of Rome, he made

Hale.-2. To lay down as a position or prinmanteau, from porter, to carry, and man port-sale of the goods of them whom he had put to teau, a cloak.) A case or trunk, usually

death.

North. ciple; to assume as real or conceded; to made of leather, for carrying apparel, &c., Port-side (port'sīd), n. The left side of a

present to the consciousness as an absolute

fact. on journeys; a leather case attached to a ship looking towards the bow. See PORT.

In positing pure or absolute existence as a mental saddle behind the rider. Port-tackle (port'tak-l), n. See PORT-ROPE.

datum, iminediate, intuitive, and above proof, he Portmantle (port-man' tl), n. A port- | Port-town (port'toun), n. A town having mistakes the fact.

Sir W. Hamilton, manteau. [Old and vulgar.) or situated near a port.

When it is said that the ego posits itself, the meanPort-mote (port'möt), n. [Port, and mote, Portuguese (por'tu-gēz), n. The people or ing is that the ego becomes a fact of consciousness, a meeting.) Anciently, a court held in a language of Portugal.

which it can only become through the antithesis of the non-ego.

Chambers's Ency. port-town.

Portuguese (por'tū-gēz), a. Of or pertainPortoir,t n. (O. Fr., from L. portare, to ing to Portugal. - Portuguese man-of-war, Position (po-zish'on), n. [Fr. position, from bear. ]

One who or that which bears; the name given by early English voyagers to L. positio, from pono, positum, to place, hence, one who or that which produces. a species of Physalia, the P. atlantica. See put, set, for po-sino, from po (=Gr. proti, Holland. PHYSALIA.

against), and sino, to permit (whence site). Portoise (port'oiz), n. The gunwale of a Portulaca (por-tű-lā'ka), n. [L., from porto, Ponere appears as -pound in compound, &c.,

ship. ---A-portoise, resting on or lowered to to carry, and lac, milk, from the juicy nature as -pone in postpone.] 1. State of being the gunwale. Called also Portlast. of the plants.] Purslane, a genus of plants,

placed; sit ation: generally with reference Portos, t n. A breviary. See PORTASS. nat. order Portulacaceae. See PURSLANE. to other objects, or to different parts of the Chaucer.

Portulacaceæ, Portulaceæ (por'tu-la-kā". same object. Port-panet (põrt'pān), n. [L. portare, sē-ě, por-tū-lā'sē-ē), n. pl. A small nat. order We have different prospects of the same thing to carry, and panis, bread. ) A cloth for of polypetalous exogens, consisting of an according to our different positions to it. Locke. carrying bread so as not to touch it with nual, perennial, herbaceous, or shrubby Hence, fig. relation with regard to others, or the hands. Withals.

plants, occurring in all the hotter or milder to some subject; as, to be in a false posiPortrait (por'trāt), n. [Fr. portrait, pp. of parts of the world. The only species of any tion.-2. Manner of standing or being placed;

portraire, to portray. See PORTRAY.] 1. That importance is Portulaca oleracea, which is a attitude; as, an inclining position. - 3. That which is portrayed; particularly, a painted fleshy prostrate annual, sometimes used in on which one takes one's stand; hence, prinpicture or representation of a person, and salads. It is naturalized in most of the ciple laid down; proposition advanced or especially of a face drawn from the life; warmer parts of the world, and is often a affirmed as a fixed principle, or stated as also used generally for engravings, photo troublesome weed.

the ground of reasoning, or to be proved; graphs, crayon drawings, &c., of this char Port-rein (port’văn), m. See Vena porta

predication; affirmation. acter. under VENA.

Let not the proof of any position depend on the

POSITIONAL

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positions that follow, but always on those which pre through three stages, viz. the theological, Posituret (poz'i-tūr), n. Posture. The posicede.

Waris.

the metaphysical, and the positive. In the ture of the party's hand who did throw One held the government to be a trust for the peo first stage, the phenomena of nature are the dice. Bramhall. ple, and to exist only for their behoof, with the con. sequent position that resistance is lawful on a gross

attempted to be explained by reference to Posnet (poz'net), n. (W. posned, a round violation of duty.

Brougham. supernatural causes, by voluntary interfer body, a porringer, from pos, increase, incre4. Place or standing in society; social rank;

ences, by prodigies, miracles, and the like. ment, a heap. ) A little basin; a porringer,

In the second stage supernatural and anthro. skillet, or saucepan. Chafing-dishes, pos. as, a person of position. Thackeray.

pomorphitic causes give place to abstract, nets, and such other silver vessels.' Bacon, 5. State; condition.

occult causes, scholastic entities, realized Posologic, Posological (po-so-loj’ik, po-soGreat Britain, at the peace of 1763. stood in a posi.

abstractions, and nature is interpreted à loj'ik-al), a. Pertaining to posology. tion to prescribe her own terms.

Ames.

priori: the attempt is made to construe Posology (po-sol'o-ji), n. (Gr. posos, how 6. In arith. a mode of solving a question by nature subjectively. In the third stage, much, and logos, discourse.] The doctrine one or two suppositions: called also rule of man contents himself with ascertaining by of proportions : (a) a name suggested by supposition, rule of false, rule of trial and observation and experiment the connections Bentham for the science of quantity. error. - Centre of position, the same as the of phenomena, and so learning to connect (6) That department of medicine which centre of gravity, and centre of inertia; but each fact with its antecedent conditions. treats of the doses or quantities in which when a body is viewed as composed of phy This is the method which has founded medicines ought to be administered. sical points, and the centre of gravity is con modern science, and which must take the Poss, Posse (pos), v.t. [Fr. pousser, to push, sidered in relation to their positions, geo place of metaphysics. Whatever is not to thrust.) To push; to punch; to dash. meters designate that point the centre of capable of experimental verification must

• The see . ::

posseth him up and down.' position.-Circles of position, in astron, six be rigorously excluded from science. The Chaucer. (Obsolete and local.) circles, passing through the common inter second conception of this system is the Posse (pos'sė). [L., to be able.] 1. A possi. sections of the horizon and meridian and classification and co-ordination of the bility. A thing is said to be in posse, when through any degree of the ecliptic or the sciences. The theory of this classification it may possibly be; in esse, when it actually centre of any star, or other point in the requires us to advance from the simple to is.--2. A number or crowd of people.--Posse heavens, used for finding out the position the complex, beginning with mathematics, comitatus, lit. the power of a county: in law, or situation of any star. These circles cut and passing in turn to astronomy, physics, the body of men which the sheriff is emthe equator into twelve equal parts. -- Angle chemistry, biology, and sociology: these are powered to raise in case of riot, possession of position, (a) of a heavenly body, the angle the six fundamental sciences, each of which kept on forcible entry, rescue, or any atcontained by two great circles passing is necessary to the next following one. tempt made in opposition to the execution through the body; the one a secondary to Thus sociology or the science of society is of justice. It is said to include all knights the equator, and the other a secondary to impossible without biology, the science of and other men above the age of fifteen, able the ecliptic. (6) Of a place on the earth, life, and the latter is impossible without to travel within the county. The word the angle contained at any place by its meri the science of chemistry; chemistry, again, comitatus is often omitted, and posse alone dian, and the great circle passing

through presupposes physics, which itself presup is used in the same sense. that place and any other place. --Geometry poses astronomy and mathematics.-Posi- Possess (poz-zes'), v. t. (L. possideo, posses. of position, a species of geometry the object tive pole of a voltaic pile or battery. See sum, to occupy, to possess-pos for por (see of which is to investigate and determine POLE.-Positive terms, in logic, those terms POLLUTE), and sedeo, to sit. Comp. G. besitthe relation that exists between the position which denote a certain view of an object, as zen, A. Sax. besittan, to possess, from be, of the different parts of a geometrical figure being actually taken of it. - Positive quan by, and sittan, to sit.] 1. To occupy in perwith regard to each other, or with regard to tity, in alg. an affirmative or additive quan son; to have as occupant; to have and hold. some determinate line or figure first fixed tity, which character is indicated by the Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed upon as a term of comparison. — Guns of sign + (plus) prefixed to the quantity, called again in this land.

Jer. xxxii. 15. position. See under Gux.--SYN. Situation, in consequence the positive sign. The term O, I have bought the mansion of a love, station, place, condition, attitude, posture, is used in contradistinction to negative.

But not possess'd it.

Shak. proposition, assertion, thesis.

Positive (poz'i-tiv), n. 1. That which is cap 2. To have as a piece of property or as a Positionalt (po-zish'on-al), a. Respecting able of being affirmed; reality. Rating personal belonging; to be owner of; to own; position. Sir T. Browne.

positives by their privatives. South. to enjoy; as, to possess much money and Positive (poz'i-tiv), a. (Fr. positif; L.L. pos 2. That which settles by absolute appoint property; to possess many good qualities. itivus, from L. pono, positum, to set or place. ment.

*Share all that he doth possess.' Shak. "The See POSITION.) 1. Properly, laid down; ex Positives, while under precept, cannot be slighted present benefit which I possess.' Shak.--pressed; direct; explicit: opposed to im without slighting morals also.

Waterland. 3. To become or make one's self master of; plied; as, he told us in positive words; we 3. In gram. the positive degree.-4. In photog. to seize; to gain; to obtain the occupation have his positive declaration to the fact; the a picture in which the lights and shades of. testimony is positive. -2. Not admitting any are rendered as they are in nature: opposed

The English marched toward the river Eske, in. condition or discretion; absolute; express; to negative, Positives are obtained by print

tending to possess a hill called Under-Eske. as, the commands of the admiral are posi

Hayward ing from negatives. See NEGATIVE, PHOTOtive. - 3. Abs lute; real; existing in fact:

4. To affect strongly; to pervade; to fill or GRAPHY opposed to negative; as, positive good, which Positively (poz'i-tiv-li), adv. In a positive

take up entirely. Sin of self-love possexscth all mine eye.'

Shak. exists by itself, whereas negative good is

“What a strange manner: (a) absolutely; by itself; indepen

drowsiness possesses them.' Shak. merely the absence of evil: or opposed to dent of anything else; not comparatively. relative or arbitrary, as, beauty is not a

As the love of Christ and the love of God possessetk

Good and evil removed may be esteemed good or positive thing, but depends on the different

and seizcth upon a soul, so self-love decays. evil coinparatively, and not positively or simply.

Dr. Sibbes. tastes of people. — 4. Direct; express: op

Bacon.

5. To have full power or mastery over; as, posed to circumstantial; as, positive proof. (6) Not negatively: really; in its own nature; 5. Confident; fully assured; as, the witness directly; inherently; as, a thing is positive

an evil spirit, evîl influence, violent passion,

or the like. Luke viii. 36. An she were not is very positive that he is correct in his testi ly good, when it produces happiness by its

possessed with a fury.' Shak.

Posscssed mony.-6. Dogmatic; over-confident in opin own qualities or operation; it is negatirely

with devilish spirits. Shak. ion or assertion.

good, when it prevents an evil or does not Some positive persisting fops we know, produce it. (c) Certainly; indubitably.

Beware what spirit rages in your breast;

For ten inspired, ten thousand are possessid. That, if once wrong, will needs be always so. Give me some breath, some little pause,

Rescomninon. Pope.

Before I positively speak in this. Shak. 7. Settled by arbitrary appointment; pre

6. To put in possession; to make master or (d) Directly; explicitly; expressly; as, the owner: with of before the thing, and now scribed by express enactment: opposed to natural or inbred.

witness testified positively to the fact. generally used in the passive or with reflexive (e) Peremptorily; in strong terms.

pronouns; as, to be possessed of a large forIn laws, that which is natural, bindeth universally; that which is positive, not so...

tune; to possess one's self of another's proAlthough no laws

The divine law positively requires humility and

meekness. but positite are mutable, yet all are not mutable

Bp. Sprat. perty. Will possess you of that ship an! which are positive. Hooker. () With full confidence or assurance; as, I

treasure. Shak. Had possessed himself of 8. Based on phenomena; real; phenomenal; cannot speak positively in regard to the fact.

the kingdom.' Shak. "The moveables whererealizable; demonstrable; distinctly ascer(9) By positive electricity; as, positively

of our uncle Gaunt did stand possessed.' electrified. tained or ascertainable: opposed to specu.

See ELECTRICITY.

Shak. 'Of fortune's favour long possessed.' Positiveness (poz'i-tiv-nes), n. lative. “The assertion that science is the

The state

Dryden. only truth that is positive.' Cardinal Manof being positive: (a) actualness; reality of

We possessed ourselves of the kingdoin of Naples.

Addison. ning. existence; not mere negation.

7.1 To make acquainted with; to acquaint; Nothing can be juster than the law which Comte

The positiveness of sins of con mission lies both

to inform. in the habitude of the will and in the executed act

'Possess the people in Messina has formulated. First the theological stage, then the

Shak.

here how innocent she died. metaphysical, then the positive.

too; the positiveness of sins of omission is in the hab.
itude of the will only.

Vorris.
Rev. 3. Baldwin Brorun.

Let not your ears despise my tongue, 9. Having power to act directly; having direct (6) Undoubting assurance; full confidence;

Which shall fossess then with the heaviest sound

Siak.

That ever yet they heard. influence; as, a positive voice in legislation. peremptoriness.

Possess us, possess us ; tell us something of him. 10. In photog. having the lights and shades This peremptoriness is of two sorts; the one a ma

Shać rendered as they are in nature: opposed to gisterinlness in matters of opinion, the other a posi

8. To furnish or fill; to imbue or instil into: negative. See NEGATIVE, PHOTOGRAPHY.

tiveness in relating to matters of fact.

Dr. H. More

with with before the thing. Positive degree, in gram. is the state of an Positivism (poz'i-tiv-izm), n. The positive

It is of unspeakable advantage to possess our minds adjective which denotes simple or absolute philosophy (which see under POSITIVE).

with an habitual good intention. quality, without comparison or relation to increase or diminution; as, wise, poble. This second period in modern philosophy has been

Hence ... it is laid down by Holt, that to assess marked by the sceptical phenomenalism of Hume

the people with an ill opinion of the government, that Positire electricity. See ELECTRICITY.-- Posi (now represented by Positivism); the Scotch psycho.

is, of the ministry, is a libel. tive evidence, in law, proof of the very fact. - logy of common sense; and the German critical and

9: To accomplish. "To possess the purpose Positive philosophy, à philosophical system dialectical philosophy of reason. Prof. Fraser.

they desired.' Spenser. founded by Auguste Comte (1798-1857).

Its

Positivist (poz'i-tiv-ist), n. One who main- Possession (poz-zesh'on), 11. 1. The having: leading feature is what is known under the tains the doctrines of positive philosophy. holding, or detention of property in one's law of the three stages, which may be thus Positivity + (poz.-i-tiv'i-ti), n. Peremptori

power or command; the state of owning or stated: every branch of knowledge passes

Watts. (Rare.)

having in one's hands or power; actual seiz

Addison

Hailam.

ness.

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POSTBILL

Obad. 17.

ing or occupancy, either rightful or wrong. Posset (pos'set), v.t. To curdle; to coagu appointment; a berth. Posts of profit or ful. One man may have the possession of a late.

of trust. Pope.-4. A messenger or a carthing, and another may have the right of And with a sudden vigour it doth posset

rier of letters and papers; one that goes at possession or property.

And curd, like eager droppings into milk,
The thin and wholesome blood.

Shak.

stated times to convey the mail or desIf the possession is severed from the property; if

patches; a postman. A has the right of property, and B by unlawful means Possibility (pos-i-bil'i-li), n. 1. The state

I fear my Julia would not deign my lines has gained possession, this is an injury to A. This or condition of being possible; the power of

Receiving them from such a worthless post. Shak. is a bare or naked possession. Blackstone. being or existing; the power of happening. In Eng. law, a personal chattel is held by It often implies improbability or great un

5. An established system for the public concertainty; as, there is a possibility that a

veyance of letters, especially the governpossession, a real estate by title. Natural possession is where the proprietor himself new star may appear this night. 'Possibility

mental system; the mail; the transmission is actually in possession. Civil possession is of error.' Tooker.

of all the letters conveyed for the public at

one time from one place to another; a postpossession not by the owner, but by another A bare possibility that a thing may be or not be, in his name or for his behoof. Actual posis no just cause of doubting whether a thing be or

office. 6. A size of writing and printing not.

Tillotson. session is where a person enters into lands

paper, measuring about 184 inches by 157.

It is pleasant to see great works in their serninal 7. Haste; speed. or tenements descended or conveyed to him.

state, pregnant with latent possibilities of excellence. Possession in law is when lands, &c., are

Fohnson.
The mayor towards Guildhall hies him in all post

Shak. descended to a man, and he has not actually 2. A thing possible; that which may take

Called also Post entered into them.

8. An old game at cards. Naked possession is place or come into being.

and Pair.-To ride post, to be employed to mere possession without colour of right. -

Consider him antecedently to his creation, while 2. The thing possessed; land, estate, or yet he lay in the barren womb of nothing, and only

carry despatches and papers; and as such goods owned; as, foreign possessions. in the number of possibilities; and consequently

carriers rode in haste, hence the phrase sigcould have nothing to recommend him to Christ's

nifies to ride in haste, to pass with expediThe house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

affection.

South. tion. Post is used also adverbially for When the young man heard that saying, he went 3. In law, a chance or expectation; an un

swiftly, expeditiously, or expressly. Sent away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. certain thing which may or may not happen.

from Media post to Egypt.' Milton. Hence, Mat. xix. 22. It is near or ordinary, as where an estate

to travel post is to travel expeditiously by 3. In international law, a country or terriis limited to one after the death of another;

the use of fresh horses taken at certain statory held by no other title than mere conor remote or extraordinary, as where it is

tions. quest. Bouvier.-4. The state of being unlimited to a man provided he shall be mar

Post (post), v.i. (Fr. poster, to post. See der the power of demons, evil spirits, or ried to a certain woman, and then that she

the noun.] 1. To travel with post-horses: violent passions; madness; lunacy; as, deshall die, and he be married to another.

to travel rapidly with any horses; to travel moniacal possession. Wharton.

with speed. And post o'er land and ocean I knew he was not in his perfect wits. Possible (pos’i-bl), a. (From L. possibilis,

without rest.' Milton. How long hath this possession held the man! Shak. from posse, to be able to have power, from

We see in blank dismay -Writ of possession, in law, a precept di potis, able, and esse, to be. Power is also

Year posting after year, recting a sheriff to put a person in peace. from potis.] 1. That may be or exist; that

Sense after sense decay. Matt. Arnold able possession of property recovered in may be now, or may happen or come to 2. In the manege, to rise and sink on the ejectment.--To take possession, to enter on pass; that may be done; not contrary to saddle in accordance with the motion of the or to bring within one's power or occupancy. the nature of things; as, it is possible the horse, especially when trotting. - To give possession, to put in another's peace of Europe may continue a century; it Post (post), v.t. 1. To fix to a post; to fix up power or occupancy.

is not possible that two and three should be in a public place, as a notice or advertisePossessiont (poz-zesh'on), v.t. To invest seven, or that the same action should be ment.-2. To expose to public reproach; to with property.

morally right and morally wrong. -2. Cap expose to opprobrium by some public action; Sundry more gentlemen this little hundred possess. able of coming to pass, but improbable. as, to post one as a coward. eth and possessioneth,

Carcw.

He must not stay within doors, for fear the house On pain of being posted to your sorrow, Possessional (poz-zesh'on-al), a. Same as should fall upon him, for that is possible; nor must he

Fail not at four to meet me.

Granville. Possessive.

go out, lest the next man that meets him should kill
him, for that is also possible.

Wilkins. 3. To place; to station; as, to post troops on
Possessionary (poz-zesh'on-a-ri), a. Relat-
ing to or implying possession.
Possibly (pos’i-bli), adv. 1. In a possible

a hill, or in front or on the flank of an

army. Possessioneri (poz-zesh'on-er), n. 1. One

manner; by any power, moral or physical, that has possession of a thing, or power really existing; by possibility.

To discharge cannon against an army in which a

king is known to be posted is to approach pretty near over it. Freemen and possessioners.' Sir

Can we want obedience then
To him, or possibly his love desert

to regicide.

Macaulay. P. Sidney.-2. An invidious name for the

Who form'd us from the dust? Milton. members of such religious communities as

4. In book - keeping, to carry (accounts or were endowed with lands, &c. The mendi2. Perhaps; perchance.

items) from the journal to the ledger; to cant orders professed to live entirely upon

Arbitrary power tends to make a man a bad sove.

make the requisite entries in, for showing

a true state of affairs. alms.

reign, who inight possibly have been a good one, had Chaucer.

he been invested with authority circumscribed by Possessive (poz-zes'iv), a. (L. possessivus.)

laws.

Addison.

You have not posted your books these ten years ; Pertaining to possession; expressing pos

how should a man keep his affairs even at this rate? Possum (posósum), n. A colloquial contrac

Arbuthnot. session.-In gram. possessive case, the genition in the United States of Opossum. To 5. To place in the post-office;

to transmit tive case, or case of nouns and pronouns

play possum, to act possuin, to feign; to dis by post; as, to post letters.-6. To send with which expresses, 1st, possession, ownership;

semble: in allusion to the habit of the opos speed, or by means of post-horses. - To post as, John's book; or 2dly, some relation of

sum, which throws itself on its back and up, in book-keeping, to make the requisite one thing to another; as, Homer's admirers.

feigns death on the approach of an enemy. entries on up to date; hence, to inform thor-- Possessive pronoun, a pronoun denoting Post (post), n. (A. Sax. post, from L. post is, oughly with all the freshest information on possession or property.

post, a door-post, from pono (posno), posi any subject; to make one master of all the Possessive (poz-zes'iv), n. A pronoun or

tum, to put, place, lay, set. See POSITION.) details of a subject. other word denoting possession. A piece of timber, metal, or other solid

He describes him (the Count of Chambord) as one Possessively (poz-zes'iv-li), adv. In a man

substance set upright, usually larger than of the freshest and youngest looking men he has ever ner denoting possession.

a stake, and intended to support some seen, simple, frank, polished, exceedingly intelligent. Possessor (poz-zes'ér), n.

One who pos-
thing else; as, the posts of a house; the

and thoroughly posted up in the politics and literasesses; one who holds or enjoys any good

posts of a door; the posts of a gate; the

posts Post

(põst), adv. Hastily, or as a post. ture of the day.

Sat. Rev. or other thing; one who owns; an occupant;

of a fence; a king-post, queen-post, trussa person who holds in his hands or power

post, door-post, &c. - Post and paling, a close Post † (post), a. (From Fr. aposter, to place any species of property real or personal. wooden fence, constructed with posts fixed

in a post or position, to spy, to deceive.] Think of the happiness of the prophets and apos. in the ground and pales nailed between Suborned; hired to do what is wrong. tles, saints and martyrs, possessors of eternal glory.

Lazu.

them. - Post and railing, a kind of open Post (post). A Latin preposition signifying Unlimited power corrupts the possessor,

wooden fence for the protection of young after, behind, subsequent, since, &c. It is

Brougham. quickset hedges, consisting of posts and used in this sense in composition in a numSyn. Owner, proprietor, holder, occupant. rails, &c. These terms are sometimes con ber of English words. Possessory (poz-zes'o-ri), a. 1. Pertaining founded. -- Post and pane, post and petrail, Postablet (post'a-bl), a. Capable of being to possession. A possessory feeling in the terms applied to buildings erected with tim carried. heart.' Dr. Chalmers. --2 Having posses ber framings and panels of brick or lath Post-act (põst'akt), n. An after-act; an act sion; as, a possessory lord.-3. In law, aris

and plaster.-Knight of the post. See under done afterwards. ing from possession; as, a possessory interest. KNIGHT

Postage (põst'aj), n. The duty or rate of Possessory action, an action formerly Post (post), n. (From Fr. poste (masc.), a charge levied on letters or other articles brought to regain possession of land, the military post or station, an office, and poste conveyed by post. right of possession only, and

not that of pro (fem.), a letter-carrier, a post-house, a post- Postage + (põst'āj), n. A portage. perty, being contested. — Possessory judg office, &c., both from L. L. posta, for posita, Postage-stamp (post'aj-stamp), n. An adment, in Scots law, a judgment which entitles from L. positus, placed, pono, positum, to

hesive stamp of various values issued by a person who has been in uninterrupted place. See Post, a stake, and POSITION.] the post-office department for affixing to possession for seven years to continue his

1. The place at which some person or thing letters, packets, &c., as payment of cost of possession until the question of right shall is stationed or fixed; a station or position transmission. be decided at law.

occupied, especially a military station; the Postal (post'al), a. Relating to posts, postPosset (pos'set), n. (Comp. W. posel, curdled place where a single soldier or a body of ing, or mails; as, postal arrangements. milk, a posset, from the root of posiaw, to troops is stationed; as, a post of observation; Post-anal (post-a'nal), a. In zool. situated gather. Comp. also L. posca, an acidulous a sentry at his post.

behind the anus. drink composed of vinegar and water.) A The waters rise everywhere upon the surface of Postbill (post'bil), n. 1. A bill granted by the drink composed of hot milk curdled by the earth; which new post when they had once seized Bank of England to individuals, and transsome infusion, as wine or other liquor, for on they would never quit.

T. Burnet. ferable after indorsation.- 2. A post-office merly much in favour both as luxury and Hence-2. The troops stationed at a partic way-bill of the letters despatched from a medicine. 'I have drugged their possets.' ular place.-3. An office or employment; a post-office, placed in the mail-bag, or given Shak.

position of service, trust, or emolument; an in charge to the post.

ch, chain; ch, Sc. loch;

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j, job;

fi, Fr. ton;

ng, sing; TH, then; th, thin;

w, wig; wh, whig; zh, azure.--See KEY.

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POSTMASTER

To pos

Postboy (post' boi), n. A boy that carries of a dead ass.' Swift. [In Love's Labour's Posticum (pos-ti'kum). (L., from post, letters; a boy or man that drives a post Lost Shakspere makes the affected Armado behind.] The part of an ancient temple chaise.

use it differently: The posteriors of this which was in the rear of the cell; the part Post-captain (põstskap-tin), n. Formerly day, which the rude multitude call the in front of the cell being called the prothe captain of a ship-of-war of three years' afternoon.')

naos. standing, now simply styled captain. He is Posterity (pos-ter'i-ti), n. [Fr. postérité, Postil (pos'til), n. [Fr. postille, which Du equal in rank to a colonel in the army. L. posteritas, from posterus, later, from post, Cange takes from post illa (verba underPost-card (põst'kard), 1. A card impressed after.] 1. Descendants; the race that pro stood, after those words), from the use of with a halfpenny (or other) stamp issued by ceeds from a progenitor. The whole human this phrase by the commentators.] 1. A the postal authorities to the general public, race are the posterity of Adam.

note, especially a marginal note; origin. as a means of correspondence where the

Yet it was said

ally, a note in the margin of the Bible, so communications are not of a secret nature. It (the crown) should not stand in thy posterity. called because written after the text.

Shas. Post-chaise (post'sház), n. A chaise or carriage for conveying travellers from one 2. Succeeding generations.

It was thought proper to append to the works of

Copernicus a rostil to say that the work was written station to another, and let for hire.

Methinks the truth should live from age to age, to account for the phenomena, and that people must

Shak.

As 'twere retailed to all posterity. Post-coach (post'koch), n. Same as Post

not run on blindly and condemn either of the opposite opinions.

Whewell. chaise.

Postern (post'ern), n. [O. Fr. posterne, from Postdate (põst'dāt), v.t. pret. & pp. post L. L. posterna, posterula, a secret gallery or

2. In the R. Cath. and Lutheran Churches, dated; ppr. postdating. [Prefix post, after,

means of exit, from L. posterus, behind, pos a homily to be read in public; as, the first and date.] 1. To affix a date to later than terior, from post, behind.) 1. Primarily, a postils were composed by order of Charleor in advance of the real time; as, to post back door or gate; a private entrance; hence, magne; Luther also wrote postile. date a contract, that is, to date it as if, for any small door or gate.

Postil (pos' til), r.i. To write postils; to instance, it were made six months hence.

Go on, good Eglamour,

comment; to make illustrations.

Shak. 2. To date so as to make appear earlier than

Out at the postern by the abbey wall.

tell upon a kyrie.' Skelton, the fact

The word is used adjectively in following Postil (pos'til), v. t. [See POSTIL, n.) To write extract.

marginal notes on; to gloss; to illustrate or these (predictions) some were postdated, cunningly made after the thing had come to pass.

The conscious priest, who was suborn'd before,

with marginal notes. Fæller,

Stood ready posted at the postern door. Dryden. I have seen a book of accounts postilled in Post-date (post'dāt), n. A date put on a 2. In fort a covered passage closed by a

the margin with the King's hand.

Bacon. document in advance of the real date on

gate, usually in the angle of the flank of a Postilion, Postillion (pós-til'yon), n. [Fr. which it was written.

bastion, or in that of the curtain or near Post-day (post'dā), n, A day on which a

postillon, from poste, a post.) The rider on the orillon, descending into the ditch. the near leader of a travelling or other conveyance carrying mails arrives or de

Post-existt (post-eyz-ist), v.i. To exist carriage; also, one who rides the near horse parts.

Cudworth. Postdiluvial, Postdiluvian (post-di-lū’- Post-existence (põst-egz-ist'ens), n. after; to live subsequently

when one pair only is used, either in a coach Sub

or post-chaise. vi-al, post-di-lū'vi-an), a. (L. post, after,

sequent or future existence. 'A notion of Postilize (pos'til-iz), v.t. Same as Postil. and diluvium, the deluge.) Being or hapthe soul's post-existence.' Addison.

* Postilizing the whole doctrine of Duns pening posterior to the flood in Noah's days.

Post-existent (post-egz-ist'ent), a. Existent Scotus. Wood. Postdiluvian (post-di-lü'vi-an), n. A person

or living after. Cudworth. [Rare.]

Postillate (pos'til-át), v.i. (L.L. postillo, who lived after the flood, or who has lived

Post-fact (post-fakt'), a. (L. post factum.] postillatum. See POSTIL. ) 1. To write since that event.

Relating to a fact that occurs after another. postils or marginal notes. — 2. To preach Post-disseizin (post-dis-sēz'in), n. In law, Post-fact (põst'fakt), n.

A fact that occurs by expounding Scripture, verse by verse, a subsequent disseizin; also, a writ that lay after another.

in regular order.
for him who having recovered lands or
tenements by force of novel disseizin, was

Post-facto (post-fak’to). (L.) See Ex Post Postillate (pos' til-át), v.t. To postil; to
FACTO,

explain by marginal notes. again disseized by the former disseizor.

Post-fine (post'fin), n. In Eng. law, a fine | Postillation (pos-til-la'shon), n. The act Wharton. Post-disseizor (post-dis-sēz'or), n. A person

due to the king by prerogative: called also of postillating; exposition of Scripture in

the King's Silver (which see under KING). preaching who disseizes another of lands which he

Post-fix (post’fiks), n. had before recovered of the same person.

(Prefix post, after, Postillator (pos'til-la-tér), n. One who pos

and fix.) In gram. a letter, syllable, or tillates; one who expounds Scripture verse Postea (põs'tē-a), n. [L., after this or that, word added to the end of another word; an by verse. afterwards. ] In law, the return of the aflix or suffix.

Postiller (pos'til-ér), n. One who postils; judge before whom a cause was tried, after

Postfix (post'fiks), v.t. To add or annex a one who writes marginal notes. Pos. the verdict, stating what was done in the

letter, syllable, or word to the end of an tillers and commentators.' Sir T. Browne. cause. When the proceedings were in Latin the word postea was the initial word, Post-free (post'frē), a. Franked; paying no other or principal word.

Posting-house (post'ing-hous), n. A house

or hotel where post-horses are kept. whence the name of this return.

postage. Post-entry (post-en'tri), n.

Postique (pos'tēk), a. (0.Fr. postique, Fr. 1. In com. an

Post-geniture (post-jen'i-tūr), n. The state postiche; from L. postus, positus, from pono, additional entry of goods made by a mer

or position of a child born after another in positum, to place) Superadded; done after chant at the custom-house, when the first

the same family. Naturally a king, though the work is finished: applied to a superadded entry is found to be too small. ---2. In book

fatally prevented by the harmless chance ornament of sculpture or architecture. keeping, an additional or subsequent entry. Poster (post'er), n. 1. One who posts ; a of post-geniture.' Sir T. Browne.

Postliminiary, Postliminious (post-liPost-glacial (post-glā'shi-al), a. In geol. min'i-ar-i, post-li-min'i-us), a. Pertaining courier; one that travels expeditiously. see POST-TERTIARY.

to or involving the right of postliminium Posters of the sea and land.' Shak.-2. A

Post-hackney (post-hak'nē), n. A hired post-horse. “A pair of jaded posters.' Lord

(which see). Lytton.-3. A large printed bill or placard Post-haste (post-hást), n. post-horse. Wotton,

Postliminium, Postliminy (post-li-min'i,

Haste or speed posted for advertising. Dickens.

um, post - lim'i-ni), n. [L. post, after, and in travelling, like that of a post or courier. limen, end, limit.] 1. In Rom. antiq. the Poste-restante (post-res-tant), n. [Fr., to Shak.

return of a person who had been banished remain at the post-office till called for.) A

Post-haste (post-hāst'), adv. With speed or taken prisoner by an enemy to his old department in a post-office where letters so addressed are kept till the owners call for Posthetomist (pos-thet'o-mist), n. One who

or expedition; as, he travelled post-haste. condition and former privileges. -2. In inthem. It is for the convenience of persons

ternational law, that right by virtue of which passing through a country or town where

performs the operation of posthetomy or persons and things taken by an enemy in circumcision.

war are restored to their former state when they have no fixed residence; but residents

Posthetomy (pos-thet'o-mi), n. [Gr. posthë, are not allowed to have their letters so

coming again under the power of the nation kept.

the prepuce, and tomē, a cutting.] Circum to which they belonged.

cision. Posterior (pos-tē'ri-ér), a. (L. Posterior,

Post-lude (post'lūd), n. [L. postludium.) Post-horn (post'horn), n. A horn or trum In music, an after-piece; a concluding * compar. of posterus, from post, after.]

pet without valves or pistons, blown by voluntary 1. Later or subsequent in time: opposed to

drivers or guards of mail-coaches, &c. prior.

Postman (post'man), n. 1. A post or courier. Post-horse (post'hors), n. A horse for con 2. A letter-carrier.-3. A barrister in the Hesiod was posterior to Homer. W. Broome.

veying travellers rapidly from one station exchequer division of the High Court who 2. Later in the order of proceeding or movto another, and let for hire.

has precedence in motions, so called from ing; coming after.

Post-house (post'hous), n. 1. A house where the place where he sits. The postman is one No care was taken to have this matter remedied

relays of post-horses are kept for the con of the two most experienced barristers in the by the explanatory articles posterior to the report.

venience of travellers.--2. A post-office. court, the other being called the tubman. Addison.

Posthumet (pos'tūm), a. Posthumous. 'A Postmark (põst' märk), n. The mark or 3. Situated behind; hinder; as, the posterior posthume modesty, which could not be born stamp of a post-office on a letter. portion of the skull: opposed to anterior. till they were dead.' Purchas.

Postmark (põst' märk), v.t. To affix the 4. In bot. see under SUPERIOR.-Posterior Posthumous (pos'tüm-us), a. (From L. pos stamp or mark of the post-office, is to margin, in conch. a term applied to that tumus, last, superl. of posterus, coming letters, &c. side of the bosses of acephalous bivalves after, from post, behind.] 1. Born after the Postmaster (post'mas-tér), n. 1. The officer which contains the ligament.--A posteriori, death of the father; as, a posthumous son who has the superintendence and direction a Latin phrase signifying, from what fol or daughter. - 2. Published after the death of a post-office. - Postmaster-general, the lows. See A PRIORI.

of the author; as, posthumous works.- chief executive head of the postal and telePosteriority (pos-tē'ri-or"i-ti), n. [Fr. pos 3. Being or continuing after one's decease; graphic systems of Britain. He is usually a tériorité.) The state of being later or sub as, “With regard to his posthumous charac member of the cabinet, and exercises authosequent; as, posteriority of time or of an

ter.
r.' Addison.

rity over all the departments of the postal event: opposed to priority.

Posthumously (pos'tüm-us-li), adv. After system, including money-orders, savingsPosteriorly (pos-tēʻri-er-li), adv. Subse one's decease.

bank, insurances, and annuities.-2. One who quently in time; in a posterior manner; Postict (pos'tik), a. (L. posticus.] Back provides post-horses.—3. In Merton College, behind. ward. Sir T. Browne.

Oxford, the scholars who are supported on Posteriors (pos-tē'ri-érz), n. pl. The hinder Posticous (pos-ti'kus), a. In bot. same as the foundation are called postmasters of parts of an animal's body. The posteriors Extroreal.

portionists.

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Postmeridian (post-me-rid'i-an), a. (L. Post-office (post'of-fis), n. 1. An office or Postscripted (põst'skript-ed), a Having a postmeridianus. See MERIDIAN.] 1. Coming house where letters are received for trans postscript; written afterwards. J. Quincy after the sun has passed the meridian; being mission to various parts, and from which Adams. (Rare.) or belonging to the afternoon. * Postierid letters are delivered that have been received Post-terminum (post-ter'mi-num). (L.) In ian sleep.' Bacon. — 2. In geol. applied to from places at home and abroad.-2. A de law, after the term. the ninth of Prof. H. Rogers' fifteen divisions partment of the government charged with Post-tertiary (post-ter'shi-a-ri), a. In geol. of the palæozoic strata in the Appalachian the conveyance of letters, &c., by post. -- the Lyellian term for all deposits and phechain of North America. It corresponds to Post office annuity and insurance, a system nomena of more recent date than the Nora certain extent with our lower Devonian. whereby the postmaster-general may insure wich or mammaliferous crag. It may be rePost-meridian (post-me-rid'i-an), n. The lives between the ages of sixteen and sixty stricted so as only to include accumulations afternoon: usually contracted P. M.

for not less than £20 or more than £100, and and deposits formed since the close of thegla'Twas post-meridian half.past four

may also grant annuities of not more than cial or boulder drift systems, and has been By signal I from Nancy parted. Ch. Dibdin. £50. - General post-office, the principal post divided into three sections-historic, prePost-mill (post' mil), n. A form of wind. office in London; also applied to the head. historic, and post-glacial. The first commill so constructed that the whole fabric office in any large city or town.- Post-office prises the peat of Great Britain and Ireland, rests on a vertical axis, and can be turned

order. See MONEY-ORDER.- Post-office sav fens, marshes, river-deposits, lake-silts, acby means of a lever, according as the direc ings-bank, a bank connected with the post cumulations of sand-drift, &c., containing tion of the wind varies. It thus differs from

office, where deposits are received to a certain human remains, canoes, metal instruments, the smock-mill, of which the cap (including amount, on government security, at a rate of remains of domestic animals, &c. The prethe gudgeon and pivot-bearings resting upon interest of 24 per cent per annum.

historic comprises similar, or nearly similar Post-oral (post-o'ral), a. Situated behind deposits, but the remains found in them the mouth.

are older, comprising stone implements, Post-paid (post-pād'), a. Having the post pile-dwellings, and extinct animals, as the age prepaid; as, a post-paid letter.

Irish deer, mammoth, &c. To the postPost-pleiocene, Post-pliocene (post-pli'ő glacial belong raised beaches, with shells of sēn), n. and a. In geol. the common term for a more boreal character than those of existall the deposits of later age than the Norwich ing seas, the shell-marl under peat, most of crag, and older than the peat-mosses and our carses, dales, as well as the common river gravels which contain neolithic re brick-clay, &c., covering submarine forests mains. These deposits are the glacial drifts or containing the remains of seals, whales, and boulder-clays with the erratics and &c., as well as of extinct land animals, as other signs of ice agency, the valley gravels the mammoth, rhinoceros, urus, hyæna, and cave earths with paläolithic remains. hippopotamus, &c. Called also Pleistocene.

Post-town (post'toun), n. 1. A town in which Postpone (post-põn'), v.t. pret. & pp. post a post-office is established.-2. A town in poned; ppr. postponing. (L. postpono-post, which post-horses are kept. after, and pono, to put.] 1. To put off; to Postulant (pos'tu-lant), n. One who dedefer to a future or later time; to delay; mands or requests; a candidate. Chesteras, to postpone the consideration of a bill field. or question to the afternoon or to the fol Postulate (pos'tū-lāt), n. [L. postulatum, a lowing day.

demand, from postulo, to ask, to demand, These words, by postponing of the parenthesis to from posco, to ask for urgently, to demand.) its proper place, are more clearly understood.

Khatchbull.

1. A position or supposition assumed withThe most trifling amusement is suffered to post

out proof, or one which is considered as pone the one thing necessary.

Rogers. self-evident, or too plain to require illusPost-mill. 2. To set below something else in value or

tration; a proposition of which the truth is

demanded or assumed for the purpose of importance. it) turns. In the figure the post P, firmly All other considerations should give way and be

future reasoning; a necessary assumption.fixed by a strong framing sunk into the postponed to this.

Locke.

2. In geom. something of the nature of a ground, has at its upper end a pivot working SYN. To adjourn, defer, delay, procrastinate.

problem assumed or taken for granted; the into a socket fixed in one of the strongest Postponement (post-pon'ment), n.

enunciation of a self-evident problem.

The floor-beams, and on this pivot the whole act of postponing or deferring to a future

Euclid has constructed his elements on the weight of the erection is sustained. The time; temporary delay of business.

three following postulates: 1. Let it be ladder L serves as a lever for turning the Postponencet(post-põn'ens), n. Disesteem;

granted that a straight line may be drawn mill, and by dropping it on the ground and disregard. Johnson,

from any one point to any other point. placing a weight on its lower extremity it Postponer (post-põn'ér), n. One who post

2. That a terminated straight line may be also serves to keep the mill steady when the

produced to any length in a straight line. pones; one who delays or puts off. right position is attained. Postpose (post-poz'), v.t. 1. To place after.

3. That a circle may be described from any Post-mortem (post' mor-tem), a. [L] 2. To postpone; to put off. Fuller.

centre at any distance from that centre. After death. -- Post-mortem examination, Postposit + (post-poz'it), v.t. To postpone;

Axiom, Postulate. See AXIOM. an examination of a body made after

Postulate (pos'tū-lát), v.t. pret. & pp. posto regard as of inferior value. Feltham. death. Post-position (post-po-zish'on), n. 1. The

tulated; ppr. postulating. [See above. ) 1. To Post-natal (post'nā-tal), a. Subsequent to act of placing after; the state of being put

beg or assume without proof; to regard as birth. * Post-natal diseases.' Sankey. behind.

self-evident, or as too obvious to require Post-nate 1 (post'nāt), a. [L. post, after, Nor is the post-position of the nominative case to

further proof or explanation. and natus, born.] Subsequent. the verb against the use of the tongue.

We conclude, therefore, that Being, intelligent,

Foseph Mede. The graces and gifts of the spirit are post-nate.

conscious Being, is implied and postulated in thinkFer. Taylor. 2. In gram. a word or particle placed after ing.

F. D. Morell, Post-natus (põst' nă-tus), n. [L] Born or at the end of a word.

2. To invite; to solicit; to require by enafter. In law, (a) the second son. (6) One In almost all the native languages of Asia, what we born in Scotland after the accession of call prepositions follow their noun; often, like the ar

treaty. To which he was postulated by the James 1., who was held not to be an alien ticle and reflective pronoun, coalescing with it, so as

majority of the chapter.' Burnet. (Rare.) to form, or simulate, an inflection. The inconvenience 3. To assume; to take without positive conin England.

of such a terın as preposition is now manifest; nor is sent (Rare.] Post-note (post' not), n. In com. (a) a

it much remedied when we allow ourselves to use the cash-note intended to be transmitted by

contradictory phrase post-positive preposition. What The Byzantine emperors appear to have exer. post and made payable to order. In this is really wanted is a general name for that part of

cised, or at least to have postulated, a sort of paraspeech under which preposition and post position mount supremacy over this nation.

Tooke. it differs from a common bank-note, which may stand as co-ordinate terms.

Latham. is payable to the bearer. (b) A note issued

Postulation (pos-tū-la'shon), n. [L. postuPost-positional (post-põ-zish'on-al), a. Perby a bank, payable at some future time, and

latio.] 1. The act of postulating or suptaining to a post-position. not on demand. [In the latter usage the

posing without proof; a necessary supposi

Placed word is compounded of the L. prep. post, Post-positive (post-poz'i-tiv), a.

tion or assumption; a postulate. after something else, as a word. after, and note.)

A second postulation to elicit my assent is the Post-prandial (põst'pran-di-al), a. (L. post,

veracity of him that reports it. Sir M. Hale. Post-nuptial (post-nup'shal), a. Being

after, and prandium, a dinner.) Happening or happening after marriage; as, a postafter dinner. * Post - prandial speeches.'

2. Supplication; intercession.

Presenting nuptial settlement on a wife. Palmerston.

his postulations at the throne of God.' Bp. Post-obit (post-ob'it), n. (L. postobitum, Post-remote (post'rē- mõt), a. More re

Pearson.-3. Suit; cause. Burnet. --4. In after death.] 1. A bond given for the purmote in subsequent time or order. Darwin.

canon law, a presentation or recommendapose of securing to a lender a sum of money Post-road, Post-route (põst'rõd, post'rot),

tion addressed to the superior, to whom the on the death of some specified individual

A road along which the mail is carried.

right of appointment to any dignity belongs, from whom the borrower has expecta Postscenium (post-se'ni-um), n. (L., from

in favour of one who has not a strict title Such loans are not only generally made at post, behind, and scena, a scene.) In arch.

to the appointment. usurious rates of interest, but usually the the back part of a theatre behind the scenes.

Postulatory (pos'tū-la-to-ri), a. 1. Postuborrower has to pay a much larger sum than Postscript (post'skript), n. (L. post, after,

lating; assuming without proof. -- 2. Ashe has received in consideration of the risks the lender runs in the case of the obligor and scriptum, written.) A paragraph added

sumed without proof. Sir T. Browne. to a letter after it is concluded and signed Postulatum (pos-tu-lā'tum), n. (L.) A pospredeceasing the person from whom he has by the writer, or any addition made to a

tulate (which see). expectation. If, however, there is a gross book or composition after it had been sup

Posture (pos'tūr), n. (Fr. posture, posture, inadequacy in the proportions amounting to posed to be finished, containing something

attitude, condition, from L. positura, a fraud a court of equity will interfere.—2. In

omitted, or something new occurring to the placing, from pono, positum, to put, place, med. the same as Post-mortem. writer; something appended. A postscript

set. See POSITION.] 1. The situation or Post-obit (post-ob'it), a. (See above.) After dashed across the rest.' Tennyson.

disposition of the several parts of the body death; posthumous; as, a post-obit bond.

I knew one, that when he wrote a letter, he would

with respect to each other, or with respect Post-oesophageal (post'e-so-faj"ē-al), a. put that which was most material in the postscript.

to a particular purpose; attitude; position Situated behind the gullet or csophagus.

Locke. of the body or its members.

n.

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