General English


  • noun a solid wooden or concrete pole, placed in a hole in the ground, and used to support a fence or a gate


  • noun a system of sending letters and parcels from one place to another

Cars & Driving

  • noun a pillar between the roof and the waistline; from front to rear, there are A-, B-, C-, and D-posts


  • noun letters sent or received
  • noun job, paid work in a company
  • verb to send something by post


  • verb to enter data into a record in a file
  • acronym forpower on self test
    (written as POST)


  • A member used in a vertical position to support a beam or other structural member in a building, or as part of a fence. In lumber, 4 x 4s are often referred to as posts. Most grading rules define a post as having dimensions of 5" x 5" or more in width, with the width not more than 2" greater than the thickness.
  • Vertical formwork member used as a brace. Also called a shore, prop, and jack.
  • A secondary column located at the end of a building to support its girts.


  • verb (of a batsman, partnership, or batting side) to score the stated number of runs
    Citation ‘Greenidge and Haynes had jumped into their punishing and presumptuous grandeur. They had posted a haughty 60 in no time’ (Frank Keating, Guardian 15 January 1994)
    Citation ‘The bowlers did not know where to pitch and it was only some superb fielding which prevented Pakistan from posting a world record total’ (Vijay Lokapally, Sportstar [Chennai] 7 May 1994)
  • verb (of the captain) to station a fielder in the specified position
    Citation ‘Key tried a spot of bodyline, posting three fielders on the leg-side boundary for Loye’ (Andy Wilson, Guardian 21 July 2006)


  • A upright length of a material, such as wood or metal, which serves for support, attachment, connection, or the like. For example, that utilized to join two or more conductors.
  • A terminal, used for making electrical connections, that incorporates a screw which is usually adjusted by hand. Used, for instance, to connect audio speaker cables. Also called binding post, binding screw, or screw terminal.
  • A post (1) placed in a waveguide to introduce a reactance, susceptance, or the like. An example is a capacitive post. Also called waveguide post.
  • In a communications network, especially the Internet, to submit a message to a newsgroup, online bulletin board, or the like.
  • acronym forPower-On Self-Test
    (written as POST)

Information & Library Science

  • prefix
    (written as post-)
    combining with nouns, adjectives and dates to indicate that something has happened after the stated time
  • verb to add the accession number to an index entry


  • verb to pay a bond or bail for someone

Media Studies

  • verb to place or send a message on a newsgroup or bulletin board on the Internet or some other electronic network
  • verb to update a database record by entering or transferring information
  • verb to make text appear online or at an Internet location


  • noun a place where a serviceman or servicewoman is stationed
  • noun a military base or installation
  • noun a tactical position
  • verb to assign a serviceman or servicewoman to a new grouping or location
  • verb to position soldiers for a task

Real Estate

  • noun a pole of wood or metal fixed in the ground in an upright position, serving as a support, marker or place for attaching things
  • noun a vertical piece in a building frame that supports a beam
  • noun one of the upright supports of a piece of furniture such as a chair or a four-poster bed


  • verb to score something, e.g. points, in a game or sport

General Science

  • acronym forpower-on self test
    (written as POST)

Origin & History of “post”

Including the prefix post-, English has four different words post. The oldest, ‘long upright piece of wood, metal, etc’ (OE), was borrowed from Latin postis. From it was derived the verb post ‘fix to a post’, which in turn produced poster (19th c.), denoting a placard that can be ‘posted’ up. Post ‘mail’ (16th c.) comes via French poste and Italian posta from vulgar Latin *posta, a contracted version of posita, the feminine form of the past participle of Latin pōnere ‘put, place’ (source of English position). The notion underlying the sense ‘mail’ is of riders ‘placed’ or stationed at intervals along a road so as to carry letters at speed by a relay system. Post ‘job’ (16th c.) reached English via a very similar route, this time from the neuter form of the Latin past participle, positum. This became *postum in Vulgar Latin, which produced Italian posto, French poste, and English post. here again the word’s original meaning, ‘position where a soldier is placed’, reflects that of its Latin source pōnere. The prefix post- comes from the Latin preposition post ‘after’. It occurs in a number of English words that go back to Latin ancestors (including posterior (16th c.), posthumous, postpone (16th c.), postscript (16th c.), and the more heavily disguised preposterous), as well as being widely used to create new coinages (such as postgraduate (19th c.) and postwar (20th c.)).