1. an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty

    Synonyms : booby trap
    Type Of : difficulty
  2. a trap in the form of a concealed hole

    Synonyms : pit
    Type Of : trap


  1. people in general considered as a whole

    Synonyms : populace, world
    Type Of : people
    Examples :
    • he is a hero in the eyes of the public
  2. a body of people sharing some common interest

    Type Of : body
    Examples :
    • the reading public
  3. affecting the people or community as a whole

    Examples :
    • the public welfare
  4. not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole

    Antonyms : private
    Examples :
    • the public good
    • public libraries
    • public funds
    • public parks
    • a public scandal
    • public gardens
    • performers and members of royal families are public figures


  1. a specialist in the care of babies

    Synonyms : baby doctor, paediatrician, pediatrist
    Type Of : medical specialist, specialist


  1. containing pus

    Synonyms : purulent
  2. informal terms referring to a domestic cat

    Synonyms : kitty, kitty-cat, puss, pussycat
    Type Of : felis domesticus, domestic cat, felis catus, house cat
  3. obscene terms for female genitals

    Synonyms : cunt, puss, slit, snatch, twat
    Type Of : female genitals, fanny, female genital organ, female genitalia


  1. to a proportionate degree

    Synonyms : proportionately


  1. for a long time without essential change

    Synonyms : for good
    Antonyms : temporarily
    Examples :
    • he is permanently disabled


  1. attack and bombard with or as if with missiles

    Synonyms : pepper
    Type Of : assail, attack
    Examples :
    • pelt the speaker with questions
  2. the dressed hairy coat of a mammal

    Synonyms : fur
    Type Of : animal skin
  3. rain heavily

    Synonyms : pour, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, stream
    Type Of : rain down, rain
  4. body covering of a living animal

    Synonyms : hide, skin
    Type Of : body covering
  5. cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile

    Synonyms : bombard
    Type Of : throw
    Examples :
    • They pelted each other with snowballs


  1. feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

    Synonyms : repentant
    Antonyms : impenitent
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)

    Type Of : religious person


  1. waste matter that contaminates the water or air or soil

    Type Of : waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product


  1. a job in an organization

    Synonyms : berth, billet, office, place, position, situation, spot
    Type Of : job, line of work, business, occupation, line
    Examples :
    • he occupied a post in the treasury
  2. mark with a stake

    Synonyms : stake
    Type Of : mark
  3. transfer (entries) from one account book to another

    Synonyms : carry
    Type Of : transfer
  4. United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)

    Synonyms : c. w. post, charles william post
  5. United States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872-1960)

    Synonyms : emily post, emily price post
  6. military installation at which a body of troops is stationed

    Synonyms : military post
    Type Of : military installation
    Examples :
    • this military post provides an important source of income for the town nearby
    • there is an officer's club on the post
  7. cause to be directed or transmitted to another place

    Synonyms : mail, send
    Type Of : transfer
  8. assign to a station

    Synonyms : place, send, station
    Type Of : move, displace
  9. a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)

    Synonyms : stake
    Type Of : visual signal
    Examples :
    • a pair of posts marked the goal
  10. the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office

    Synonyms : mail, mail service, postal service
    Type Of : communication, communicating
    Examples :
    • in England they call mail `the post'
  11. place so as to be noticed

    Synonyms : put up
    Type Of : set up, instal, install, put in
    Examples :
    • post a sign
    • post a warning at the dump
  12. mark or expose as infamous

    Synonyms : brand
    Type Of : call
  13. any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered

    Synonyms : mail
    Type Of : collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage
    Examples :
    • is there any post for me?
    • she was opening her post
  14. the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand

    Synonyms : station
    Type Of : place, position
    Examples :
    • a soldier manned the entrance post
  15. United States aviator who in 1933 made the first solo flight around the world (1899-1935)

    Synonyms : wiley post
  16. affix in a public place or for public notice

    Type Of : stick on, affix
    Examples :
    • post a warning
  17. an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position

    Type Of : vertical, upright
    Examples :
    • he set a row of posts in the ground and strung barbwire between them
  18. assign to a post; put into a post

    Type Of : depute, designate, assign, delegate
    Examples :
    • The newspaper posted him in Timbuktu
  19. display, as of records in sports games

    Type Of : put down, enter, record
  20. enter on a public list

    Type Of : list
  21. publicize with, or as if with, a poster

    Type Of : denote, announce
    Examples :
    • I'll post the news on the bulletin board
  22. ride Western style and bob up and down in the saddle in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait

    Type Of : ride horseback
  23. the delivery and collection of letters and packages

    Type Of : bringing, delivery
    Examples :
    • it came by the first post
    • if you hurry you'll catch the post