Found 2 items, similar to post horse.
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Definition: post horse
n : a horse kept at an inn or post house for use by mail
carriers or for rent to travelers [syn: poster
English → English
Definition: Post horse
, n. [F. poste, LL. posta station, post (where horses
were kept), properly, a fixed or set place, fem. fr. L.
positus placed, p. p. of ponere. See Position
, and cf.
1. The place at which anything is stopped, placed, or fixed;
a station. Specifically:
(a) A station, or one of a series of stations, established
for the refreshment and accommodation of travelers on
some recognized route; as, a stage or railway post.
(b) A military station; the place at which a soldier or a
body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such
(c) The piece of ground to which a sentinel's walk is
2. A messenger who goes from station; an express; especially,
one who is employed by the government to carry letters and
parcels regularly from one place to another; a letter
carrier; a postman.
In certain places there be always fresh posts, to
carry that further which is brought unto them by the
other. --Abp. Abbot.
I fear my Julia would not deign my lines,
Receiving them from such a worthless post. --Shak.
3. An established conveyance for letters from one place or
station to another; especially, the governmental system in
any country for carrying and distributing letters and
parcels; the post office; the mail; hence, the carriage by
which the mail is transported.
I send you the fair copy of the poem on dullness,
which I should not care to hazard by the common
4. Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier.
[Obs.] “In post he came.”
5. One who has charge of a station, especially of a postal
He held office of postmaster, or, as it was then
called, post, for several years. --Palfrey.
6. A station, office, or position of service, trust, or
emolument; as, the post of duty; the post of danger.
The post of honor is a private station. --Addison.
7. A size of printing and writing paper. See the Table under
Post and pair
, an old game at cards, in which each player a
hand of three cards. --B. Jonson.
, a mail bag.
, a bill of letters mailed by a postmaster.
, or Post coach
, a carriage usually with four
wheels, for the conveyance of travelers who travel post.
, a day on which the mall arrives or departs.
, a hired post horse. --Sir H. Wotton.
, a horn, or trumpet, carried and blown by a
carrier of the public mail, or by a coachman.
, a horse stationed, intended, or used for the
, hour for posting letters. --Dickens.
(a) An office under governmental superintendence, where
letters, papers, and other mailable matter, are
received and distributed; a place appointed for
attending to all business connected with the mail.
(b) The governmental system for forwarding mail matter.
. See Money order
, under Money
, or Post route
, a road or way over which the
mail is carried.
(a) A town in which post horses are kept.
(b) A town in which a post office is established by law.
To ride post
, to ride, as a carrier of dispatches, from
place to place; hence, to ride rapidly, with as little
delay as possible.
To travel post
, to travel, as a post does, by relays of
horses, or by keeping one carriage to which fresh horses
are attached at each stopping place.