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truncate | post |

As a verb truncate

is to shorten something as if by cutting off part of it.

As an adjective truncate

is truncated.

As a noun post is

post, mail.



  • To shorten something as if by cutting off part of it.
  • (mathematics) To shorten a decimal number by removing trailing (or leading) digits; to chop.
  • (geometry) To replace a corner by a plane (or to make a similar change to a crystal).
  • Synonyms

    * (mathematics) round down


  • truncated
  • (botany, anatomy) Having an abrupt termination.
  • post


    (wikipedia post)

    Alternative forms

    * poast (obsolete)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl)


    (en noun)
  • A long dowel or plank protruding from the ground; a fence post; a light post
  • (construction) a stud; a two-by-four
  • A pole in a battery
  • (dentistry) A long, narrow piece inserted into a root canal to provide retention for a crown.
  • a prolonged final melody note, among moving harmony notes
  • (paper, printing) A printing paper size measuring 19.25 inches x 15.5 inches
  • (sports) goalpost
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=But they marginally improved after the break as Didier Drogba hit the post . }}
  • (obsolete) The doorpost of a victualler's shop or inn, on which were chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt.
  • * S. Rowlands
  • When God sends coin / I will discharge your post .
    Derived terms
    * doorpost * fencepost * from pillar to post * gatepost * goalpost * hitching post * king post * lamppost * listening post * milepost * newel post * post hole * * scratching post * signpost * tool post


    (en verb)
  • To hang (a notice) in a conspicuous manner for general review.
  • Post no bills.
  • To hold up to public blame or reproach; to advertise opprobriously; to denounce by public proclamation.
  • to post someone for cowardice
  • * Granville
  • On pain of being posted to your sorrow / Fail not, at four, to meet me.
  • (accounting) To carry (an account) from the journal to the ledger.
  • * Arbuthnot
  • You have not posted your books these ten years.
  • To inform; to give the news to; to make acquainted with the details of a subject; often with up .
  • * London Saturday Review
  • thoroughly posted up in the politics and literature of the day
  • (poker) To pay (a blind)
  • Since Jim was new to the game, he had to post $4 in order to receive a hand.
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Each of a series of men stationed at specific places along a postroad, with responsibility for relaying letters and dispatches of the monarch (and later others) along the route.
  • (dated) A station, or one of a series of stations, established for the refreshment and accommodation of travellers on some recognized route.
  • a stage or railway post
  • A military base; the place at which a soldier or a body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such a station.
  • * Archbishop Abbot
  • In certain places there be always fresh posts , to carry that further which is brought unto them by the other.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I fear my Julia would not deign my lines, / Receiving them from such a worthless post .
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 199:
  • information was filtered through the counting-houses and warehouses of Antwerp; posts galloped along the roads of the Low Countries, while dispatches streamed through Calais, and were passed off the merchant galleys arriving in London from the Flanders ports.
  • An organisation for delivering letters, parcels etc., or the service provided by such an organisation.
  • sent via ''post'''; ''parcel '''post
  • * Alexander Pope
  • I send you the fair copy of the poem on dullness, which I should not care to hazard by the common post .
  • A single delivery of letters; the letters or deliveries that make up a single batch delivered to one person or one address.
  • A message posted in an electronic forum.
  • A location on a basketball court near the basket.
  • (American football) A moderate to deep passing route in which a receiver runs 10-20 yards from the line of scrimmage straight down the field, then cuts toward the middle of the field (towards the facing goalposts) at a 45-degree angle.
  • Two of the receivers ran post patterns.
  • (obsolete) Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In post he came.
  • (obsolete) One who has charge of a station, especially a postal station.
  • * Palfrey
  • He held office of postmaster, or, as it was then called, post , for several years.
    Derived terms
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


    (en verb)
  • To send an item of mail.
  • Mail items posted before 7.00pm within the Central Business District and before 5.00pm outside the Central Business District will be delivered the next working day.
  • To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Post speedily to my lord your husband.
  • * Milton
  • And post o'er land and ocean without rest.
  • (UK, horse-riding) To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with the motion of the horse, especially in trotting.
  • (Internet) To publish a message to a newsgroup, forum, blog, etc.
  • I couldn't figure it out, so I posted a question on the mailing list.
    Derived terms


  • With the post, on post-horses; express, with speed, quickly
  • * 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 353:
  • In this posture were affairs at the inn when a gentleman arrived there post .
  • * 1888 , Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly’, Plain Tales from the Hills , Folio 2005, p. 93:
  • He prided himself on looking neat even when he was riding post .
  • sent via the postal service
  • Descendants
    * German: (l)

    Etymology 3

    Probably from (etyl) poste.


    (en noun)
  • An assigned station; a guard post.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=52, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The new masters and commanders , passage=From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts . For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.}}
  • An appointed position in an organization.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 14, author=Angelique Chrisafis, work=Guardian
  • , title= Rachida Dati accuses French PM of sexism and elitism , passage=She was Nicolas Sarkozy's pin-up for diversity, the first Muslim woman with north African parents to hold a major French government post . But Rachida Dati has now turned on her own party elite with such ferocity that some have suggested she should be expelled from the president's ruling party.}}


    (en verb)
  • To enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, etc.
  • To assign to a station; to set; to place.
  • Post a sentinel in front of the door.
  • * De Quincey
  • It might be to obtain a ship for a lieutenant, or to get him posted .

    Etymology 4

    From (etyl) post


    (English prepositions)
  • after; especially after a significant event that has long-term ramifications
  • * 2008 , Michael Tomasky, "Obama cannot let the right cast him in that 60s show", The Guardian , online,
  • One of the most appealing things for me about Barack Obama has always been that he comes post the post-60s generation.
  • * 2008 , Matthew Stevens, "Lew pressured to reveal what he knows", The Australian , online,
  • Lew reckons he had three options for the cash-cow which was Premier post the Coles sale.

    See also

    * post-


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