an office or station of a government postal system at which mail is received and sorted, from which it is dispatched and distributed, and at which stamps are sold or other services rendered.
(often initial capital letter) the department of a government charged with the transportation of mail.
a game in which one player is designated “postmaster” or “postmistress” and calls another player of the opposite sex into an adjoining room, ostensibly to receive a letter but actually to receive a kiss.
a building or room where postage stamps are sold and other postal business is conducted
a government department or authority in many countries responsible for postal services and often telecommunications
1650s, “public department in charge of letter-carrying,” from post (n.3) + office. Meaning “building where postal business is carried on” is from 1650s. In slang or euphemistic sense of “a sexual game” it refers to an actual parlor game first attested early 1850s in which pretend “letters” were paid for by kisses.
- Post-office box
noun 1. (in a post office) a locked compartment into which the mail of a box renter is put to be called for. Abbreviation: POB, P.O.B.
noun 1. former name of .
- Post office problem
algorithm Given a set of points (in N dimensions), find another point which minimises the sum of the distances from that point to each of the others. (2007-03-07)
- Post office protocol
messaging, protocol (POP) A protocol designed to allow single-user computers to retrieve electronic mail from a POP server via TCP/IP. The default port is 110. The POP server might be a computer with a permanent Internet connection whereas its clients might only connect to it occasionally, e.g. by modem. There are (in 1994) three versions: […]