the status of a literary work or an invention whose copyright or patent has expired or that never had such protection.
land owned by the government.
(US) lands owned by a state or by the federal government
the status of a published work or invention upon which the copyright or patent has expired or which has not been patented or subject to copyright. It may thus be freely used by the public
in the public domain, able to be discussed and examined freely by the general public
noun 1. a person or thing considered a danger or menace to the public, especially a wanted criminal widely sought by the F.B.I. and local police forces. 2. a nation or government with which one’s own is at war. public enemy noun 1. a notorious person, such as a criminal, who is regarded as a […]
or Public Enemy Number 1, Public Enemy No. 1 noun 1. (not in official use) a criminal at the top of the FBI’s list of the ten most wanted criminals. 2. a major menace to public safety, health, etc.: Cancer is Public Enemy Number One.
- Public enterprise
noun 1. economic activity by governmental organizations Compare private enterprise (sense 1) noun any economic activity carried out by the government; also, a business or industry controlled by the government Examples Utilities (gas, electricity, etc.), broadcasting, telecommunications, and certain forms of transport are examples of public enterprise. Word Origin 1849
- Public expenditure
noun 1. spending by central government, local authorities, and public corporations
noun 1. public attention or notice; limelight: a politician who keeps out of the public eye.