Public

Definition of Public

Pub´lic
a.1.Of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; - opposed to private; as, the public treasury.
To the public good
Private respects must yield.
- Milton.
He [Alexander Hamilton] touched the dead corpse of the public credit, and it sprung upon its feet.
- D. Webster.
2.Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
Joseph, . . . not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
- Matt. i. 19.
3.Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house.
public act
(Law) an act or statute affecting matters of public concern. Of such statutes the courts take judicial notice.
Public credit
See under Credit.
Public funds
See Fund, 3.
Public house
an inn, or house of entertainment.
Public law
a - See International law, under International.
b - A public act or statute.
Public nuisance
(Law) See under Nuisance.
Public orator
(Eng. Universities) See Orator, 3.
Public stores
military and naval stores, equipments, etc.
Public works
all fixed works built by civil engineers for public use, as railways, docks, canals, etc.; but strictly, military and civil engineering works constructed at the public cost.
n.1.The general body of mankind, or of a nation, state, or community; the people, indefinitely; as, the American public; also, a particular body or aggregation of people; as, an author's public.
The public is more disposed to censure than to praise.
- Addison.
2.A public house; an inn.
In public
openly; before an audience or the people at large; not in private or secrecy.
- Shak.

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