Webster 1913 Edition
populuspeople: cf. F.
Of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; – opposed to
Private respects must yield.
Private respects must yield.
He [Alexander Hamilton] touched the dead corpse of the
publiccredit, and it sprung upon its feet.
Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious;
Joseph, . . . not willing to make her a
publicexample, was minded to put her away privily.
Matt. i. 19.
Open to common or general use;“The public street.”
an act or statute affecting matters of public concern. Of such statutes the courts take judicial notice.–
an inn, or house of entertainment.–
International law, under
A public act or statute.–
military and naval stores, equipments, etc.–
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.
The general body of mankind, or of a nation, state, or community; the people, indefinitely;
as, the American; also, a particular body or aggregation of people;
as, an author’s.
publicis more disposed to censure than to praise.
A public house; an inn.
Sir W. Scott.
openly; before an audience or the people at large; not in private or secrecy.“We are to speak in public.”
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Pertaining to a nation, state or community; extending to a whole people; as a public law, which binds the people of a nation or state, as opposed to a private statute or resolve, which respects an individual or a corporation only. Thus we say, public welfare, public good, public calamity, public service, public property.
2.Common to many; current or circulated among people of all classes; general; as public report; public scandal.
3.Open; notorious; exposed to all persons without restriction.
Joseph her husband being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. Matt.1.
4.Regarding the community; directed to the interest of a nation, state or community; as public spirit; public mindedness; opposed to private or selfish.
5.Open for general entertainment; as a public house.
6.Open to common use; as a public road.
7.In general, public expresses something common to mankind at large, to a nation, state, city or town, and is opposed to private, which denotes what belongs to an individual, to a family, to a company or corporation.
Public law, is often synonymous with the law of nations.
The public is more disposed to censure than to praise.
In this passage, public is followed by a verb in the singular number; but being a noun of multitude, it is more generally followed by a plural verb; the public are.
In public, in open view; before the people at large; not in private or secrecy.
In private grieve, but with a careless scorn,
In public seem to triumph, not to mourn.