Main definitions of postscript in English

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postscript1

noun

  • 1An additional remark at the end of a letter, after the signature and introduced by ‘PS’

    ‘he added a postscript: ‘Leaving tomorrow’’
    • ‘A postscript to my post on US treatment of North Korea yesterday.’
    • ‘My tongue-in-cheek postscript admits that I don't know everything about this band, that there's more to the story, and throws in a few cheap shots.’
    • ‘But what intrigued me most of all was a postscript was appended to the Hardy letter: ‘Remember me to Coffin and the admiral.’’
    • ‘I had considered deleting this post altogether - and perhaps this would still be a good idea - but, since other blogs had linked to it, decided instead to add this postscript.’
    • ‘The letter was followed by a postscript that reiterated: ‘We are convinced and satisfied with the explanation of the Editorial Board.’’
    • ‘He adds a characteristically aw-shucks postscript: ‘I have no way of justifying what I do, no temporal defence at all.’’
    • ‘The most poignant part of the letter was the handwritten postscript.’
    • ‘Walsingham's spies discovered that she was secretly corresponding with a group of Catholic plotters and, having intercepted her letters, they forged a postscript in her hand asking for the identities of those involved.’
    afterthought, ps, additional remark
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    1. 1.1 An extra piece of information about an event that is added after it has happened.
      ‘as a postscript to this, Paul did finally marry’
      • ‘It fetched £60 as scrap but, as a galling postscript to the accident, he saw the car for sale on a used-car lot shortly afterwards, priced at £600.’
      • ‘As part of a postscript to all of this, her boyfriend says he's forgiven her in his heart.’
      • ‘However, there was a chilling postscript to the event which shows just how close they were to being in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
      • ‘That his new novel uses photography as a postscript for a moment in history which will forever be indelibly inscribed upon our souls is a gesture both probing and poignant.’
      • ‘This is the often-unacknowledged postscript to military service.’
      • ‘As a postscript to my travels, I thought I'd leave you with some Top Fives from Europe.’
      • ‘A postscript reminds us that the book ‘is a work of fiction’, and provides some documentation ‘for readers interested in tracking where historical fact ends and historical imagining begins’.’
      • ‘The story ends here, but will continue in postscripts.’
      • ‘A description of this lurid affair would make a fitting postscript to Hunt's book.’
      • ‘But there is a postscript still waiting to be made.’
      • ‘It describes a foundering civilisation, soon to be overrun, with the obligatory postscript from a future archaeologist noting that the ruins sit upon evidence of yet another culture.’
      • ‘The violence continued sporadically for months; and months after it had died down, anonymous avengers riposted with a cycle of bomb blasts, a horrific postscript to the slaughter.’
      • ‘Just as a postscript: According to the newspapers the whole country has been on a ‘go slow’ with regard to Christmas spending this year so one would imagine that Settle is no exception.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, there would be a gratifying postscript to the Honey story.’
      • ‘As a postscript, my friend has since left school and went to Wall Street to run numbers for some large financial company.’
      • ‘The postscript to this anecdote is that I sat at the very same table on another occasion, around the same time, with my brother and a friend of my brother's (whose name I can't remember).’
      • ‘And, as a postscript to that, Bob, what if, the unlikely event, they find nothing?’
      • ‘In chapter 9 and in the postscript, the authors take on the use of genetics to prove that some races are inherently more intelligent than others and thoroughly debunk these approaches.’
      • ‘However, since this mode was included in previous versions, it feels more like a postscript than a true addition or novelty.’
      • ‘As a postscript your readers may have noticed that this individual has been allowed to have two letters published in the same edition, although she describes herself differently in each letter.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin postscriptum, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of postscribere ‘write under, add’, from post ‘after, later’ + scribere ‘write’.

Pronunciation

postscript

/ˈpəʊs(t)skrɪpt/

Main definitions of postscript in English

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PostScript2

noun

Computing
trademark
  • A language used as a standard for describing pages of text.

    • ‘Additionally, TrueType fonts work better than PostScript fonts for screen display.’
    • ‘PostScript documents are programs executed by a PostScript interpreter and sent to print servers that only accept passive input text.’
    • ‘Whenever a PostScript image is received with any packets missing, it will be incomplete in the recording, and will not appear during playback.’
    • ‘Editing this PostScript file is a bit like editing an executable task image output from a very bad compiler, and not at all like editing a program written carefully in assembly language.’
    • ‘If the file is a PostScript file, we run ghostscript to format it for our particular type of non-Postscript Printer.’

Pronunciation

PostScript

/ˈpəʊs(t)skrɪpt/