(Pos"set) n. [W. posel curdled milk, posset.] A beverage composed of hot milk curdled by
some strong infusion, as by wine, etc., much in favor formerly. "I have drugged their posset." Shak.
(Pos"set), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Posseted; p. pr. & vb. n. Posseting.]
1. To curdle; to turn, as milk; to coagulate; as, to posset the blood. [Obs.] Shak.
2. To treat with possets; to pamper. [R.] "She was cosseted and posseted." O. W. Holmes.
(Pos`si*bil"i*ty) n.; pl. Possibilities [F. possibilité, L. possibilitas.]
1. The quality or state of being possible; the power of happening, being, or existing. "All possibility of
error." Hooker. "Latent possibilities of excellence." Johnson.
2. That which is possible; a contingency; a thing or event that may not happen; a contingent interest, as in
real or personal estate. South. Burrill.
(Pos"si*ble) a. [F., fr. L. possibilis, fr. posse to be able, to have power; potis able, capable +
esse to be. See Potent, Am, and cf. Host a landlord.] Capable of existing or occurring, or of being
conceived or thought of; able to happen; capable of being done; not contrary to the nature of things;
sometimes used to express extreme improbability; barely able to be, or to come to pass; as, possibly he
is honest, as it is possible that Judas meant no wrong.
With God all things are possible.Matt. xix. 26.
Syn. Practicable; likely. See Practicable.
(Pos"si*bly), adv. In a possible manner; by possible means; especially, by extreme, remote,
or improbable intervention, change, or exercise of power; by a chance; perhaps; as, possibly he may
Can we . . . possibly his love desert?Milton.
When possibly I can, I will return.Shak.
To play possum, To act possum, to feign ignorance, indifference or inattention, with the intent to
deceive; to dissemble; in allusion to the habit of the opossum, which feigns death when attacked or
(Pos"sum) n. [Shortened from opossum.] (Zoöl.) An opossum. [Colloq. U. S.]
(Post-) [L. post behind, after; cf. Skr. paçcabehind, afterwards.] A prefix signifying behind,
back, after; as, postcommissure, postdot, postscript.
(Post), a. [F. aposter to place in a post or position, generally for a bad purpose.] Hired to do
what is wrong; suborned. [Obs.] Sir E. Sandys.
(Post), n. [AS., fr. L. postis, akin to ponere, positum, to place. See Position, and cf. 4th Post.]