1. The act of publishing or making known; notification to the people at large, either by words, writing, or printing; proclamation; divulgation; promulgation; as, the publication of the law at Mount Sinai; the publication of the gospel; the publication of statutes or edicts.
2. The act of offering a book, pamphlet, engraving, etc., to the public by sale or by gratuitous distribution.
The publication of these papers was not owing to our folly, but that of others. --Swift.
3. That which is published or made known; especially, any book, pamphlet, etc., offered for sale or to public notice; as, a daily or monthly publication.
4. An act done in public. [R. & Obs.]
His jealousy . . . attends the business, the recreations, the publications, and retirements of every man. --Jer. Taylor.
Publication of a libel Law, such an exhibition of a libel as brings it to the notice of at least one person other than the person libeled.
Publication of a will Law, the delivery of a will, as his own, by a testator to witnesses who attest it.
n 1: a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
2: the act of issuing printed materials [syn: issue]
3: the business of publishing [syn: publishing]