When you have finished and signed a letter and then add a note on the end with a P.S., this is an example of a postscript.
Origin of postscriptModern Latin postscriptum ; from L, neuter past participle of postscribere ; from post-, after (see post-) + scribere, to write: see scribe
- A message appended at the end of a letter after the writer's signature.
- Additional information appended to the manuscript, as of a book or article.
Origin of postscriptMedieval Latin *postscr&imacron;ptum, from neuter past participle of Latin postscr&imacron;bere, to write after : post-, post- + scr&imacron;bere, to write; see skr&imacron;bh- in Indo-European roots.
In a letter, to indicate the beginning of a postscript one often uses the abbreviation P.S. followed by a colon.
(third-person singular simple present postscripts, present participle postscripting, simple past and past participle postscripted)
- To extend (a letter etc.) with additional remarks.
postscript - Computer Definition
The de facto standard page description language (PDL) in the graphics arts industry as well as in commercial printing. Developed by Adobe, many printers and most imagesetters support PostScript by having a built-in PostScript interpreter. Printing on a PostScript Printer When a document is printed on a PostScript printer, it is converted to a PostScript file directly from the graphics or page layout program or by the operating system's PostScript printer driver. The PostScript interpreter in the printer converts the text commands into the printer's machine language, which rasterizes the pages and prints them. See rasterize. When documents are sent to a commercial printer, they are sent in their native page layout format, such as InDesign or QuarkXPress, or as PDF files. The printing house then converts the documents to PostScript. PostScript and PDF PostScript was designed as a language to direct the printer or imagesetter hardware. Although based on PostScript, PDF was designed for viewing and interacting with the documents. See PDF and Acrobat. PostScript Levels Adobe PostScript Level 2, introduced in 1990, added data compression and enhancements for color printing. Level 3 (1997) added more enhancements and native fonts and the ability to directly support more formats, including HTML, PDF, GIF and JPEG. Encapsulated Postscript Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) is a subset of PostScript that is used to exchange graphics in the PostScript format. The graphics content may be any combination of vector and raster graphics as well as text. See EPS, Adobe Type Manager and PostScript fonts.