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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Construction projects, such as highways or dams, financed by public funds and constructed by a government for the benefit or use of the general public.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Technical projects, often construction or engineering, carried out by the government on behalf of the community.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. structures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks) constructed at government expense for public use

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