from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The post at the end of a racecourse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The post that marks the end of a racecourse, sometimes equipped with a camera for recording photo finishes
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the post, or goal, at the end of a race.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A post or goal in a race-course, the order of passing which determines the issue of the race.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the post at the end of a racecourse
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Noble Star was ahead by a nostril, then Pilot Fish, then the Lass then Noble Star … Winning Billy … and now they were past the winning post not one of them sure who had won — only Travkin sure he had lost.
Now the five runners were pounding the stretch, Noble Star on the outside, Winning Billy inching ahead of the Lass, all their withers sweat-foamed, now the Lass, now Pilot Fish ahead, and now the dappled gelding Lochinvar made his bid to conquer and he took the lead from Pilot Fish, taking the post position, all whips out and spurs in and only the winning post ahead.
Travkin saw the winning post bearing down on them.
Even the governor was pounding the balcony rail — "Come on come on Butterscotch Lasssss!" — and down by the winning post Nine Carat Chu was almost crushed against the rails by the press of the crowd craning forward.
The winning post was opposite and beside it, on the other side of the track, was the huge totalizator that would carry the names of the horses and jockeys and odds, race by race.