the public domain

Definition of the public domain

1 :the state of something that is not owned by a particular person or company and is available for anyone to use
  • The software has entered the public domain.
  • The software is in the public domain.
2 US :land that is owned by the government
  • The forests are part of the public domain.

Word by Word Definitions

public play
  1. : exposed to general view : open

  2. : well-known, prominent

  3. : perceptible, material

  1. : a place accessible or visible to the public

  2. : the people as a whole : populace

  3. : a group of people having common interests or characteristics

domain play
  1. : complete and absolute (see absolute 3) ownership of land — compare eminent domain

  2. : land so owned

  3. : a territory over which dominion (see dominion 2) is exercised


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