A publication is something made to communicate with the public. Publications are usually printed on paper (like magazines and books), but online publications are delivered via the Internet.

The noun publication comes from the Latin word publicare, meaning “make public.” Publication usually means something is written and made available publicly, but a company or government can submit publications of things like earnings or unemployment indexes that are communicated differently. If you are an aspiring author, publication of your work is, most likely, the Holy Grail you seek.

Definitions of publication
  1. noun
    the act of issuing printed materials
    synonyms: issue
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    the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution
  2. noun
    the business of issuing printed matter for sale or distribution
    synonyms: publishing
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    desktop publishing
    (computer science) the use of microcomputers with graphics capacity to produce printed materials
    republication, republishing
    the act of publishing again
    a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story
    serialisation, serialization
    publication in serial form
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    business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
    the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
  3. noun
    a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
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    Das Kapital
    a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
    a satirical novel written by Samuel Butler (1872) describing a fictitious land
    a book written by Sir Thomas More (1516) describing the perfect society on an imaginary island
    Oxford English Dictionary
    an unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles
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    reissue, reprint, reprinting
    a publication (such as a book) that is reprinted without changes or editing and offered again for sale
    new edition
    a publication (such as a book) that has been modified or updated and offered again for sale
    a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
    a publication that is one of a set of several similar publications
    something that is read
    impression, printing
    all the copies of a work printed at one time
    collection, compendium
    a publication containing a variety of works
    a publication that appears at fixed intervals
    mag, magazine
    a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it
    tip sheet
    a publication containing the latest information or tips or predictions for a particular business or stock market information or horse racing results, etc.
    reference, source
    a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
    something that has been published again; a fresh publication (as of a literary work)
    an authoritative written work
    books on strange or unusual subjects (especially erotica)
    formulary, pharmacopeia
    (pharmacology) a book containing a compilation of pharmaceutical products with their formulas and methods of preparation
    trade book, trade edition
    a book intended for general readership
    a medieval book (usually illustrated) with allegorical and amusing descriptions of real and fabled animals
    an elementary book summarizing the principles of a Christian religion; written as questions and answers
    pop-up, pop-up book
    a book (usually for children) that contains one or more pages such that a three-dimensional structure rises up when a page is opened
    a book containing a collection of stories (usually for children)
    a (usually) large and scholarly book
    booklet, brochure, folder, leaflet, pamphlet
    a small book usually having a paper cover
    school text, schoolbook, text, text edition, textbook
    a book prepared for use in schools or colleges
    a student's book or booklet containing problems with spaces for solving them
    a book containing models of good penmanship; used in teaching penmanship
    appointment book, appointment calendar
    a book containing a calendar and space to keep a record of appointments
    catalog, catalogue
    a book or pamphlet containing an enumeration of things
    phrase book
    a book containing common expressions in a foreign language along with their translations
    a book containing the scripts of one or more dramatic plays
    prayer book, prayerbook
    a book containing prayers
    book of facts, reference, reference book, reference work
    a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
    review copy
    a copy of a newly published book that is sent for review to a writer or periodical
    a book containing a collection of songs
    the form in which a text (especially a printed book) is published
    proof, test copy, trial impression
    (printing) an impression made to check for errors
    a printed impression that is blurred or doubled
    a collection of selected literary passages
    collection of records especially about an institution
    compilation, digest
    something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)
    a periodical that summarizes the news
    a periodical (magazine or newspaper) containing many pictures
    serial, serial publication, series
    a periodical that appears at scheduled times
    a periodical that is published by a special interest group
    dope sheet, scratch sheet
    a racing publication giving information on horses and the outcomes of horse races
    colour supplement
    (British) a magazine that is printed in color and circulated with a newspaper (especially on weekends)
    comic book
    a magazine devoted to comic strips
    news magazine
    a magazine devoted to reports of current events; usually published weekly
    pulp, pulp magazine
    an inexpensive magazine printed on poor quality paper
    glossy, slick, slick magazine
    a magazine printed on good quality paper
    trade magazine
    a magazine published for and read by members of a particular trade group
    issue, number
    one of a series published periodically
    a periodical dedicated to a particular subject
    a periodical that publishes critical essays on current affairs or literature or art
    a book published annually by the graduating class of a high school or college usually containing photographs of faculty and graduating students
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    piece of work, work
    a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
  4. noun
    the communication of something to the public; making information generally known
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    something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
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