public, adj.

1. Relating or belonging to an entire community, state, or nation. [Cases: Municipal Corporations 721. C.J.S. Municipal Corporations §§ 1557–1559.]

2. Open or available for all to use, share, or enjoy.

3. (Of a company) having shares that are available on an open market. [Cases: Corporations

3. C.J.S. Corporations §§ 5–7, 62.]

public, n.

1. The people of a nation or community as a whole (a crime against the public).

2. A place open or visible to the public (in public).