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 for Public funds
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fund \Fund\, n. [OF. font, fond, nom. fonz, bottom, ground, F.
     fond bottom, foundation, fonds fund, fr. L. fundus bottom,
     ground, foundation, piece of land. See Found to establish.]
     1. An aggregation or deposit of resources from which supplies
        are or may be drawn for carrying on any work, or for
        maintaining existence.
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     2. A stock or capital; a sum of money appropriated as the
        foundation of some commercial or other operation
        undertaken with a view to profit; that reserve by means of
        which expenses and credit are supported; as, the fund of a
        bank, commercial house, manufacturing corporation, etc.
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     3. pl. The stock of a national debt; public securities;
        evidences (stocks or bonds) of money lent to government,
        for which interest is paid at prescribed intervals; --
        called also public funds.
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     4. An invested sum, whose income is devoted to a specific
        object; as, the fund of an ecclesiastical society; a fund
        for the maintenance of lectures or poor students; also,
        money systematically collected to meet the expenses of
        some permanent object.
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     5. A store laid up, from which one may draw at pleasure; a
        supply; a full provision of resources; as, a fund of
        wisdom or good sense.
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              An inexhaustible fund of stories.     --Macaulay.
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     Sinking fund, the aggregate of sums of money set apart and
        invested, usually at fixed intervals, for the
        extinguishment of the debt of a government, or of a
        corporation, by the accumulation of interest.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Public \Pub"lic\, a. [L. publicus, poblicus, fr. populus people:
     cf. F. public. See People.]
     1. Of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people;
        relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community;
        -- opposed to private; as, the public treasury.
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              To the public good
              Private respects must yield.          --Milton.
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              He [Alexander Hamilton] touched the dead corpse of
              the public credit, and it sprung upon its feet. --D.
                                                    Webster.
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     2. Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common;
        notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
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              Joseph, . . . not willing to make her a public
              example, was minded to put her away privily. --Matt.
                                                    i. 19.
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     3. Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public
        house. "The public street." --Shak.
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     public act or public statute (Law), an act or statute
        affecting matters of public concern. Of such statutes the
        courts take judicial notice.
  
     Public credit. See under Credit.
  
     Public funds. See Fund, 3.
  
     Public house, an inn, or house of entertainment.
  
     Public law.
        (a) See International law, under International.
        (b) A public act or statute.
  
     Public nuisance. (Law) See under Nuisance.
  
     Public orator. (Eng. Universities) See Orator, 3.
  
     Public stores, military and naval stores, equipments, etc.
        
  
     Public works, 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.
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