What does the word auction mean?

Usage examples for auction

  1. But, whenever Pyrrhus went to market, letters reached the island delivered at the fish auction in the harbour by Anukis, Charmian's Nubian maid, to the old freedman, who had become her close friend. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. I thought the auction turned out well for you, but I never heard for certain, and maybe you haven't got the money for the boat. – Hyacinth 1906 by George A. Birmingham
  3. " George," said Kate, speaking before she quite got up to them, " will you tell me whether you have been preparing all your things for an open sale by auction?" – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope