Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Procrastinator noun One who procrastinates, or defers the performance of anything.

Procrastinatory adjective Of or pertaining to procrastination; dilatory.

Procrastine transitive verb To procrastinate. [ Obsolete]

Procreant adjective [ Latin procreans , present participle of procreare . See Procreate .] Generating; producing; productive; fruitful; assisting in procreation. [ R.] "His pendent bed and procreant cradle." Shak.

Procreant noun One who, or that which, procreates.

Procreate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Procreated ; present participle & verbal noun Procreating .] [ Latin procreatus , past participle of procreare ; pro forward, forth + create to create.] To generate and produce; to beget; to engender.

Procreation noun [ French procréation , L, procreatio .] The act of begetting; generation and production of young. South.

Procreative adjective Having the power to beget; generative. Sir M. Hale.

Procreativeness noun The power of generating.

Procreator noun [ Latin ] One who begets; a father or sire; a generator.

Procris noun [ Latin , the wife of Cephalus, Greek ....] (Zoology) Any species of small moths of the genus Procris . The larvæ of some species injure the grapevine by feeding in groups upon the leaves.

Procrustean adjective Of or pertaining to Procrustes , or the mode of torture practiced by him; producing conformity by violent means; as, the Procrustean treatment; a Procrustean limit. See Procrustes .

Procrusteanize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Procrusteanized ; present participle & verbal noun Procrusteanizing .] To stretch or contract according to some rule or standard.

Procrustes noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., from ... to beat out, to stretch; ... forward + ... to strike.] (Gr. Antiq.) A celebrated legendary highwayman of Attica, who tied his victims upon an iron bed, and, as the case required, either stretched or cut of their legs to adapt them to its length; -- whence the metaphorical phrase, the bed of Procrustes .

Procrustesian adjective See Procrustean .

Proctitis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... anus + -itis .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the rectum.

Proctocele noun [ Greek ... anus + ... tumor.] (Medicine) Inversion and prolapse of the mucous coat of the rectum, from relaxation of the sphincter, with more or less swelling; prolapsus ani. Dunglison.

Proctodæum noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... the anus + ... to divide.] (Anat.) See Mesenteron .

Proctor noun [ Middle English proketour , contr. from procurator . See Procurator .] One who is employed to manage to affairs of another. Specifically: (a) A person appointed to collect alms for those who could not go out to beg for themselves, as lepers, the bedridden, etc.; hence a beggar. [ Obsolete] Nares. (b) (Eng. Law) An officer employed in admiralty and ecclesiastical causes. He answers to an attorney at common law, or to a solicitor in equity. Wharton. (c) (Ch. of Eng.) A representative of the clergy in convocation. (d) An officer in a university or college whose duty it is to enforce obedience to the laws of the institution.

Proctor transitive verb To act as a proctor toward; to manage as an attorney or agent. Bp. Warburton.

Proctorage noun Management by a proctor, or as by a proctor; hence, control; superintendence; -- in contempt. "The fogging proctorage of money." Milton.

Proctorial adjective Of or pertaining to a proctor, esp. an academic proctor; magisterial.

Proctorical adjective Proctorial. [ R.]

Proctorship noun The office or dignity of a proctor; also, the term of his office. Clarendon.

Proctotomy noun [ Greek ... anus + ... to cut.] (Surg.) An incision into the rectum, as for the division of a stricture.

Proctucha noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... anus + ... to have.] (Zoology) (a) A division of Turbellaria including those that have an intestine terminating posteriorly. (b) The Nemertina.

Procumbent adjective [ Latin procumbens , -entis , present participle of procumbere to fall, bend, or lean forward; pro forward + cumbere (in comp.), akin to cubare to lie down: confer French procombant . Confer Incumbent .]


1. Lying down, or on the face; prone. " Procumbent each obeyed." Cowper.

2. (Botany) Lying on the ground, but without putting forth roots; trailing; prostrate; as, a procumbent stem.

Procurable adjective Capable of being procured; obtainable. Boyle.

Procuracy noun ; plural Procuracies . [ Late Latin procuratia : confer French procuratie . See Procuration , and cf,. Proxy .]


1. The office or act of a proctor or procurator; management for another.

2. Authority to act for another; a proxy. [ Obsolete]

Procuration noun [ Latin procuratio : confer French procuration . See Procure .]


1. The act of procuring; procurement.

2. The management of another's affairs.

3. The instrument by which a person is empowered to transact the affairs of another; a proxy.

4. (Ch. of Eng.) A sum of money paid formerly to the bishop or archdeacon, now to the ecclesiastical commissioners, by an incumbent, as a commutation for entertainment at the time of visitation; -- called also proxy .

Procuration money (Law) , money paid for procuring a loan. Blackstone.

Procurator noun [ Latin : confer French procurateur . See Procure , and confer Proctor . ]


1. (Law) One who manages another's affairs, either generally or in a special matter; an agent; a proctor. Chaucer. Shak.

2. (Rom. Antiq.) A governor of a province under the emperors; also, one who had charge of the imperial revenues in a province; as, the procurator of Judea.

Procurator fiscal (Scots Law) , public prosecutor, or district attorney.

Procuratorial adjective Of or pertaining to a procurator, or proctor; made by a proctor. Ayliffe.

Procuratorship noun The office or term of a procurator. Bp. Pearson.

Procuratory adjective [ Latin procuratorius .] Tending to, or authorizing, procuration.

Procure transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Procured ; present participle & verbal noun Procuring .] [ French procurer , Latin procurare , procuratum , to take care of; pro for + curare to take care, from cura care. See Cure , and confer Proctor , Proxy .]


1. To bring into possession; to cause to accrue to, or to come into possession of; to acquire or provide for one's self or for another; to gain; to get; to obtain by any means, as by purchase or loan.

If we procure not to ourselves more woe.
Milton.

2. To contrive; to bring about; to effect; to cause.

By all means possible they procure to have gold and silver among them in reproach.
Robynson (More's Utopia) .

Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall.
Shak.

3. To solicit; to entreat. [ Obsolete]

The famous Briton prince and faery knight, . . .
Of the fair Alma greatly were procured
To make there longer sojourn and abode.
Spenser.

4. To cause to come; to bring; to attract. [ Obsolete]

What unaccustomed cause procures her hither?
Shak.

5. To obtain for illicit intercourse or prostitution.

Syn. -- See Attain .

Procure intransitive verb


1. To pimp. Shak.

2. To manage business for another in court. [ Scot.]

Procurement noun


1. The act of procuring or obtaining; obtainment; attainment.

2. Efficient contrivance; management; agency.

They think it done
By her procurement .
Dryden.

Procurer noun [ Confer French procureur .]


1. One who procures, or obtains; one who, or that which, brings on, or causes to be done, esp. by corrupt means.

2. One who procures the gratification of lust for another; a pimp; a pander. South.

Procuress noun A female procurer, or pander.

Procyon noun [ Latin , a constellation which rises before the Dog Star, Greek ...; ... before + ... a dog. ]


1. (Astron.) A star of the first magnitude in the constellation Canis Minor , or the Little Dog.

2. (Zoology) A genus of mammals including the raccoon.

Prod noun [ Confer Gael. & Ir. brod goad, prickle, sting, and English brad , also W. procio to poke, thrust.]


1. A pointed instrument for pricking or puncturing, as a goad, an awl, a skewer, etc.

2. A prick or stab which a pointed instrument.

3. A light kind of crossbow; -- in the sense, often spelled prodd . Fairholt.

Prod transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Prodded ; present participle & verbal noun Prodding .] To thrust some pointed instrument into; to prick with something sharp; as, to prod a soldier with a bayonet; to prod oxen; hence, to goad, to incite, to worry; as, to prod a student. H. Taylor.

Prodd noun A crossbow. See Prod , 3.

Prodigal adjective [ Latin prodigus , from prodigere to drive forth, to squander away; pro forward, forth + agere to drive; confer French prodigue . See Agent . ] Given to extravagant expenditure; expending money or other things without necessity; recklessly or viciously profuse; lavish; wasteful; not frugal or economical; as, a prodigal man; the prodigal son; prodigal giving; prodigal expenses.

In fighting fields [ patriots] were prodigal of blood.
Dryden.

Syn. -- Profuse; lavish; extravagant; squandering; wasteful. See Profuse .

Prodigal noun One who expends money extravagantly, viciously, or without necessity; one that is profuse or lavish in any expenditure; a waster; a spendthrift. "Noble prodigals of life." Trench.

Prodigality noun [ French prodigalité , Latin prodigalitas . See Prodigal .] Extravagance in expenditure, particularly of money; excessive liberality; profusion; waste; -- opposed to frugality , economy , and parsimony . "The prodigality of his wit." Dryden.

Prodigalize intransitive verb To act as a prodigal; to spend liberally. Sherwood.

Prodigalize transitive verb To expend lavishly. Ld. Lytton.

Prodigally adverb In a prodigal manner; with profusion of expense; extravagantly; wasteful; profusely; lavishly; as, an estate prodigally dissipated.

Nature not bounteous now, but lavish grows;
Our paths with flowers she prodigally strows.
Dryden.

Prodigate transitive verb To squander. Thackeray.