Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Prodigence noun [ Latin prodigentia , from prodigens , present participle of prodigere . See Prodigal . ] Waste; profusion; prodigality. [ R.] Bp. Hall.

Prodigious adjective [ Latin prodigiosus , from prodigium a prodigy; confer French prodigieux . See Prodigy .]


1. Of the nature of a prodigy; marvelous; wonderful; portentous. [ Obsolete or R.] Spenser.

It is prodigious to have thunder in a clear sky.
Sir T. Browne.

2. Extraordinary in bulk, extent, quantity, or degree; very great; vast; huge; immense; as, a prodigious mountain; a prodigious creature; a prodigious blunder. " Prodigious might." Milton.

Syn. -- Huge; enormous; monstrous; portentous; marvelous; amazing; astonishing; extraordinary.

Prodigiously adverb


1. Enormously; wonderfully; astonishingly; as, prodigiously great.

2. Very much; extremely; as, he was prodigiously pleased. [ Colloq.] Pope.

Prodigiousness noun The quality or state of being prodigious; the state of having qualities that excite wonder or astonishment; enormousness; vastness.

Prodigy noun ; plural Prodigies . [ Latin prodigium ; pro before + (perh.) a word appearing in adagium adage: confer French prodige . Confer Adage . ]


1. Something extraordinary, or out of the usual course of nature, from which omens are drawn; a portent; as, eclipses and meteors were anciently deemed prodigies .

So many terrors, voices, prodigies ,
May warn thee, as a sure foregoing sign.
Milton.

2. Anything so extraordinary as to excite wonder or astonishment; a marvel; as, a prodigy of learning.

3. A production out of ordinary course of nature; an abnormal development; a monster. B. Jonson.

Syn. -- Wonder; miracle; portent; marvel; monster.

Prodition noun [ Latin proditio , from prodere to give forth, betray: confer Old French prodition .] Disclosure; treachery; treason. [ Obsolete] Ainsworth.

Proditor noun [ Latin ] A traitor. [ Obsolete]

Proditorious adjective [ Confer Old French proditoire .]


1. Treacherous; perfidious; traitorous. [ Obsolete] Daniel.

2. Apt to make unexpected revelations. [ Obsolete] "Nature is proditorious ." Sir H. Wotton.

Proditory adjective Treacherous. [ Obsolete]

Prodromal adjective (Medicine) Of or pertaining to prodromes; as, the prodromal stage of a disease.

Prodrome noun [ Greek ... running before; ... before + ... to run: confer French prodrome .] A forerunner; a precursor.

Prodromous adjective Precursory. [ R.]

Prodromus noun [ New Latin ]


1. A prodrome.

2. A preliminary course or publication; -- used esp. in the titles of elementary works.

Produce transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Produced ; present participle & verbal noun Producing .] [ Latin producere , productum , to bring forward, beget, produce; pro forward, forth + ducere to lead. See Duke .]


1. To bring forward; to lead forth; to offer to view or notice; to exhibit; to show; as, to produce a witness or evidence in court.

Produce your cause, saith the Lord.
Isa. xli. 21.

Your parents did not produce you much into the world.
Swift.

2. To bring forth, as young, or as a natural product or growth; to give birth to; to bear; to generate; to propagate; to yield; to furnish; as, the earth produces grass; trees produce fruit; the clouds produce rain.

This soil produces all sorts of palm trees.
Sandys.

[ They] produce prodigious births of body or mind.
Milton.

The greatest jurist his country had produced .
Macaulay.

3. To cause to be or to happen; to originate, as an effect or result; to bring about; as, disease produces pain; vice produces misery.

4. To give being or form to; to manufacture; to make; as, a manufacturer produces excellent wares.

5. To yield or furnish; to gain; as, money at interest produces an income; capital produces profit.

6. To draw out; to extend; to lengthen; to prolong; as, to produce a man's life to threescore. Sir T. Browne.

7. (Geom.) To extend; -- applied to a line, surface, or solid; as, to produce a side of a triangle.

Produce intransitive verb To yield or furnish appropriate offspring, crops, effects, consequences, or results.

Produce noun That which is produced, brought forth, or yielded; product; yield; proceeds; result of labor, especially of agricultural labors ; hence, specifically, agricultural products.

Produce race (Horse Racing) A race to be run by the produce of horses named or described at the time of entry.

Producement noun Production. [ Obsolete]

Producent noun [ Latin producens , present participle] One who produces, or offers to notice. [ Obsolete] Ayliffe.

Producer noun


1. One who produces, brings forth, or generates.

2. One who grows agricultural products, or manufactures crude materials into articles of use.

3. (Iron & Steel Manuf.) A furnace for producing combustible gas which is used for fuel.

Producer's goods (Polit. Econ.) Goods that satisfy wants only indirectly as factors in the production of other goods, such as tools and raw material; -- called also instrumental goods , auxiliary goods , intermediate goods , or goods of the second and higher orders , and disting. from consumers' goods .

Producer's surplus (Polit. Econ.) Any profit above the normal rate of interest and wages accruing to a producer on account of some monopoly (temporary or permanent) of the means or materials of production; -- called also Producer's rent

Producibility noun The quality or state of being producible. Barrow.

Producible adjective Capable of being produced, brought forward, brought forth, generated, made, or extended. -- Pro*du"ci*ble*ness , noun

Product noun [ Latin productus , present participle of producere . See Produce .]


1. Anything that is produced, whether as the result of generation, growth, labor, or thought, or by the operation of involuntary causes; as, the products of the season, or of the farm; the products of manufactures; the products of the brain.

There are the product
Of those ill-mated marriages.
Milton.

These institutions are the products of enthusiasm.
Burke.

2. (Math.) The number or sum obtained by adding one number or quantity to itself as many times as there are units in another number; the number resulting from the multiplication of two or more numbers; as, the product of the multiplication of 7 by 5 is 35. In general, the result of any kind of multiplication. See the Note under Multiplication .

Syn. -- Produce; production; fruit; result; effect; consequence; outcome; work; performance.

Product transitive verb


1. To produce; to bring forward. " Producted to . . . examination." [ Obsolete] Foxe.

2. To lengthen out; to extend. [ Obsolete]

He that doth much . . . products his mortality.
Hackett.

3. To produce; to make. [ Obsolete] Holinshed.

Productibility noun The state of being productible; producibility. Ruskin.

Productible adjective [ Confer French productible .] Capable of being produced; producible.

Productile adjective [ Latin productilis , from producere to stretch out.] Capable of being extended or prolonged; extensible; ductile.

Production noun [ Latin productio a lengthening, prolonging: confer French production . See Produce . ]


1. The act or process or producing, bringing forth, or exhibiting to view; as, the production of commodities, of a witness.

2. That which is produced, yielded, or made, whether naturally, or by the application of intelligence and labor; as, the productions of the earth; the productions of handicraft; the productions of intellect or genius.

3. The act of lengthening out or prolonging.

Syn. -- Product; produce; fruit; work; performance; composition.

Productive adjective [ French productif , Latin productivus fit for prolongation.]


1. Having the quality or power of producing; yielding or furnishing results; as, productive soil; productive enterprises; productive labor, that which increases the number or amount of products.

2. Bringing into being; causing to exist; producing; originative; as, an age productive of great men; a spirit productive of heroic achievements.

And kindle with thy own productive fire.
Dryden.

This is turning nobility into a principle of virtue, and making it productive of merit.
Spectator.

3. Producing, or able to produce, in large measure; fertile; profitable.

-- Pro*duc"tive*ly , adverb -- Pro*duc"tive*ness , noun

Productivity noun The quality or state of being productive; productiveness. Emerson.

Not indeed as the product, but as the producing power, the productivity .
Coleridge.

Productress noun A female producer.

Productus noun [ New Latin See Product .] (Paleon.) An extinct genus of brachiopods, very characteristic of the Carboniferous rocks.

Proeguminal adjective [ Greek ..., present participle of ... to lead the way: confer French proégumène .] (Medicine) Serving to predispose; predisposing; as, a proeguminal cause of disease.

Proem noun [ Latin prooemium , Greek ...; ... before + ... way, course or strain of a song: confer French proème .] Preface; introduction; preliminary observations; prelude.

Thus much may serve by way of proem .
Swift.

Proem transitive verb To preface. [ Obsolete] South.

Proembryo noun [ Prefix pro- + embryo . ] (Botany) (a) The series of cells formed in the ovule of a flowering plant after fertilization, but before the formation of the embryo. (b) The primary growth from the spore in certain cryptogamous plants; as, the proembryo , or protonema, of mosses.

Proemial adjective Introductory; prefatory; preliminary. [ R.] Hammond.

Proemptosis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... to fall in before; ... before + ... in + ... to fall.] (Chron.) The addition of a day to the lunar calendar. [ R.] See Metemptosis .

Proface interj. [ Old French prou face , prou fasse ; prou profit + faire to make, do.] Much good may it do you! -- a familiar salutation or welcome. [ Obsolete]

Master page, good master page, sit. Proface !
Shak.

Profanate transitive verb To profane. [ Obsolete]

Profanation noun [ Latin profanatio : confer French profanation . See Profane , transitive verb ]
1. The act of violating sacred things, or of treating them with contempt or irreverence; irreverent or too familiar treatment or use of what is sacred; desecration; as, the profanation of the Sabbath; the profanation of a sanctuary; the profanation of the name of God.

2. The act of treating with abuse or disrespect, or with undue publicity, or lack of delicacy.

'T were profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love.
Donne.

Profane adjective [ French, from Latin profanus , properly, before the temple, i. e., without the temple, unholy; pro before + fanum temple. See 1st Fane .]


1. Not sacred or holy; not possessing peculiar sanctity; unconsecrated; hence, relating to matters other than sacred; secular; -- opposed to sacred , religious , or inspired ; as, a profane place. " Profane authors." I. Disraeli.

The profane wreath was suspended before the shrine.
Gibbon.

2. Unclean; impure; polluted; unholy.

Nothing is profane that serveth to holy things.
Sir W. Raleigh.

3. Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; irreverent; impious. Hence, specifically; Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue. 1 Tim. i. 9.

Syn. -- Secular; temporal; worldly; unsanctified; unhallowed; unholy; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly; wicked; godless; impious. See Impious .

Profane transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Profaned ; present participle & verbal noun Profaning .] [ Latin profanare : confer French profaner . See Profane , adjective ]


1. To violate, as anything sacred; to treat with abuse, irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate; to pollute; as, to profane the name of God; to profane the Scriptures, or the ordinance of God.

The priests in the temple profane the sabbath.
Matt. xii. 5.

2. To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.

So idly to profane the precious time.
Shak.

Profanely adverb In a profane manner.

The character of God profanely impeached.
Dr. T. Dwight.

Profaneness noun The quality or state of being profane; especially, the use of profane language.

Profaner noun One who treats sacred things with irreverence, or defiles what is holy; one who uses profane language. Hooker.

Profanity noun [ Latin profanitas .]


1. The quality or state of being profane; profaneness; irreverence; esp., the use of profane language; blasphemy.

2. That which is profane; profane language or acts.

The brisk interchange of profanity and folly.
Buckminster.

Profection noun [ See Proficient .] A setting out; a going forward; advance; progression. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.