Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Profoundly adverb In a profound manner.

Why sigh you so profoundly ?
Shak.

Profoundness noun The quality or state of being profound; profundity; depth. Hooker.

Profulgent adjective [ Prefix pro- + Latin fulgere to shine.] Shining forth; brilliant; effulgent. [ Obsolete] " Profulgent in preciousness." Chaucer.

Profundity noun ; plural -ties . [ Latin profunditas : confer French profondite . See Profound .] The quality or state of being profound; depth of place, knowledge, feeling, etc. "The vast profundity obscure." Milton.

Profuse adjective [ Latin profusus , past participle of profundere to pour forth or out; pro forward, forth + fundere to pour: confer French profus . See Fuse to melt.]
1. Pouring forth with fullness or exuberance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal; giving without stint; as, a profuse government; profuse hospitality.

A green, shady bank, profuse of flowers.
Milton.

2. Superabundant; excessive; prodigal; lavish; as, profuse expenditure. " Profuse ornament." Kames.

Syn. -- Lavish; exuberant; bountiful; prodigal; extravagant. -- Profuse , Lavish , Prodigal . Profuse denotes pouring out (as money, etc.) with great fullness or freeness; as, profuse in his expenditures, thanks, promises, etc. Lavish is stronger, implying unnecessary or wasteful excess; as, lavish of his bounties, favors, praises, etc. Prodigal is stronger still, denoting unmeasured or reckless profusion; as, prodigal of one's strength, life, or blood, to secure some object. Dryden.

Profuse transitive verb To pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to squander. [ Obsolete] Chapman.

Profusely adverb In a profuse manner.

Profuseness noun Extravagance; profusion.

Hospitality sometimes degenerates into profuseness .
Atterbury.

Profusion noun [ Latin profusio : confer French profusion .]


1. The act of one who is profuse; a lavishing or pouring out without sting.

Thy vast profusion to the factious nobles?
Rowe.

2. Abundance; exuberant plenty; lavish supply; as, a profusion of commodities. Addison.

Profusive adjective Profuse; lavish; prodigal. [ Obsolete]

Prog intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Progged present participle & verbal noun Progging .] [ Confer Dutch prachen , German prachern , Danish prakke , Swedish pracka , to beg, Latin procare , procari , to ask, demand, and English prowl .]
1. To wander about and beg; to seek food or other supplies by low arts; to seek for advantage by mean shift or tricks. [ Low]

A perfect artist in progging for money.
Fuller.

I have been endeavoring to prog for you.
Burke.

2. To steal; to rob; to filch. [ Low] Johnson.

3. To prick; to goad; to progue. [ Scot.]

Prog noun
1. Victuals got by begging, or vagrancy; victuals of any kind; food; supplies. [ Slang] Swift.

So long as he picked from the filth his prog .
R. Browning.

2. A vagrant beggar; a tramp. [ Slang]

3. A goal; progue. [ Scot.]

Progenerate transitive verb [ Latin progeneratus , past participle of progenerare to beget; pro forth, forward + generare to generate.] To beget; to generate; to produce; to procreate; as, to progenerate a race. [ R.] Landor.

Progeneration noun [ Latin progeneratio .] The act of begetting; propagation. [ R.]

Progenitor noun [ Old French progeniteur , Latin progenitor , from progignere , progenitum , to bring forth, to beget; pro forth + gignere to beget. See Gender kind.] An ancestor in the direct line; a forefather.

And reverence thee their great progenitor .
Milton.

Progenitorship noun The state of being a progenitor.

Progenitress noun A female progenitor.

Progeniture noun [ French progéniture .] A begetting, or birth. [ R.]

Progeny noun [ Middle English progenie , French progénie , from Latin progenies , from progignere . See Progenitor .] Descendants of the human kind, or offspring of other animals; children; offspring; race, lineage. " Issued from the progeny of kings." Shak.

Proglottid noun (Zoöl) Proglottis.

Proglottis noun ; plural Proglottides . [ New Latin from Greek ... the tip of the tongue; ... forward + ... the tongue.] (Zoöl) One of the free, or nearly free, segments of a tapeworm. It contains both male and female reproductive organs, and is capable of a brief independent existence.

Prognathi noun plural [ New Latin See Prognathous .] (Zoöl) A comprehensive group of mankind, including those that have prognathous jaws.

Prognathic adjective (Anat.) Prognathous.

Prognathism noun (Anat.) Projection of the jaws. -- Prog"na*thy noun

Prognathous adjective [ Greek ... before + ... the jaw] (Anat.) Having the jaws projecting beyond the upper part of the face; -- opposed to orthognathous . See Gnathic index , under Gnathic .

Their countenances had the true prognathous character.
Kane.

Progne noun [ Latin , a swallow, traditionally said to be from Progne (The sister of Philomela), who was changed into a swallow, Greek ....] (Zoology) (a) A swallow. (b) A genus of swallows including the purple martin. See Martin . (c) An American butterfly ( Polygonia, or Vanessa, Progne ). It is orange and black above, grayish beneath, with an L -shaped silver mark on the hind wings. Called also gray comma .

Prognosis noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., from ... to know beforehand; ... before + ... to know. See Know .] (Medicine) The act or art of foretelling the course and termination of a disease; also, the outlook afforded by this act of judgment; as, the prognosis of hydrophobia is bad.

Prognostic adjective [ Greek .... See Prognosis .] Indicating something future by signs or symptoms; foreshowing; aiding in prognosis; as, the prognostic symptoms of a disease; prognostic signs.

Prognostic noun [ Latin prognosticum , Greek ...: confer French pronostic , prognostic . See Prognostic , adjective ]


1. That which prognosticates; a sign by which a future event may be known or foretold; an indication; a sign or omen; hence, a foretelling; a prediction.

That choice would inevitably be considered by the country
as a prognostic of the highest import.
Macaulay.

2. (Medicine) A sign or symptom indicating the course and termination of a disease. Parr.

Syn. -- Sign; omen; presage; token; indication.

Prognostic transitive verb To prognosticate. [ Obsolete]

Prognosticable adjective Capable of being prognosticated or foretold. Sir T. Browne.

Prognosticate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Prognosticated ; present participle & verbal noun Prognosticating .] [ See Prognostic .] To indicate as future; to foretell from signs or symptoms; to prophesy; to foreshow; to predict; as, to prognosticate evil. Burke.

I neither will nor can prognosticate
To the young gaping heir his father's fate.
Dryden.

Syn. -- To foreshow; foretoken; betoken; forebode; presage; predict; prophesy.

Prognostication noun [ Confer French prognostication .]


1. The act of foreshowing or foretelling something future by present signs; prediction.

2. That which foreshows; a foretoken. Shak.

Prognosticator noun One who prognosticates; a foreknower or foreteller of a future course or event by present signs. Isa. xlvii. 13.

Program noun Same as Programme .

Programma noun ; plural Programmata . [ Latin See Programme .]


1. (Gr. Antiq.) Any law, which, after it had passed the Athenian senate, was fixed on a tablet for public inspection previously to its being proposed to the general assembly of the people.

2. An edict published for public information; an official bulletin; a public proclamation.

3. See Programme .

4. A preface. [ Obsolete] T. Warton.

Programme noun [ Latin programma a public proclamation, manifesto, Greek ..., from ... to write before or in public; ... before, forth + ... to write; confer French programme . See Graphic .] That which is written or printed as a public notice or advertisement; a scheme; a prospectus; especially, a brief outline or explanation of the order to be pursued, or the subjects embraced, in any public exercise, performance, or entertainment; a preliminary sketch.

Programme music (Mus.) , descriptive instrumental music which requires an argument or programme to explain the meaning of its several movements.

Progress noun [ Latin progressus , from progredi , past participle progressus , to go forth or forward; pro forward + gradi to step, go: confer French progrès . See Grade .]


1. A moving or going forward; a proceeding onward; an advance ; specifically: (a) In actual space, as the progress of a ship, carriage, etc. (b) In the growth of an animal or plant; increase. (c) In business of any kind; as, the progress of a negotiation; the progress of art. (d) In knowledge; in proficiency; as, the progress of a child at school. (e) Toward ideal completeness or perfection in respect of quality or condition; -- applied to individuals, communities, or the race; as, social, moral, religious, or political progress .

2. A journey of state; a circuit; especially, one made by a sovereign through parts of his own dominions.

The king being returned from his progresse .
Evelyn.

Progress (?; formerly pronounced like Progress , noun ) intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Progressed ; present participle & verbal noun Progressing .]


1. To make progress; to move forward in space; to continue onward in course; to proceed; to advance; to go on; as, railroads are progressing . "As his recovery progressed ." Thackeray.

Let me wipe off this honorable dew,
That silverly doth progress on thy checks.
Shak.

They progress in that style in proportion as their pieces are treated with contempt.
Washington.

The war had progressed for some time.
Marshall.

2. To make improvement; to advance. Bayard.

If man progresses , art must progress too.
Caird.

Progress (?; see Progress , intransitive verb ) transitive verb To make progress in; to pass through. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Progression noun [ Latin progressio : confer French progression .]


1. The act of moving forward; a proceeding in a course; motion onward.

2. Course; passage; lapse or process of time.

I hope, in a short progression , you will be wholly immerged in the delices and joys of religion.
Evelyn.

3. (Math.) Regular or proportional advance in increase or decrease of numbers; continued proportion, arithmetical, geometrical, or harmonic.

4. (Mus.) A regular succession of tones or chords; the movement of the parts in harmony; the order of the modulations in a piece from key to key.

Arithmetical progression , a progression in which the terms increase or decrease by equal differences, as the numbers &lbrace2; 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 &rbrace2; by the difference 2.

-- Geometrical progression , a progression in which the terms increase or decrease by equal ratios, as the numbers &lbrace2; 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2 &rbrace2; by a continual multiplication or division by 2.

-- Harmonic progression , a progression in which the terms are the reciprocals of quantities in arithmetical progression, as ½, ¼, 1/6, ⅛, 1/10.

Progressional adjective Of or pertaining to progression; tending to, or capable of, progress.

Progressionist noun


1. One who holds to a belief in the progression of society toward perfection.

2. One who maintains the doctrine of progression in organic forms; -- opposed to uniformitarian . H. Spencer.

Progressist noun One who makes, or holds to, progress; a progressionist.

Progressive adjective [ Confer French progressif .]


1. Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; evincing progress; increasing; as, progressive motion or course; -- opposed to retrograde .

2. Improving; as, art is in a progressive state.

Progressive euchre or whist , a way of playing at card parties, by which after every game, the losers at the first table go to the last table, and the winners at all the tables, except the first, move up to the next table. -- Progressive muscular atrophy (Medicine) , a nervous disorder characterized by continuous atrophy of the muscles.

-- Pro*gress"ive*ly , adverb -- Pro*gress"ive*ness , noun

Progressive adjective (U. S. Politics) Of or pertaining to the Progressive party.

Progressive party (U. S. Politics) The political party formed, chiefly out of the Republican party, by the adherents of Theodore Roosevelt in the presidential campaign of 1912. The name Progressive party was chosen at the meeting held on Aug. 7, 1912, when the candidates were nominated and the platform adopted. Among the chief articles in the platform are those demanding direct primaries, preferential primaries for presidential nominations, direct election of United States senators, women's suffrage, and recall of judicial decisions in certain cases.

Progue intransitive verb To prog. [ Obsolete] P. Fletcher.

Progue noun A sharp point; a goad. [ Scot. & Local, U. S.] -- transitive verb To prick; to goad. [ Scot. & Local, U. S.].

Proheme noun Proem. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.