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prob.
1. probable. 2. probably. 3. problem. * * *
probabilism
—probabilist, n., adj. /prob"euh beuh liz'euhm/, n. 1. Philos. the doctrine, introduced by the Skeptics, that certainty is impossible and that probability suffices to govern ...
probabilist
See probabilism. * * *
probabilistic
/prob'euh beuh lis"tik/, adj. 1. Statistics. of or pertaining to probability: probabilistic forecasting. 2. of or pertaining to probabilism. [1650-60; PROBABIL(ISM) or ...
probabilistically
See probabilistic. * * *
probability
/prob'euh bil"i tee/, n., pl. probabilities. 1. the quality or fact of being probable. 2. a strong likelihood or chance of something: The probability of the book's success makes ...
probability and statistics
▪ mathematics Introduction       the branches of mathematics concerned with the laws governing random events, including the collection, analysis, interpretation, and ...
probability curve
Statistics. 1. a curve that describes the distribution of probability over the values of a random variable. 2. See normal curve. [1890-95] * * *
probability density function
Statistics. 1. a function of a continuous variable whose integral over a region gives the probability that a random variable falls within the region. 2. Also called frequency ...
probability distribution
Statistics. a distribution of all possible values of a random variable together with an indication of their probabilities. [1935-40] * * *
probability theory
Math., Statistics. the theory of analyzing and making statements concerning the probability of the occurrence of uncertain events. Cf. probability (def. 4). [1830-40] * * ...
probabilitydensity
probability density n. Statistics In both senses also called probability distribution. 1. A function whose integral over a given interval gives the probability that the values of ...
probabilitydistribution
probability distribution n. Statistics 1. See probability density. 2. A function of a discrete random variable yielding the probability that the variable will have a given ...
probabilitytheory
probability theory n. The branch of mathematics that studies the likelihood of occurrence of random events in order to predict the behavior of defined systems. * * *
probable
/prob"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. likely to occur or prove true: He foresaw a probable business loss. He is the probable writer of the article. 2. having more evidence for than against, ...
probable cause
Law. reasonable ground for a belief, as, in a criminal case, that the accused was guilty of the crime, or, in a civil case, that grounds for the action existed: used esp. as a ...
probable error
Statistics. a quantity formerly used as a measure of variability: equal to 0.6745 times the standard deviation. A normally distributed population has half of its elements within ...
probablecause
probable cause n. Reasonable grounds for belief that an accused person may be subject to arrest or the issuance of a warrant. * * *
probableerror
probable error n. Abbr. PE The amount by which the arithmetic mean of a sample is expected to vary because of chance alone. * * *
probably
/prob"euh blee/, adv. in all likelihood; very likely: He will probably attend. [1525-35; PROBABLE + -LY] * * *
proband
/proh"band/, n. Genetics. a patient who is the initial member of a family to come under study. Also called propositus. [1925-30; < L probandus, gerundive of probare to test, ...
probang
/proh"bang/, n. Surg. a long, slender, elastic rod with a sponge, ball, or the like, at the end, to be introduced into the esophagus or larynx, as for removing foreign bodies, or ...
probanishment
adj. * * *
probargaining
adj. * * *
probaseball
adj. * * *
probasketball
adj. * * *
probate
/proh"bayt/, n., adj., v., probated, probating. n. 1. Law. the official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court. 2. an officially certified copy of a will so ...
probate court
a special court with power over administration of estates of deceased persons, the probate of wills, etc. [1720-30, Amer.] * * *
probatecourt
probate court n. A court limited to the jurisdiction of probating wills and administering estates. * * *
probation
—probational, probationary /proh bay"sheuh ner'ee/, adj. —probationship, n. /proh bay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of testing. 2. the testing or trial of a person's conduct, ...
probational
See probation. * * *
probationally
See probational. * * *
probationary
See probational. * * *
probationer
—probationership, n. /proh bay"sheuh neuhr/, n. a person undergoing probation or trial. [1595-1605; PROBATION + -ER1] * * *
probative
—probatively, adv. /proh"beuh tiv, prob"euh-/, adj. 1. serving or designed for testing or trial. 2. affording proof or evidence. Also, probatory /proh"beuh tawr'ee, ...
probe
—probeable, adj. —prober, n. /prohb/, v., probed, probing, n. v.t. 1. to search into or examine thoroughly; question closely: to probe one's conscience. 2. to examine or ...
probenecid
/proh ben"euh sid/, n. Pharm. a white, crystalline, water-insoluble powder, C13H19NO4S, used chiefly in the treatment of gout. [1945-50; PRO(PYL) + BEN(ZEN)E + (A)CID] * * ...
prober
See probe. * * *
probie
/proh"bee/, n. Informal. a probationer, esp. a firefighter who has recently joined a department. [1895-1900; PROB(ATIONARY) or PROB(ATION) + -IE] * * *
probingly
See prober. * * *
probit
/prob"it/, n. Statistics. a normal equivalent deviate increased by five. [1930-35; PROB(ABILITY) + (UN)IT] * * *
probity
/proh"bi tee, prob"i-/, n. integrity and uprightness; honesty. [1505-15; < L probitas uprightness, equiv. to prob(us) upright + -itas -ITY] Syn. rectitude. Ant. dishonesty. * * *
problem
/prob"leuhm/, n. 1. any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty. 2. a question proposed for solution or discussion. 3. Math. a statement requiring a ...
problem play
or thesis play Type of drama that developed in the 19th century to deal with controversial social issues in a realistic manner, expose social ills, and stimulate thought and ...
problem solving
Process involved in finding a solution to a problem. Many animals routinely solve problems of locomotion, food finding, and shelter through trial and error. Some higher animals, ...
problematic
—problematically, adv. /prob'leuh mat"ik/, adj. of the nature of a problem; doubtful; uncertain; questionable. Also, problematical. [1600-10; < LL problematicus < Gk ...
problematically
See problematic. * * *
problematics
/prob'leuh mat"iks/, n.pl. the uncertainties or difficulties inherent in a situation or plan. [1955-60; see PROBLEMATIC, -ICS] * * *
problematize
problematize [prä blem′ə tīz΄, präb′ləmə tīz΄] vt. problematized, problematizing to demonstrate to be unsettled or uncertain, or more complex than originally assumed ...
problockade
adj. * * *
Probolinggo
▪ Indonesia also spelled  Prabalingga, or Perobolinggo         city, central Jawa Timur (East Java) provinsi (province), Java, Indonesia. It is located on the ...
probono
pro bo·no (prō bōʹnō) adj. Done without compensation for the public good: a lawyer's pro bono work.   [Latin prō bonō (publicō), for the (public) good : prō, for + ...
proboscidate
/proh bos"i dayt'/, adj. having a proboscis. [1820-30; < L proboscid- (s. of proboscis) + -ATE1] * * *
proboscidean
/proh'beuh sid"ee euhn, -bo-, proh bos'i dee"euhn/, adj. 1. pertaining to or resembling a proboscis. 2. having a proboscis. 3. belonging or pertaining to the mammals of the order ...
proboscidian
pro·bos·cid·i·an (prō'bə-sĭdʹē-ən) also pro·bos·ci·de·an (prō-bŏs'ĭ-dēʹən) n. A mammal of the order Proboscidea, such as the elephant or its extinct ...
proboscis
/proh bos"is, -kis/, n., pl. proboscises, proboscides /-bos"i deez'/. 1. the trunk of an elephant. 2. any long flexible snout, as of the tapir. 3. Also called beak. the elongate, ...
proboscis monkey
a reddish, arboreal monkey, Nasalis larvatus, of Borneo, the male of which has a long, flexible nose: an endangered species. [1785-95] * * * Species (Nasalis larvatus, family ...
proboxing
adj. * * *
proboycott
adj. * * *
Probus
▪ Roman emperor Latin in full  Marcus Aurelius Probus  born AD 232, Sirmium, Pannonia [now Sremska Mitrovica, Vojvodina, Serb.] died 282, Sirmium       Roman emperor ...
probusiness
adj. * * *
proc
proc abbrev. 1. proceedings 2. process * * *
proc.
1. procedure. 2. proceedings. 3. process. 4. proclamation. 5. proctor. * * *
procaine
/proh kayn", proh"kayn/, n. Pharm. a compound, C13H20N2O2, used chiefly as a local and spinal anesthetic. [1915-20; PRO-1 + (CO)CAINE] * * *
procaine amide
Pharm. a white, crystalline compound, C13H21ON3, used in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. [1945-50] * * *
procaine hydrochloride
▪ drug also called  Novocain, or Novocaine,        synthetic organic compound used in medicine as a local anesthetic. Introduced in 1905 under the trade name ...
procambial
See procambium. * * *
procambium
—procambial, adj. /proh kam"bee euhm/, n. Bot. the meristem from which vascular bundles are developed. Also called provascular tissue. [1870-75; < NL; see PRO-1, CAMBIUM] * * *
procapitalist
n., adj. * * *
procarbazine
pro·car·ba·zine (prō-kärʹbə-zēn) n. A potent antineoplastic drug, C12H19N3O, used primarily to treat advanced Hodgkin's disease.   [propyl + carbo- + azine.] * * *
procarp
/proh"kahrp/, n. Bot. (in red algae) a carpogonium with its associated cells. [1885-90; < NL procarpium < Gk pro- PRO-2 + karpíon, dim. of karpós fruit] * * *
procaryote
—procaryotic /proh kar'ee ot"ik/, adj. /proh kar"ee oht', -ee euht/, n. prokaryote. [1960-65] * * *
procathedral
/proh'keuh thee"dreuhl/, n. a church used temporarily as a cathedral. [1865-70; PRO-1 + CATHEDRAL] * * *
procedural
—procedurally, adv. /preuh see"jeuhr euhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a procedure or procedures, esp. of a court of law, legislative body, or law enforcement agency. n. 2. ...
procedural law
Law that prescribes the procedures and methods for enforcing rights and duties and for obtaining redress (e.g., in a suit). It is distinguished from substantive law (i.e., law ...
procedurally
See procedural. * * *
procedure
/preuh see"jeuhr/, n. 1. an act or a manner of proceeding in any action or process; conduct. 2. a particular course or mode of action. 3. any given mode of conducting legal, ...
proceed
—proceeder, n. v. /preuh seed"/; n. /proh"seed/, v.i. 1. to move or go forward or onward, esp. after stopping. 2. to carry on or continue any action or process. 3. to go on to ...
proceeder
See proceed. * * *
proceeding
/preuh see"ding/, n. 1. a particular action or course or manner of action. 2. proceedings, a series of activities or events; happenings. 3. the act of a person or thing that ...
proceeds
proceeds [prō′sēdz΄] pl.n. the money or profit derived from a sale, business venture, etc. * * *
proceleusmatic
/pros'euh loohs mat"ik, proh'seuh-/, adj. 1. inciting, animating, or inspiring. 2. Pros. a. noting a metrical foot of four short syllables. b. pertaining to or consisting of feet ...
procellariiform
▪ bird Introduction  any of the group of seabirds that includes the albatrosses (albatross) (family Diomedeidae); shearwaters (shearwater), fulmars (fulmar), prions (prion), ...
procellas
/proh sel"euhs/, n. (used with a sing. v.) pucellas. [said to be < It procello] * * *
procellous
/proh sel"euhs/, adj. stormy, as the sea. [1640-50; < L procellosus stormy, equiv. to procell(a) storm + -osus -OUS] * * *
procensorship
adj. * * *
procensure
adj. * * *
procephalic
adj. * * *
procercoid
/proh serr"koyd/, n. Zool. an elongate larval stage of some tapeworms that usually develops in the body of a freshwater copepod. Cf. plerocercoid. [1925-30; PRO-2 + Gk kérk(os) ...
procès-verbal
/proh say"ver bahl"/; Fr. /prddaw se verdd bannl"/, n., pl. procès-verbaux /-boh"/. 1. a report of proceedings, as of an assembly. 2. Fr. Law. an authenticated written account ...
process
—processual /pro sesh"ooh euhl/ or, esp. Brit, /proh-/, adj. /pros"es/; esp. Brit. /proh"ses/, n., pl. processes /pros"es iz, -euh siz, -euh seez'/ or, esp. Brit., /proh"ses-, ...
process cheese
process cheese [prä′ses΄] n. a cheese made by heating and blending together several natural cheeses with an emulsifying agent: also processed cheese * * *
process cinematography
Motion Pictures. cinematography in which the main or foreground action or scene is superimposed on or combined with simulated or separately filmed background action or scenery to ...
process costing
Accounting. a method of assigning costs to production processes where products must of necessity be produced in one continuous process, with unit cost arrived at by averaging ...
process philosophy
20th-century school of philosophy that emphasizes the elements of becoming, change, and novelty in experienced reality and opposes the traditional Western philosophical stress on ...
process printing
a method of printing almost any color by using a limited number of separate color plates, as yellow, magenta, cyan, and black, in combination. [1930-35] * * *
process server
Law. a person who serves legal documents, as subpoenas, writs, or warrants, esp. those requiring appearance in court. [1605-15] * * *
process shot
process shot [prä′ses΄] n. Film a shot in which action takes place in front of a screen on which an image already filmed is projected * * *
process theology
a form of theology that emphasizes the close relation of human beings, nature, and God. [1970-75] * * *
processed cheese
a mass-produced product made of one or more types of cheeses that have been heated and mixed with emulsifiers, colorings, flavorings, etc., primarily to retard spoilage and ...
Processes affecting the major chemical components of groundwater
▪ Table Processes affecting the major chemical components of groundwater component origin* sodium ion sodium chloride dissolution (some pollutive) plagioclase ...
processible
—processibility, processability, n. /pros"es euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being processed. Also, processable. [1955-60; PROCESS + -IBLE] * * *
processing
(as used in expressions) central processing unit data processing image processing information processing mineral processing word processing * * *
Processing additives and their uses
▪ Table Processing additives and their uses function typical chemical agent typical product anticaking sodium aluminosilicate salt bleaching benzoyl ...
processing tax
a tax levied by the government at an intermediate stage in the production of goods. * * *
procession
/preuh sesh"euhn/, n. 1. the act of moving along or proceeding in orderly succession or in a formal and ceremonious manner, as a line of people, animals, vehicles, etc. 2. the ...
processional
—processionally, adv. /preuh sesh"euh nl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a procession. 2. of the nature of a procession; moving in an orderly or regular ...
processionally
See processional. * * *
processionary caterpillar
▪ insect larva  larval stage characteristic of the small insect family Thaumetopoeidae (order Lepidoptera), sometimes classified as part of the prominent moth family ...
processive
/preuh ses"iv/, adj. advancing or going forward; progressive: the processive quality of language. [1615-25; < L process(us) (see PROCESS) + -IVE] * * *
processor
/pros"es euhr/ or, esp. Brit., /proh"ses-/, n. 1. a person or thing that processes. 2. Computers. a. computer. b. controller (def. 5). 3. See food processor. Also, ...
processprinting
proc·ess printing (prŏsʹĕs', prōʹsĕs') n. Printing from multiple halftone images, each inked with a different color such that the composite impression will reproduce the ...
procharity
adj. * * *
prochein ami
/proh"shen euh mee"/, Law. See next friend. Also, prochein amy. [1425-75; late ME < AF] * * *
prochlorite
/proh klawr"uyt, -klohr"-/, n. Mineral. a dark green member of the chlorite group, usually foliated. [1865-70; PRO-1 + CHLORITE1] * * *
prochloron
/proh klawr"on, -klohr"-/, n. Biol. any spherical, photosynthetic, prokaryotic microorganism of the genus Prochloron, occurring in subtropical and tropical habitats in symbiosis ...
prochoos
/proh"koh os', prok"oh-/, n., pl. prochooi /proh"koh oy', prok"oh-/, Gk. and Rom. Antiq. an elongated form of the oinochoe. [1840-50; < Gk próchoos, próchous, equiv. to pro- ...
prochronism
/proh"kreuh niz'euhm, prok"reuh-/, n. a chronological error in which a person, event, etc., is assigned a date earlier than the actual one; prolepsis. Cf. anachronism, ...
prochurch
adj. * * *
Procida, Island of
▪ island, Italy Italian  Isola di Procida,  Latin  Prochyta        island near the northwest entrance to the Bay of Naples, Campania regione, southern Italy. It ...
procity
adj. * * *
procivic
adj. * * *
procivilian
adj. * * *
proclaim
—proclaimer, n. /proh klaym", preuh-/, v.t. 1. to announce or declare in an official or formal manner: to proclaim war. 2. to announce or declare in an open or ostentatious ...
proclaimer
See proclaim. * * *
proclamation
/prok'leuh may"sheuhn/, n. 1. something that is proclaimed; a public and official announcement. 2. the act of proclaiming. [1350-1400; ME proclama-cioun ( < MF proclamacion) < L ...
Proclamation of 1763
Proclamation by Britain at the end of the French and Indian War that prohibited settlement by whites on Indian territory. It established a British-administered reservation from ...
proclamatory
See proclaimer. * * *
proclassical
adj. * * *
proclergy
adj. * * *
proclerical
adj. * * *
proclinate
/prok"leuh nayt'/, adj. Zool. (of a part) directed or inclined forward. [ < L proclinatus bent forward, ptp. of proclinare. See PRO-1, RECLINE, -ATE1] * * *
proclisis
See procliticize. * * *
proclitic
/proh klit"ik/, Gram. adj. 1. (of a word) closely connected in pronunciation with the following word and not having an independent accent or phonological status. n. 2. a ...
procliticization
See procliticize. * * *
procliticize
See proclitic. * * *
proclivity
/proh kliv"i tee/, n., pl. proclivities. natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition: a proclivity to meticulousness. [1585-95; < L proclivitas ...
Proclus
/proh"kleuhs, prok"leuhs/, n. A.D. c411-485, Greek philosopher and theologian. * * * ▪ Greek philosopher born c. 410, Constantinople [now Istanbul] died 485, ...
Procne
Procne [präk′nē] n. 〚L < Gr Proknē〛 Gr. Myth. sister of Philomela and wife of Tereus, transformed into a swallow by the gods: see PHILOMELA * * * Proc·ne ...
procoagulant
pro·co·ag·u·lant (prō'kō-ăgʹyə-lənt) n. 1. The precursor of any of various blood factors necessary for coagulation. 2. An agent that promotes the coagulation of ...
procoercion
adj. * * *
procollectivist
adj., n. * * *
procollegiate
adj. * * *
procolonial
adj., n. * * *
procomedy
adj. * * *
procommercial
adj. * * *
procommunism
n., adj. * * *
procommunist
adj., n. * * *
procommunity
adj. * * *
procommutation
adj. * * *
procompensation
adj. * * *
procompetition
adj. * * *
procompromise
adj. * * *
proconcession
adj. * * *
proconciliation
adj. * * *
proconfiscation
adj. * * *
proconscription
adj. * * *
proconservation
adj. * * *
proconservationist
adj., n. * * *
proconsul
—proconsular, adj. —proconsularly, adv. /proh kon"seuhl/, n. 1. Rom. Hist. an official, usually a former consul, who acted as governor or military commander of a province, ...
Proconsul
/proh kon"seuhl/, n. an African subgenus of Dryopithecus that lived 17-20 million years ago and is possibly ancestral to modern hominoids. [ < NL (1933), equiv. to pro- PRO-1 + ...
proconsular
See proconsul. * * *
proconsulate
/proh kon"seuh lit/, n. Hist. the office or term of office of a proconsul. Also, proconsulship. [1650-60; < L proconsulatus. See PROCONSUL, -ATE3] * * *
proconsulship
See proconsular. * * *
proconsultation
adj. * * *
procontinuation
adj. * * *
proconvention
adj. * * *
proconviction
adj. * * *
Procopius
/proh koh"pee euhs, preuh-/, n. A.D. c490-c562, Greek historian. * * * born probably between 490 and 507, Caesarea, Palestine Byzantine historian. He advised Belisarius on his ...
procrastinate
—procrastinatingly, procrastinatively, adv. —procrastination, n. —procrastinative, procrastinatory /proh kras"teuh neuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee, preuh-/, adj. ...
procrastination
See procrastinate. * * *
procrastinator
See procrastination. * * *
procreant
/proh"kree euhnt/, adj. 1. procreating or generating: a sufficiently procreant breed of fish; a procreant cause. 2. pertaining to procreation. [1580-90; < L procreant- (s. of ...
procreate
—procreation, n. —procreative, adj. —procreativeness, n. —procreator, n. /proh"kree ayt'/, v., procreated, procreating. v.t. 1. to beget or generate (offspring). 2. to ...
procreation
See procreant. * * *
procreative
pro·cre·a·tive (prōʹkrē-ā'tĭv) adj. 1. Capable of reproducing; generative. 2. Of or relating to procreation: the procreative instinct. * * *
procreator
See procreant. * * *
Procrustean
/proh krus"tee euhn/, adj. 1. pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes. 2. (often l.c.) tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means. [1840-50; PROCRUSTE(S) + ...
Procrusteanbed
Procrustean bed also procrustean bed n. An arbitrary standard to which exact conformity is forced. * * *
Procrustes
/proh krus"teez/, n. Class. Myth. a robber who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed. He was killed by Theseus. Also called ...
procryptic
—procryptically, adv. /proh krip"tik/, adj. Zool. serving to conceal an animal from predators. Cf. anticryptic. [1890-95; PRO(TECTIVE) + CRYPTIC] * * *
Procter & Gamble
a large US international company that produces a wide range of household goods. It was established in 1837 by William Procter and James Gamble as a soap and candle business in ...
Procter & Gamble Co.
Major U.S. manufacturer of soaps, cleansers, and other household products. It was formed in 1837 when William C. Procter, a British candlemaker, and James Gamble, an Irish ...
Procter & Gamble Company
▪ American company       major American manufacturer of soaps, cleansers, and other household products. Headquarters are in Cincinnati, Ohio.       The company ...
Procter, William (Cooper)
born Aug. 25, 1862, Glendale, near Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. died May 2, 1934, Cincinnati U.S. manufacturer. A grandson of the founder of Procter & Gamble Co., he started working ...
Procter, William Cooper
▪ American businessman born Aug. 25, 1862, Glendale, near Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. died May 2, 1934, Cincinnati       American manufacturer who established the nation's ...
proctitis
/prok tuy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the rectum and anus. [PROCT- + -ITIS] * * * ▪ pathology       acute inflammatory infection of the anus and rectum. The most ...
procto
/prok"toh/, n., pl. proctos. Informal. proctosigmoidoscopy. [by shortening] * * *
procto-
a combining form meaning "anus," "rectum," used in the formation of compound words: proctoscope. Also, esp. before a vowel, proct-. [ < Gk prokto-, comb. form of proktós] * * *
proctoclysis
/prok tok"leuh sis/, n. Med. the slow, continuous introduction of a solution into the rectum to improve fluid intake. [ < NL; see PROCTO-, CLYSIS] * * *
proctodaeum
—proctodaeal, adj. /prok'teuh dee"euhm/, n., pl. proctodaea /-dee"euh/. proctodeum. * * *
proctodeum
—proctodeal, adj. /prok'teuh dee"euhm/, n., pl. proctodea /-dee"euh/, proctodeums. Embryol. a depression in the ectoderm of the anal region of a young embryo, which develops ...
proctologic
See proctology. * * *
proctological
See proctologic. * * *
proctologically
See proctologic. * * *
proctologist
See proctologic. * * *
proctology
—proctologic /prok'tl oj"ik/, proctological, adj. —proctologist, n. /prok tol"euh jee/, n. the branch of medicine dealing with the rectum and anus. [1895-1900; PROCTO- + ...
proctor
—proctorial /prok tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. —proctorially, adv. —proctorship, n. /prok"teuhr/, n. 1. a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations. 2. ...
proctorial
See proctor. * * *
proctorship
See proctorial. * * *
proctoscope
—proctoscopic /prok'teuh skop"ik/, adj. /prok"teuh skohp'/, n. an instrument for visual examination of the interior of the rectum. [1895-1900; PROCTO- + -SCOPE] * * * Lighted ...
proctoscopic
See proctoscope. * * *
proctoscopy
—proctoscopist, n. /prok tos"keuh pee/, n., pl. proctoscopies. examination by means of a proctoscope. [1895-1900; PROCTO- + -SCOPY] * * *
proctosigmoidoscope
—proctosigmoidoscopic /prok'toh sig moy'deuh skop"ik/, adj. —proctosigmoidoscopist /prok'toh sig'moy dos"keuh pist/, n. /prok'toh sig moy"deuh skohp'/, ...
proctosigmoidoscopy
/prok'toh sig'moy dos"keuh pee/, n., pl. proctosigmoidoscopies. sigmoidoscopy. [PROCTO- + SIGMOIDOSCOPY] * * *
procumbent
/proh kum"beuhnt/, adj. 1. lying on the face; prone; prostrate. 2. Bot. (of a plant or stem) lying along the ground, but not putting forth roots. [1660-70; < L procumbent- (s. of ...
procurable
/proh kyoor"euh beuhl, preuh-/, adj. obtainable. [1605-15; PROCURE + -ABLE] * * *
procuracy
/prok"yeuhr euh see/, n., pl. procuracies. Archaic. the office of a proctor or procurator. [1250-1300; ME procuracie < ML procuratia, for L procuratio PROCURATION; see -ACY] * * ...
procurance
/proh kyoor"euhns, preuh-/, n. the act of bringing about or getting something; agency; procurement. [1545-55; PROCURE + -ANCE] * * *
procuration
/prok'yeuh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of obtaining or getting; procurement. 2. the act of procuring prostitutes. 3. the appointment of a procurator, agent, or attorney. 4. the ...
procurator
—procuratorate, procuratorship, n. —procuratorial /prok'yeuhr euh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, procuratory, adj. /prok"yeuh ray'teuhr/, n. 1. Rom. Hist. any of various imperial ...
procuratorial
See procurator. * * *
procurators fiscal
➡ legal system * * *
procure
—procurement, n. /proh kyoor", preuh-/, v., procured, procuring. v.t. 1. to obtain or get by care, effort, or the use of special means: to procure evidence. 2. to bring about, ...
procurement
See procurable. * * *
procurer
/proh kyoor"euhr, preuh-/, n. a person who procures, esp. a pander or pimp. [1350-1400; ME (see PROCURE, -ER1); r. ME procurour < AF
procuress
/proh kyoor"is, preuh-/, n. a woman who procures prostitutes. [1375-1425; late ME; see PROCURER, -ESS] Usage. See -ess. * * *
procyclical
adj. * * *
Procyon
/proh"see on'/, n. Astron. a first-magnitude star in the constellation Canis Minor. [1650-60; < L < Gk Prokýon name of a star, equiv. to pro- PRO-2 + kýon dog (see HOUND); so ...
procyonid
▪ mammal Introduction  any of a group of tree-climbing mammals comprising raccoons, coatis, the New World ringtail, the cacomistle, and the kinkajou. Though the 18 ...
prod
—prodder, n. /prod/, v., prodded, prodding, n. v.t. 1. to poke or jab with or as if with something pointed: I prodded him with my elbow. 2. to rouse or incite as if by poking; ...
Prod
/prod/, n. Chiefly Ulster Slang (often disparaging and offensive). a Protestant, esp. an Anglo-Irish Protestant. [by shortening; d prob. reflects the voicing or flap ...
prod.
1. produce. 2. produced. 3. producer. 4. product. 5. production. * * *
prodd
/prod/, n. a crossbow for hurling stones or balls: used for sport. [perh. sp. var. of PROD] * * *
prodder
See prod. * * *
prodemocracy
adj. * * *
prodemocrat
adj., n. * * *
prodemocratic
adj. * * *
prodeportation
adj. * * *
Prodi, Romano
born Aug. 9, 1939, Scandiano, Italy Italian prime minister (1996–98) and from 1999 president of the European Commission, one of the governing bodies of the European ...
prodigal
—prodigally, adv. /prod"i geuhl/, adj. 1. wastefully or recklessly extravagant: prodigal expenditure. 2. giving or yielding profusely; lavish (usually fol. by of or with): ...
prodigal son
a figure in a parable of Jesus (Luke 15:11-32); a wayward son who squanders his inheritance but returns home to find that his father forgives him. [1545-55] * * *
prodigality
/prod'i gal"i tee/, n., pl. prodigalities for 2, 3. 1. the quality or fact of being prodigal; wasteful extravagance in spending. 2. an instance of it. 3. lavish ...
prodigally
See prodigal. * * *
prodigious
—prodigiously, adv. —prodigiousness, n. /preuh dij"euhs/, adj. 1. extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.: a prodigious research grant. 2. wonderful or ...
prodigiously
See prodigious. * * *
prodigiousness
See prodigiously. * * *
prodigy
/prod"i jee/, n., pl. prodigies. 1. a person, esp. a child or young person, having extraordinary talent or ability: a musical prodigy. 2. a marvelous example (usually fol. by ...
prodisarmament
adj. * * *
prodissolution
adj. * * *
prodistribution
adj. * * *
prodivision
adj. * * *
prodivorce
adj. * * *
prodomos
/proh doh"mos/, n., pl. prodomoi /-moy/. Archit. an open vestibule, as a pronaos. [ < Gk pródomos lit., before-house, equiv. to pro- PRO-2 + dómos house (see DOME)] * * *
prodromal
See prodrome. * * *
prodrome
—prodromal /prod"reuh meuhl, preuh droh"-/, adj. /proh"drohm/, n. Pathol. a premonitory symptom. [1635-45; < F < NL prodromus, n. use of Gk pródromos running before. See ...
prodromic
See prodromal. * * *
Prodromus, Theodore
▪ Byzantine author also called  Ptochoprodromus (Greek: “Poor Prodromus”)   died c. 1166       Byzantine writer, well known for his prose and poetry, some of ...
prodrug
/proh"drug'/, n. Pharm. an inactive substance that is converted to a drug within the body by the action of enzymes or other chemicals. [PRO-1 + DRUG] * * *
produce
—producible, produceable, productible, adj. —producibility, productibility /preuh duk'teuh bil"i tee/, producibleness, produceableness, n. v. /preuh doohs", -dyoohs"/; n. ...
produce race
Horse Racing. a race for the offspring of parents identified or characterized at the time of nomination. * * *
produceable
See producible. * * *
producer
/preuh dooh"seuhr, -dyooh"-/, n. 1. a person who produces. 2. Econ. a person who creates economic value, or produces goods and services. 3. a person responsible for the financial ...
producer gas
a gas composed of carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and nitrogen, obtained by passing air and steam through incandescent coke: used as an industrial fuel, in certain gas engines, and in ...


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