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One that expends money extravagantly or without necessity; one that is profuse or lavish; a waster; a spendthrift. – Dryden.

PROD-I-GAL'I-TY, n. [Fr. prodigalité; It. prodigalità; Sp. prodigalidad.]

  1. Extravagance in the expenditure of what one possesses, particularly of money; profusion; waste; excessive liberality. It is opposed to frugality, economy, and parsimony. By the Roman law a man of notorious prodigality was treated as non compos. – Encyc. The most severe censor can not but be pleased with the prodigality of his wit. – Dryden.
  2. Profuse liberality.


To be extravagant in expenditures. [Not used.] – Sherwood.


  1. With profusion of expenses; extravagantly; lavishly; wastefully; as, an estate prodigally dissipated.
  2. With liberal abundance; profusely. Nature not bounteous now, but lavish grows, / Our paths with flowers she prodigally strows. – Dryden.

PRO-DIG'IOUS, a. [Sp. and It. prodigioso; Fr. prodigieux; L. prodigiosus. See Prodigy.]

  1. Very great; huge; enormous in size, quantity, extent, &c.; as, a mountain of prodigious size or altitude; a prodigious mass or quantity of water; an ocean or plain of prodigious extent. Hence,
  2. Wonderful; astonishing; such as may seem a prodigy; monstrous; portentous. It is prodigious to have thunder in a clear sky. – Brown. Prodigious to relate. – Dryden.


  1. Enormously; wonderfully; astonishingly; as, a number prodigiously great. – Ray.
  2. Very much; extremely; in familiar language. He was prodigiously pleased.


Enormousness of size; the state of having qualities that excite wonder or astonishment. – Hall.

PROD'I-GY, n. [L. prodigium, from prodigo, to shoot out, drive out, properly to spread to a great extent.]

  1. Any thing out of the ordinary process of nature, and so extraordinary as to excite wonder or astonishment; as, a prodigy of learning. – Spectator.
  2. Something extraordinary from which omens are drawn; portent. Thus eclipses and meteors were anciently deemed prodigies.
  3. A monster; an animal or other production out of the ordinary course of nature. – B. Jonson.

PRO-DI'TION, n. [L. proditio, from prodo, to betray; supposed to be compounded of pro and do, to give. But in W. bradu is to betray.]

Treachery; treason. – Ainsworth.

PROD'I-TOR, n. [L.]

A traitor. [Not in use.] – Shak.


  1. Treacherous; perfidious; traitorous. [Not in use.] – Daniel.
  2. Apt to make discoveries or disclosures. [Not in use.] – Wotton.


Treacherous; perfidious. – Milton.

PRO'DROME, n. [Gr. προδρομος; προ and τρεχω, to run.]

A forerunner. [Not in use.] – Coles.


That which is produced, brought forth or yielded; product; as, the produce of a farm; the produce of trees; the produce of a country; the produce of a manufacture; the produce of the sea; the produce of a tax; the produce of a mine. But when we speak of something formed by an individual artisan or genius, we call it a production.

PRO-DUCE', v.t. [L. produco; pro and duco, to lead or draw; Sax. teogan, teon, to tug; It. producere, produrre; Sp. producir; Fr. produire.]

  1. To bring forward; to bring or offer to view or notice; as, to produce a witness or evidence in court. Produce your cause. – Is. xli.
  2. To exhibit to the public. Your parents did not produce you much into the world. – Swift.
  3. To bring forth; to bear; as plants or the soil. Trees produce fruit; the earth produces trees and grass; wheat produces an abundance of food.
  4. To bear; to generate and bring forth; as young. The seas produce fish in abundance. They … Produce prodigious births of body or mind. – Milton.
  5. To cause; to effect; to bring into existence. Small causes sometimes produce great effects. The clouds produce rain. The painter produces a picture or a landscape. The sculptor produces a statue. Vice produces misery.
  6. To raise; to bring into being. The farmer produces grain enough for his family.
  7. To make; to bring into being or form. The manufacturer produces excellent wares.
  8. To yield or furnish. Money produces interest; capital produces profit. The commerce of the country produces a revenue to government.
  9. In general, to bring into existence or into view.
  10. To draw out in length; to extend; as, a line produced from A. to B. – Geometry.


Brought into life, being or view; yielded.


Production. [Not used.] – Milton.


One that exhibits or offers to view or notice. [Not much used.] – Ayliffe.


One that generates; one that produces. – Locke. Suckling.


The power of producing. [Not used.] – Barrow.

PRO-DU'CI-BLE, a. [It. producibile, produtibile.]

  1. That may be brought into being; that may be generated or made; as, producible salts. – Boyle.
  2. That may be brought into view or notice; that may be exhibited. – Hammond.


The state or quality of being producible; as, the producibleness of salts. – Boyle.


Generating; bringing into existence or notice.

PROD'UCT, n. [L. productus, from produco; Fr. produit.]

  1. That which is produced by nature, as fruits, grain, metals; as, the product of land; the products of the season.
  2. That which is formed or produced by labor or by mental application; as, the products of manufactures, of commerce or of art; the products of great and wise men. In the latter sense, production is now generally used. In general, products comprehend whatever is produced or made; as when we speak of the products of a country exported. The product of the import and excise. – Belknap. N. Hamp.
  3. Effect; result; something consequential. These are the product / Of those ill mated marriages. – Milton.
  4. In arithmetic, the amount of two or more numbers multiplied. Thus 5x7=35, the product. Product results from multiplication, as sum does from addition.
  5. In geometry, the factum of two or more lines.


That may be extended in length.