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  1. Lavishly; prodigally; as, an income profusely expended.
  2. With exuberance; with rich abundance. The earth is profusely adorned with flowers; ornaments may be too profusely scattered over a building.


  1. Lavishness; prodigality; extravagant expenditures. Hospitality sometimes degenerates into profuseness. – Atterbury.
  2. Great abundance; profusion; as, profuseness of ornaments.

PRO-FU'SION, n. [s as z. L. profusio.]

  1. Lavishness; prodigality; extravagance of expenditures; as, to waste an estate by profusion. What meant thy pompous progress through the empire, / Thy vast profusion to the factious nobles? – Rowe.
  2. Lavish effusion. He was desirous to avoid not only profusion, but the least effusion of Christian blood. – Hayward.
  3. Rich abundance; exuberant plenty. The table contained a profusion of dainties. Our country has a profusion of food for man and beast. The raptur'd eye / The fair profusion, yellow autumn, spies. – Thomson.

PROG, n.1

  1. Victuals or provisions sought by begging or found by wandering about.
  2. Victuals of any kind. [A low word.] – Swift.

PROG, n.2

One that seeks his victuals by wandering and begging.

PROG, v.i. [D. prachgen, to beg; Dan. prakker, id.; Sw. pracka, to make use of shifts; L. proco, procor.]

To shift meanly for provisions; to wander about and seek provisions where they are to be found; to live by beggarly tricks. [A low word.] You are the lion; I have been endeavoring to prog for you. – Burke.

PRO-GEN'ER-ATE, v.t. [L. progenero.]

To beget. [Not in use.]


The act of begetting; propagation. [Not used.]

PRO-GEN'I-TOR, n. [L. from progigno; pro and gigno, to beget, Gr. γενναω.]

An ancestor in the direct line; a forefather. Adam was the progenitor of the human race.


A begetting or birth. [Little used.]

PROG'E-NY, n. [It. progenie; L. progenies, from progignor.]

Offspring; race; children; descendant of the human kind, or offspring of other animals; as, the progeny of a king; the progeny of Adam; the progeny of beasts or fowls; a word of general application.

PROG-NO'SIS, n. [Gr. προγνωσις, from προγινωσκω, to know before; προ and γινωσκω.]

In medicine, the art of foretelling the course and event of a disease; the judgment of the course and event of a disease by particular symptoms. – Coxe. Hooper.


Foreshowing; indicating something future by signs or symptoms; as, the prognostic symptoms of a disease; prognostic signs.


  1. In medicine, the judgment formed concerning the course and event of disease by means of the symptoms. – Encyc.
  2. Something which foreshows; a sign by which a future event may be known or foretold. In medicine, a sign or symptom indicating the course and event of a disease. The appearance of the tongue … is of considerable importance as a prognostic. – Parr.
  3. A foretelling; prediction. – Swift.


That may be foreknown or foretold. – Brown.

PROG-NOS'TIC-ATE, v.t. [from prognostic; It. prognosticare.]

  1. To foreshow; to indicate a future course and event by present signs. A clear sky at sunset prognosticates a fair day.
  2. To foretell by means of present signs; to predict. I neither will nor can prognosticate / To the young gaping heir his father's fate. – Dryden.


Foreshown; foretold.


Foreshowing; foretelling.


  1. The act of foreshowing a future course and event by present signs.
  2. The act of foretelling a course and event by present signs. – Burnet.
  3. A foretoken; previous sign. – Shak.


A foreknower or foreteller of a future course and event by present signs.

PRO-GRAM'MA, or PRO'GRAM, n. [Gr. from προγραφω, to write previously; πρω and γραφω, to write.]

  1. Anciently, a letter sealed with the king's seal. – Encyc.
  2. In a university, a billet or advertisement to invite persons to an oration. – Encyc.
  3. A proclamation or edict posted in a public place. – Life of A. Wood.
  4. That which is written before something else; a preface. – Warton.

PROG'RESS, n. [Fr. progrès; Sp. progreso; L. progressus, progredior; pro and gradior, to step or go. See Grade and Degree.]

  1. A moving or going forward; a proceeding onward. A man makes a slow progress or a rapid progress on a journey; a ship makes slow progress against the tide. He watched the progress of the army on its march, or the progress of a star or comet.
  2. A moving forward in growth; increase; as, the progress of a plant or animal.
  3. Advance in business of any kind; as, the progress of a negotiation; the progress of arts.
  4. Advance in knowledge; intellectual or moral improvement; proficiency. The student is commended for his progress in learning; the Christian for his progress in virtue and piety.
  5. Removal; passage from place to place. From Egypt arts their progress made to Greece. – Denham.
  6. A journey of state; a circuit. – Blackstone. Addison.

PRO-GRESS', v.i.

  1. To move forward in space; to pass; to proceed. Let me wipe off this honorable dew / That silvery doth progress on thy cheeks. – Shak. … Although the popular blast / Hath rear'd thy name up to bestride a cloud, / Or progress in the chariot of the sun. – Broken Heart, by Ford, vol. i. p. 303, Gifford's Ed. Lond. 1827. [These authors accent the first syllable, but the accent is now on the second.]
  2. To proceed; to continue onward in course. After the war had progressed for some time. – Marshall. They progress in that style in proportion as their pieces are treated with contempt. – Washington.
  3. To advance; to make improvement. – Du Ponceau. Bayard.


Moved forward; proceeded.


Moving forward; advancing. – Milton. Reform of Eng.