• WordNet 3.6
    • v proctor watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)
    • n proctor someone who supervises (an examination)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Harley Proctor got the idea to name the soap "Ivory" while he was listening to a bible reading at a church in 1879
    • n Proctor (Eng. Law) One who is employed to manage to affairs of another.
    • v. t Proctor To act as a proctor toward; to manage as an attorney or agent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ivory soap slogan "99-44/100% Pure" was cleverly invented by Harley Proctor who with the help of chemists determined that Ivory soap was only 56/100 pure. Proctor simply subtracted 56 from 100 and came up with "99-44/100% Pure"
    • n proctor One who is employed to manage the affairs of another; a procurator.
    • n proctor Specifically, a person employed to manage another's cause in a court of civil or ecclesiastical law, as in the court of admiralty or a spiritual court. Proctors discharged duties similar to those of solicitors and attorneys in other courts. The term is also used in some American courts for practitioners performing functions in admiralty and in probate corresponding to those of attorneys at law.
    • n proctor One of the representatives of the clergy in the Convocations of the two provinces of Canterbury and York in the Church of England. They are elected by the cathedral chapters and the clergy of a diocese or an archdeaconry.
    • n proctor An official in a university or college whose function it is to see that good order is kept. In the universities of Oxford and Cambridge the proctors are two officers chosen from among the masters of arts.
    • n proctor A keeper of a spital-house; a liar.
    • n proctor One who collected alms for lepers or others unable to beg in person.
    • proctor To manage as an attorney or pleader.
    • proctor To hector; swagger; bully. Forby, quoted in Halliwell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Harley Proctor found the name "Ivory" for his soap in the Bible. He was in church reading the line, "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad." The original name of the soap was P&G White Soap.
    • n Proctor prok′tor a procurator or manager for another: an attorney in the spiritual courts: a representative of the clergy in Convocation: an official in the English universities who attends to the morals of the students and enforces university regulations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. proketour, contr. fr. procurator,. See Procurator
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Proctor said he couldn't help what he did.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Thomas Proctor was a boy at the School between 1760 and 1770, and became a great sculptor.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
In two or three days Proctor succeeded in getting the Indians into a council.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
Edited, with a Memoir, by PATRICK PROCTOR ALEXANDER, M.A., Author of 'Mill and Carlyle,' etc.
"Books and Authors" by Anonymous
The Proctors have resigned their usurped authority.
"Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853" by Various
General Proctor looked on.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Bounce had any bad feeling or intention towards the Proctors.
"Talkers" by John Bate
It is signed by Ashley, Gordon, Turner, Southey, and Proctor.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles" by Daniel Hack Tuke
"Twentieth Century Inventions" by George Sutherland

In poetry:

Come back our ancient walks to tread,
Dear haunts of lost or scattered friends,
Old Harvard's scholar-factories red,
Where song and smoke and laughter sped
The nights to proctor-haunted ends.
"An Invitation" by James Russell Lowell
"This is insolence to me,"
Said Proctor bitterly.
"But a paltry leader," said the brave red-skinned ally
"We stand in hopeless fray,
To meet defeat today;
A shadow falls around me, my fate is drawing nigh."
"Tecumthe" by Nora Pembroke
October's leaf was sere;
The day was dark and drear.
Wild war was loosed in rage o'er our quiet country then;
When at Moravian town,
Where the little Thames flows down,
In the net of battle caught was Proctor and his men.
"Tecumthe" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

Adelena Sullivan Proctor , 86, of Mount Olive, was freed from pain and taken to her heavenly home Friday, April 1, 2011, at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Proctor , 85 years of age, passed away Thursday February 10, 2011 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio.
Born on January 24, 1926 in Ravenna, Ohio, he was the son of the late Herbert and Amber (Boggus) Proctor .
Lowest Gas Prices in Proctor .
We are currently still collecting latest Proctor dealer gas detail.
Since graduating from the University of Georgia, Fletcher Proctor has been covering sports for various media outlets all over the state of Georgia.
Q&A: OU safety Sam Proctor .
Interview with Tom Proctor .
Chris Proctor Live on Detours.
Jamie Danice Proctor , age 53, of the Enon community, south of Russellville, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at her home.
The Proctors had a son who served in World War II.
Beverly Simpson of Lawrenceburg, Rodney Proctor of Lawrenceburg and Tamara Mercer of Houstonville announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Tamara Simpson and Jeremy Proctor .
Betty Jane Proctor , 68, of Bristol, FL (Rock Bluff Community), passed away Sunday morning, November 27, 2011, at her home.
Several emergency response agencies responded to an early morning train derailment in Proctor Tuesday morning.
49 am Wetzel County 911 received a report from the CSX Brooklyn Rail Yard that one of their trains had derailed in the Proctor area.

In science:

Note however that these authors employed the Balmer absorption line indices as age indicators and it is well known that this method can give very uncertain absolute ages, even larger than the age of the Universe (Vazdekis et al. 2001; Schiavon et al. 2002; Mendel, Proctor, & Forbes 2007; Poole et al. 2010).
MIUSCAT: extended MILES spectral coverage. II. Constraints from optical photometry
The following result was first proved (in an equivalent form) by Proctor .
Plane partitions II: 5 1/2 symmetry classes
Many optimization schemes, such as differential corrections (Proctor & Linnell, 1972) or the simplex method (Kallrath & Linnell, 1987), yield final results which depend to some extent on the initial guesses.
Computational Asteroseismology
Proctor, R. N., Forbes, D. A. & Beasley, M. A. 2004 A robust method for the analysis of integrated spectra from globular clusters using Lick indices.
Massive star clusters in galaxies
Proctor, Minuscule elements of Weyl groups, the numbers game, and d-complete posets, J.
On rank functions for heaps