prodigy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prodigy an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality "the Marines are expected to perform prodigies of valor"
    • n prodigy a sign of something about to happen "he looked for an omen before going into battle"
    • n prodigy an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration "she is a chess prodigy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prodigy A production out of ordinary course of nature; an abnormal development; a monster.
    • Prodigy Anything so extraordinary as to excite wonder or astonishment; a marvel; as, a prodigy of learning.
    • Prodigy Something extraordinary, or out of the usual course of nature, from which omens are drawn; a portent; as, eclipses and meteors were anciently deemed prodigies . "So many terrors, voices, prodigies ,
      May warn thee, as a sure foregoing sign."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prodigy Something extraordinary from which omens are drawn; a portent.
    • n prodigy A person or thing so extraordinary as to excite great wonder or astonishment.
    • n prodigy A monster; an animal or other production out of the ordinary course of nature.
    • n prodigy Synonyms Sign, wonder, miracle.
    • n prodigy Marvel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prodigy prod′i-ji a portent: any person or thing that causes great wonder: a wonder: a monster
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Quotations

  • Virginia Woolf
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    “One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.”
  • Robert Moses
    Robert Moses
    “He continued to be an infant long after he ceased to be a prodigy.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    Desiderius%20Erasmus
    “Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prodigium,; pro, before + (perh.) a word appearing in adagium, adage: cf. F. prodige,. Cf. Adage.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prodige—L. prodigium, a prophetic sign—pro, before, dicĕre, to say.

Usage

In literature:

Altogether he seems to have been one of the greatest geniuses of antiquity, and his works imply a prodigious amount of calculation.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume III" by John Lord
Prodigies of valor were wrought by him and his gallant Paladins.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
Her fame is prodigious, and it is a glory to her sex; indeed, she is an intellectual phenomenon.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII" by John Lord
The currents of the sea in those parts are of prodigious force.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. I" by Robert Kerr
According to the authors of those times, signs and prodigies appeared, to warn mankind of the sanguinary struggle which was now to take place.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
The prodigious importance of this step cannot be overrated.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX" by John Lord
His labors were prodigious.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume X" by John Lord
Colonel Morton gave a prodigious bound upward, and dropped to the earth a corpse!
"Thrilling Adventures by Land and Sea" by James O. Brayman
Leaving the public road, we struck off into a thick wood, where we passed the night in prodigious apprehension.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. II" by Robert Kerr
During that year many prodigies happened.
"The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six" by Titus Livius
The phenomena presented by the evening papers was certainly prodigious, and prodigiously affecting.
"Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days" by Arnold Bennett
If water were somewhat more rarefied, it could no longer sustain those prodigious floating buildings, called ships.
"The Existence of God" by Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon
This was a distance of seventy miles, a prodigious day's journey for a canoe.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Its size was prodigious.
"Everychild" by Louis Dodge
Many prodigies and miracles were wrought through Patrick in his youth, but we shall only relate a few out of many of them.
"The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick" by Various
Great numbers of families are also supported by the neighbouring lakes, which abound prodigiously with fish.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
It came in dimensions incredible, a prodigious wall of rumpled water, like a mobile mountain chain.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Its height was nothing extraordinary, being but about sixty feet; but its trunk was of prodigious dimensions.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
And, with wild glee, this prodigy Sir Ranulph grim espies.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
I should not rate Mrs Rowland's word very highly: but this would be such a prodigious falsehood!
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
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In poetry:

Come, my Lucasia, since we see That miracles Men's Faith do move,
By wonder and by prodigy
To the dull angry World let's prove
There's a Religion in our Love.
"Friendships Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia" by Katherine Philips
Rex was rugged as an oak;
Story-teller born was he.
First of writing, fighting folk,
How he lived prodigiously!
Better man he was than I,
Yet forlorn he had to die.
"Two Men (J. L. And R. B.)" by Robert W Service
And fierce and few, as when a strong man weeps,
Great rain-drops dashed the dust; and, overhead,
Ponderous and vast down the prodigious deeps,
Went slow the thunder's tread.
"The Broken Drouth" by Madison Julius Cawein
This was made plain the anger of the gods;
The universe gave signs Nature reversed
In monstrous tumult fraught with prodigies
Her laws, and prescient spake the coming guilt.
"Pharsalia - Book II: The Flight Of Pompeius" by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
If Nature be a phantasm, as thou say'st,
A splendid fiction and prodigious dream,
To reach the real and true I'll make no haste,
More than content with worlds that only seem.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
All spell-bound in the drowsy gloom,
Grey-leaved, white-flowered, the mulleins bloom;
And if a swallow suddenly
Should cut the pool with one sharp wing,
Or if a thrush come here to sing,
It seems a prodigy.
"The Elfin Valley" by Mary Webb

In news:

On Howard Kurtz's Reliable Sources yesterday, political video prodigy Andrew Kaczynski announced he will be joining Ben Smith's team at BuzzFeed, beginning January 1.
This drawing originally appeared in the December 2, 1993 issue with the article An American Prodigy.
Already being called a prodigy, 11-year-old Front Royal resident Jacob Loughlin will take the stage Thursday night at Shenandoah University along with legends of the bagpiping world.
The Lawrence Raiders American Legion baseball team lost to KC Prodigy, 9-1 in five innings during the semifinals of the Mid-America Tournament on Sunday at Avila University.
Prodigy now, as then, would rather kick ass than kiss it.
I'm no technological prodigy, but I do know enough to be dangerous.
ZooGue's new iPad case is a Prodigy .
What can this Boy Scout marketing prodigy teach you about popcorn sales.
At the age of 15, Austin Edgar is fast becoming known as a guitar prodigy .
Remembering Marvin Hamlisch, a Prodigy and a Showman.
Regina Carter is a true prodigy.
Winners of the coveted Purple Jacket include a teen prodigy, a Super Bowl champion, a corporate league team captain and a tennis association president.
Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray and Princeton broke onto the scene and caused a pandamonium similar to the group B2K from the early 2000s.
13-year-old violin prodigy from Orem to solo with Utah Symphony.
Baltimore Ravens and future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis has had a prodigious affect on the city of Baltimore.
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In science:

However, given that starburst galaxies are able to support prodigious rates of star formation near their centers, perhaps we should not be surprised that star clusters can also form near the Galactic Center.
The Formation of Star Clusters
VY CMa, in particular, is ejecting large amounts of gas and dust at a prodigious rate.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
Perhaps in the less harsh environment of IC 348, whose earliest type star is of B5 and not a prodigious source of ultraviolet photons, the disks can persist longer than in NGC 2264.
The Variability and Rotation of Pre-main Sequence Stars in IC 348: Does Intracluster Environment Influence Stellar Rotation?
Over the past two decades, prodigiously detailed maps of protein interaction networks (PPI) have been produced [1, 2].
Protein Interaction Networks are Fragile against Random Attacks and Robust against Malicious Attacks
The “dark energy” required to power this acceleration is prodigious, and indeed must be the dominant constituent of the universe by a factor of 17 over normal matter, and 3 over dark matter (which, despite the name, is probably unrelated).
Type Ia Supernovae as Stellar Endpoints and Cosmological Tools
However, we can assert with confidence that the number of known eclipsing systems in our Galaxy will make a prodigious jump.
The impact of Gaia and LSST on binary stars and exo-planets
It has been hypothesised that FeLOBALs may represent a transition population between ultra-luminous infra-red galaxies and quasars with some of these sources having prodigiously high star formation rates, as inferred from their mid infra-red properties (Farrah et al. 2007).
Heavily Reddened Quasars at z~2 in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey: A Transitional Phase in AGN Evolution
Although not immediately realized, this provided the first indications of the prodigious magnitude of galactic outflows, since the measured amo unt of ICM Fe was of the same order as the sum of the Fe in all of the stars in all of the cluster galaxies.
Chemical Composition of the Intracluster Medium
With the average Fe yield per current mass of stars ∼ 3 times solar, a prodigious rapid enrichment is implied: a time average of ∼ 0.1 M⊙ yr-1 of Fe per (presentday) L∗ galaxy integrated over 2 Gyr.
Chemical Composition of the Intracluster Medium
They are recent mergers with prodigious amounts of star formation, which might eventually either consume or heat and disperse the gas, as required by the theory.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
Digital Data Preservation for Astronomy Journals Astronomers are producing and analysing data at ever more prodigious rates.
Astronomical Data Management
AGB stars are believed to be prodigious producers of both carbon and fluorine, suggesting that AGB stars may be the source of the observed abundance patterns in at least some CEMP stars.
First Stars III Conference Summary
The neutrino flux per year is prodigious, about a thousand times the flux the nutev detector received in a year of running with a traditional neutrino beam.
Physics with a Millimole of Muons
It would require a considerable advance in physics, but the advances have been prodigious.
Summary; Inflation and Traditions of Research
This is the result of prodigious, painstaking effort on the part of radio and optical observers.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary
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