proper

Definitions

  • Insect properly pinned up
    Insect properly pinned up
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj proper appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs "everything in its proper place","the right man for the job","she is not suitable for the position"
    • adj proper limited to the thing specified "the city proper","his claim is connected with the deed proper"
    • adj proper marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness "proper medical treatment","proper manners"
    • adj proper having all the qualities typical of the thing specified; not just a snack" "wanted a proper dinner","he finally has a proper job"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Roses generally need around 6 hours of sunlight to grow properly.
    • Proper Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome. "Thou art a proper man.""Moses . . . was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child."
    • Proper Befitting one's nature, qualities, etc.; suitable in all respect; appropriate; right; fit; decent; as, water is the proper element for fish; a proper dress. "The proper study of mankind is man.""In Athens all was pleasure, mirth, and play,
      All proper to the spring, and sprightly May."
    • Proper Belonging to one; one's own; individual. "His proper good""My proper son.""Now learn the difference, at your proper cost,
      Betwixt true valor and an empty boast."
    • Proper Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites. "Those high and peculiar attributes . . . which constitute our proper humanity."
    • Proper Pertaining to one of a species, but not common to the whole; not appellative; -- opposed to common; as, a proper name; Dublin is the proper name of a city.
    • adv Proper Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
    • Proper (Her) Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge.
    • Proper Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Before roasting, some green coffee beans are stored for years, and experts believe that certain beans improve with age, when stored properly.
    • proper Special; peculiar; belonging to a species or individual and to nothing else; springing from the peculiar nature of a given species or individual; particularly suited to or befitting one's nature; natural; original.
    • proper Belonging to one; one's own.
    • proper Fit; suitable; appropriate.
    • proper According to recognized usage; correct; just: as, a proper word; a proper expression.
    • proper Rightly so called, named, or described; taken in a strict sense: in this sense usually following the noun: as, the apes proper belong to the Old World; no shell-fish are fishes proper.
    • proper Decent; correct in behavior; respectable; such as should be: as, proper conduct.
    • proper Well-formed; good-looking; personable; handsome; also, physically strong or active.
    • proper In heraldry, having its natural color or colors: said of any object used as a bearing: thus, a coil of rope proper is represented brown, and the spiral lines of the cordage are indicated.
    • proper In liturgics, used only on a particular day or festival, or during a particular octave or season: as, the proper introit; a proper preface; proper psalms.
    • proper Fine; pretty: said ironically of what is absurd or objectionable.
    • proper Becoming; deserved.
    • proper Synonyms Particular, individual, specific.
    • proper Fitting, befitting, meet, seemly, becoming, legitimate.
    • n proper That which is set apart to special or individual use. Specifically, in liturgics, a special office or special parts of an office appointed for a particular day or time: as, the proper of the day; the proper of Whitsunday.
    • n proper A property in the logical sense.
    • proper Properly; very; exceedingly.
    • proper To appropriate.
    • proper To make proper; adorn.
    • proper In geometry, not figurative; not at infinity: as, proper points.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Everyone thought Albert Einstein suffered from dyslexia, because he couldn't speak properly until he was 9 years old.
    • adj Proper prop′ėr one's own: fitted for a person's nature or qualities: peculiar: belonging to only one of a species (as a name): natural: suitable: correct: just: right: becoming:
    • n Proper something set apart for a special use
    • adv Proper (coll.) very, exceedingly
    • adj Proper prop′ėr (B.) comely, pretty: in liturgics, used only on a particular day or festival
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “There is properly no history; only biography.”
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    “Success is the proper utilization of failure.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.”
  • Zig Ziglar
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    “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
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    “The difference between heresy and prophecy is often one of sequence. Heresy often turns out to have been prophecy -- when properly aged.”
  • Henry Brooks Adams
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    “The proper study of mankind is woman.”

Idioms

Prim and proper - Someone who is prim and proper always behaves in the correct way and never breaks the rules of etiquette.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius,. Cf. Appropriate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. propre—L. proprius, one's own, akin to prope, near.

Usage

In literature:

He appealed to Gorman as a man whose services to literature and drama had never been properly recognised.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Yet, when the question is properly understood, gravity forms no exception to the law of conservation.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
By its terms the committee is to report on Friday, if it can properly do so.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Proper location of bees.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
It is, therefore, proper that they should fully understand the true significance of these occurrences.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
They should be properly handled and properly packed.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
In the chapter on solder, I have given the correct mixtures and how to recognize the proper mixtures.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
A proper person would, however, be of course employed.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Would it be proper to ask Mr. Robbins to join us?
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
The proper headgear in winter is a black felt soft hat, in summer a straw.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
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In poetry:

This is the learning
Unto which we come:
PROPERLY WALLOPED
Is for ever dumb.
"Recipe" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Many a song of sweetness
Has lost its harmony,
Because at its beginning
It had not the proper key.
"Many" by Jared Barhite
I cause from every creature
His proper good to flow:
As much as he is and doeth,
So much he shall bestow.
"Boston Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
How proper, and how sweet a thing,
It is with all the heart to sing
To God at midnight, when the rest
Of mortals are with sleep opprest!
"A Midnight Meditation" by Rees Prichard
There ev'ry want shall be supply'd —
There ev'ry wish be satisfy'd —
There ev'ry ravish'd sense shall find
Enjoyments of a proper kind.
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard
In fair San Francisco a good man did dwell,
And he wrote out a will, for he didn't feel well.
Said he: "It is proper, when making a gift,
To stimulate virtue by comforting thrift."
"The Legatee" by Ambrose Bierce

In news:

Judging, done this day by Doug Evenson of Ellensburg, looks for organization, proper safety precautions and teamwork — being pleasant, focused and properly spaced.
Everything has its proper place.
WSJ's relationships columnist Elizabeth Bernstein offers a few tips on how to properly deliver a compliment .
Vacationing somewhere near a beach while drinking a proper glass of red wine.
But there is at least one realm of digital art that is only beginning to be properly explored -- the smartphone app.
Canseco has refused to concede defeat, saying a statement: "The race is not over, and it won't be until all votes are properly and legally counted.".
Proper design requires attention to often underappreciated issues.
Although his proclamation quite properly recognizes the sacrifices of those who fought on behalf of the Confederacy , a hole lies in the statement's heart.
But it won't be easy for Wright to use proper Cover-2 technique and stay on top of receiver.
This page is only accessible to logged-in users with proper access privileges.
Due to a transcription error, a lengthy quotation by Ernest Miller in our August 12 essay was not properly attributed.
Percussion Discussion (Cowbells, Gongs & Bongos) on "Rock It Properly" Tonight (Sunday, December 4th).
Choosing the proper keypad for an application will not only make the end user happier, but it also should provide years of reliable operation.
But only if they layer properly.
What's the proper response when the boss sends you to something called the Very Boring Rally.
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In science:

Let X be a proper arithmetic variety, that is, let X be a regular scheme which is flat, proper and of finite type over Z, the ring of integers.
Higher arithmetic K-theory
Let X be a proper arithmetic variety, that is, we assume that X is proper over Z.
Higher arithmetic K-theory
Therefore all proper subgroups of G have index greater than 39 > 38 and therefore QB is not induced from a representation of a proper subgroup.
Very simple representations: variations on a theme of Clifford
Also, the action of H on A is proper if and only if the G–action on G ×H A is proper.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
Note that the G-action on the twisted product G ×H A is proper since the isotropy subgroup H is compact and, consequently, its action on A is proper.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
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