• WordNet 3.6
    • v prospect explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
    • v prospect search for something desirable "prospect a job"
    • n prospect a prediction of the course of a disease
    • n prospect the visual percept of a region "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
    • n prospect belief about (or mental picture of) the future
    • n prospect someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)
    • n prospect the possibility of future success "his prospects as a writer are excellent"
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Prospecting for Gold Prospecting for Gold

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The single highest temperature ever recorded in U.S. history was 134 degrees Fahrenheit. It was recorded in Greenland Ranch, CA on July 10, 1913. The lowest recorded temperature was minus 80 degrees on January 23, 1971 in Prospect Creek, AK.
    • Prospect A position affording a fine view; a lookout. "Him God beholding from his prospect high."
    • Prospect Especially, a picturesque or widely extended view; a landscape; hence, a sketch of a landscape. "I went to Putney . . . to take prospects in crayon."
    • Prospect Relative position of the front of a building or other structure; face; relative aspect. "And their prospect was toward the south."
    • Prospect That which is embraced by eye in vision; the region which the eye overlooks at one time; view; scene; outlook. "His eye discovers unaware
      The goodly prospect of some foreign land."
    • Prospect That which is hoped for; ground for hope or expectation; expectation; probable result; as, the prospect of success. "To brighter prospects born.""These swell their prospects d exalt their pride,
      When offers are disdain'd, and love deny'd."
    • Prospect The act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation; as, a prospect of the future state. "Is he a prudent man as to his temporal estate, that lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to, or provision for, the remaining part of life ?"
    • v. t Prospect To look over; to explore or examine for something; as, to prospect a district for gold.
    • v. i Prospect To make a search; to seek; to explore, as for mines or the like; as, to prospect for gold.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A girl, in the Vacococha tribe of Peru, to prepare her for marriage at the age of 12, is placed in a basket in the hut of her prospective in-laws and must remain suspened over an open fire night and day for 3 months.
    • prospect To look forward; have a view or outlook; face.
    • prospect (pros′ pekt). In mining, to make a search; explore: as, to prospect for a place which may be profitably worked for precious metal.
    • prospect To look forward toward; have a view of.
    • prospect (pros′ pekt). In mining: To explore for unworked deposits of ore, as a mining region.
    • prospect To do experimental work upon, as a new mining claim, for the purpose of ascertaining its probable value: as, he is prospecting a claim.
    • n prospect The view of things within the reach of the eye; sight; survey.
    • n prospect That which is presented to the eye; scene; view.
    • n prospect A view or representation in perspective; a perspective; a landscape.
    • n prospect An object of observation or contemplation.
    • n prospect A place which affords an extensive view.
    • n prospect A wide, long, straight street or avenue: as, the Ascension Prospect in St. Petersburg.
    • n prospect Direction of the front of a building, window, or other object, especially in relation to the points of the compass; aspect; outlook; exposure: as, a prospect toward the south or north.
    • n prospect A looking forward; anticipation; foresight.
    • n prospect Expectation, or ground of expectation, especially expectation of advantage (often so used in the plural): as, a prospect of a good harvest; a prospect of preferment; his prospects are good.
    • n prospect In mining, any appearance, especially a surface appearance, which seems to indicate a chance for successful mining. Sometimes used as a synonym of color in panning out auriferous sand, or more often for the entire amount of metal obtained in panning or vanning.
    • n prospect In heraldry, a view of any sort used as a bearing: as, the prospect of a ruined temple. = Syn. 1-3. Scene, Landscape, etc. See view, n.
    • n prospect In organ-building, the external front or façade of the instrument, including the case and the display-pipes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ladybugs bleed to protect themselves. When alarmed, they release drops of a reddish or yellowish bitter tasting liquid from their mouths and from the pores at their joints. This repels prospective attackers.
    • n Prospect pros′pekt a looking forward: that which the eye takes in at once: a view: object of view: a scene: expectation: a long, straight, wide street: outlook, exposure
    • v.i Prospect to make a search, esp. for chances of mining for precious metals
    • n Prospect outlook: prospect
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  • Josh Billings
    “The happiest time in a man's life is when he is in the red hot pursuit of a dollar with a reasonable prospect of overtaking it.”
  • Kenneth Clarke
    Kenneth Clarke
    “Energetic action on debt would make a radical difference to the prospects of many of the poorest countries in the world, at no practical cost to creditor countries.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Prospect is often better than possession.”
  • J. B. Priestley
    J. B. Priestley
    “I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning...”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “The hours that we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with success.”
  • John Dryden
    “For present joys are more to flesh and blood than a dull prospect of a distant good.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prospectus, fr. prospicere, prospectum, to look forward; pro, before, forward + specere, spicere, look, to see: cf. OF. prospect,. See Spy (v.), and cf. Prospectus


In literature:

The prospect of such a night was fearful.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Still, what other prospect had we of saving our lives?
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was not even the prospect of my own sufferings that caused me this uneasiness.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
It has increased more since that time than even during the preceding year; and I have no further anxiety about my worldly prospects.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
From here the prospect is magnificent.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Are the prospects very favorable that they will return of their own accord?
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
It's so stupid to talk of the prospects of a boy like me.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
There was a prospect of this.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Perhaps it was well that she was forced to think about her own prospects, which were none of the brightest.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878" by Various
My mother said it was just like me to leave a sure thing and traffic around over the country, with no future prospects whatever.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
It was known, moreover, that his prospects were so good!
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The prospect was appalling.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Farwell swore to himself at the prospect, feeling his grievance against his employers and the world at large become more acute.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
In the three weeks that this work went on, Colonel Howell appeared to be in no hurry to resume his prospecting.
"On the Edge of the Arctic" by Harry Lincoln Sayler
I suppose I should ask your permission to prospect in the hill country.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
No, we'll tell Tom Connor about it and let him go prospecting if he likes.
"The Boys of Crawford's Basin" by Sidford F. Hamp
They were all full of Bruce's new prospects, and Christina slipped away unnoticed to bed.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
For the men who did succeed in getting passes out of camp, the prospect was dreary enough, dreary or undesirable.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
It was agreed among the three that they would remain in Dawson City another week and then they would go prospecting.
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
How revolting must such a prospect have been to all English feeling!
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke

In poetry:

Ere thorns beset thy earthly lot,
And bid thee at thy fate repine,—
Ere to thine eyes life seem'd a blot,
As now its prospects are to mine.
"Stanzas to Mary" by Mary Anne Browne
Still my wretched thought thus strays,
'Midst gloomy scenes and prospects drear;
My weary mind, in various ways
Seeking Hope, still finds Despair.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
And whether, stepping forth, my soul shall see
New prospects, or fall sheer—a blinded thing!
There is, O grave, thy hourly victory,
And there, O death, thy sting.
"The Great Misgiving" by William Watson
Be thine a life of social joy,
Removed from care and pain,
On earth thy early years employ,
With prospect of that gain
No mortal here can realize,
Eternal bliss beyond the skies.
"Emma Alice Browne" by James McCauley
Yet Hope, benignant power! with cheering smile,
Still bids me tune the lyre, and wake the muse;
Illumes the wintry prospect for a while,
And dreams of springs, and summers past, renews.
"The Season Of Life" by Joanna Baillie
But vainly I gaze the wide prospect around,
'T is May, yet no Ellen returning is near:
Oh, when shall I see her! when feel my heart bound,
As sweetly she cries, "It is May, and I'm here!"
"Song. "Low hung the dark clouds"" by Amelia Opie

In news:

Carrefour SA wrapped up a tumultuous 2011 with weak financial results and grim prospects for rapid improvement despite a change in leadership.
UNLV quarterback prospect and Silverado graduate Savon Moniz throws during practice Tuesday, August 7, 2012.
Michael Bourn, a onetime Phils prospect, is a free-agent centerfielder PAUL SANCYA/AP.
Eury Perez, the Chiefs' speedy centerfielder , is a hot Nationals prospect (And he's fun to watch).
909 Prospect Street #210, La Jolla.
The prospects of a Staples store, and now news of a potential Peet's Coffee outlet, has come as a shock to many Sonoma residents.
Sport Chalet 's prospects are climbing.
Coach Rich Rodriguez has eight high school prospects on campus this weekend, including one with a very famous father.
The prospect of new employment rules makes business groan.
After a day of slower-than-expected preparations in the Chukchi Sea, Shell Alaska officially began drilling into the seafloor above its Burger prospect at 4:30 am Sunday, the company said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Royal Dutch Shell on Monday was moving its drill ship off a prospect in the Chukchi Sea, a day after drilling began 70 miles off the Alaska coast because sea ice was moving toward the vessel.
The jury selection questionnaires in a case involving a gang shooting were supposed to be confidential, but there was a glaring clue to the identity of Prospective Juror No 142 in federal court in Manhattan yesterday.
Going from top prospect to productive major-leaguer isn't as easy as it looks.
He is one of the nation's top swimming prospects.
This could be an important camp for the Angels' top prospect, catcher Hank Conger .

In science:

Conclusions and future prospects are given in Section 5.
Is Nature Generic?
At the same time we have to show the experimental and observational prospects of our models in the future.
4d Gauge Theory and Gravity Generated from 3d Ones at High Energy
Conclusions and prospects for future research are reported in section VII.
Multifractal stationary random measures and multifractal random walks with log-infinitely divisible scaling laws
The prospects for using real galaxy counts to calibrate models for lens statistics are good.
Rethinking Lensing and Lambda
Finally we discuss the prospects for extending these ideas to more realistic models.
Lattice Supersymmetry and Topological Field Theory
The second slow scale condition used in the theorem to follow is introduced as a strong regularity property of the prospective coefficients in the operators.
Elliptic regularity and solvability for partial differential equations with Colombeau coefficients
We provide significant support for the prospect of studying nonlinear connections via (generalized) sprays.
Generalized Sprays and Nonlinear Connections
This issue is also extensively studied in classical systems as it is the most relevant in the interpretation of experiments and in estimating the prospects for technological realizations.
Transport in one dimensional quantum systems
The observational prospects are rather poor.
Quantum Gravity
Morita, Structure of the mapping class groups of surfaces: a survey and a prospect.
K_g is not finitely generated
The prospect of generalizing the lagrangian theory of fluids rests on the observations that a perfect fluid spacetime stress can be reduced to that of a congruence of point particles.
A Fluid Generalization of Membranes
Knowledge of collision cross sections is therefore essential in understanding prospects for the success of either approach.
Ultracold Collisions of Fermionic OD Radicals
Finally, we emphasize that this has been only an illustrative look at the prospects of exploring the dynamic nature of dark energy.
Is Dark Energy Dynamical? Prospects for an Answer
This prospective mechanism will be tackled elsewhere.
A white dwarf-neutron star relativistic binary model for soft gamma-ray repeaters
Prospectives for detectability by LISA of SGRs and their WD components in the relativistic binary model.
A white dwarf-neutron star relativistic binary model for soft gamma-ray repeaters