• WordNet 3.6
    • adj prospective of or concerned with or related to the future "prospective earnings","a prospective mother","a prospective bride","the statute is solely prospective in operation"
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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.
    • Prospective A perspective glass.
    • Prospective Being within view or consideration, as a future event or contingency; relating to the future: expected; as, a prospective benefit. "Points on which the promises, at the time of ordination, had no prospective bearing."
    • Prospective Looking forward in time; acting with foresight; -- opposed to retrospective. "The French king of Sweden are circumspect, industrious, and prospective , too, in this affair."
    • Prospective Of or pertaining to a prospect; furnishing a prospect; perspective. "Time's long and dark prospective glass."
    • Prospective The scene before or around, in time or in space; view; prospect.
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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.
    • prospective Suitable for viewing at a distance; perspective.
    • prospective Looking forward in time; characterized by foresight; of things, having reference to the future.
    • prospective Being in prospect or expectation; looked forward to; expected: as, prospective advantages; a prospective appointment.
    • n prospective Outlook; prospect; view.
    • n prospective The future scene of action.
    • n prospective A perspective glass; a telescope.
    • n prospective A lookout; a watch.
    • n prospective In heraldry, perspective: as, a pavement paly barry in prospective.
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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.
    • adj Prospective looking forward: expected: acting with foresight: relating to the future: distant
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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. prospectivus,: cf. F. prospectif,. See Prospect (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prospectusprospicĕre, prospectumpro, forward, specĕre, to look.


In literature:

Political economists speak of the productiveness and prospectiveness of capital.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
Evening spent in talking with Sophia on their future prospects.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
The poor girl's eyes glistened at the prospect of relief.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
To that shrine the emperors sometimes made excursions to obtain a distant prospect of the world.
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
It should now be possible to form a judgment on the prospects of the Anglo-Saxon race in various parts of the world.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
As to the colored man Adams, the prospect looked simply hopeless.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
At this time Robert's worldly prospects were brightening, and a position of honour and comfort seemed opening before him.
"Robert Moffat" by David J. Deane
She liked the place; and the prospect was that she would be long in my service.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
In the morning, the young ladies not stirring and no prospects of duty for me, I rode down to town.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
There was no doubt that Sibylla, throughout the long voyage, had cherished the prospect of finding a home at Verner's Pride.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
There are families who think it almost indelicate to talk about marriage as a thing actually in prospect for any of their own community.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
The prospects of ending the war grew more remote every day.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Science was breathing new life into our enterprise, and leading us rapidly into new fields and richer prospects.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
That grew into Percy's prospective thrashing.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
His own prospects had of course been frequently discussed.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
On the whole, no one could deny that this was a real prospecting outfit.
"The Pike's Peak Rush" by Edwin L. Sabin
It meant almost certain ruin to himself and his prospects, but, if it came, it would be clean ruin and he would feel no smirch.
"Maid of the Mist" by John Oxenham
No natural theology ever gave peace in the prospect of meeting a holy God.
"Practical Religion" by John Charles Ryle
What are his prospects in this country?
"A Boy of the Dominion" by F. S. Brereton
Exposure, danger, hardships, nothing interfered when there was a prospect of acquiring valuable information.
"Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa" by Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson

In poetry:

"And though the flatterer Hope deceives,
And painted prospects shows;
Yet man, still cheated, still believes,
Till death the bright scene close.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
His heart with ardent hope is filled;
His prospects full of beauty bloom:
But, oh! my heart despair has chilled,
My only prospect is….the tomb!
"Secret Love" by Amelia Opie
A' his gowden prospects vanish'd!--
A' his dreams o' warlike fame!--
A' his glittering phantoms banish'd!
Will could think o' nought but -- hame!
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
Amazing knowledge, vast and great!
What large extent! what lofty height!
My soul, with all the powers I boast,
Is in the boundless prospect lost.
"Psalm 139 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Behold, my fair, where'er we rove,
What dreary prospects round us rise,
The naked hill, the leafless grove,
The hoary ground, the frowning skies.
"The Winter's Walk" by Samuel Johnson
Now are his future prospects o'er;
Must labour, be despis'd, and poor.
His character so stain'd, no doubt,
That nothing can, but time, wash out."
"The Milkman" by William Hutton

In news:

Scouts long have prospected for pitchers who throw high-speed strikes and athletes who could run fast and see well.
Redskins prospects wait out final cuts.
CLARENDON — Proposed zoning to alert prospective developers to federal regulations associated with airports might not be needed.
Weighing The Prospects Of The Keystone XL Pipeline.
After fueling LSU's 41-14 rout of Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl, 6-foot-5, 265- pound quarterback JaMarcus Russell is in the passing lane of prospects awaiting the April 28-29 NFL draft.
To go with Jim Bowden's piece on 10 prospects he'd like to see called up, Eric Karabell and myself taped a little video.
Forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Teemu Pulkkinen, two of the Detroit Red Wings top prospects, are headed back overseas for at least one more season.
The International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn is a school where students from forty five different countries, speaking twenty-eight different languages come together to learn English and become part of American society.
HE ENTERED to a standing ovation and finished in front of an emptied stadium, and in between there was enough good and bad to debate his long-range prospects, at least for another week.
The College invites prospective students.
Rangers still working, ink free-agent prospect Kyle Jean.
Deejays' Chatter Brightens Tub Cleanser 's Prospects.
If You're Thinking of Living In/Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer talks about the official signing of Cuban pitching prospect Gerardo Concepcion .
Culvert Work Will Affect Prospect Street Between Front Street and Mygatt Street in Binghamton.

In science:

Conclusions and prospects are provided in Section 6.
The nature of price returns during periods of high market activity
We study here the Z and W± production in proton-lead and lead-lead collisions at the LHC, concentrating on the prospects of testing the factorization and constraining the nuclear modifications of the parton distribution functions (PDFs).
Constraints for the nuclear parton distributions from Z and W production at the LHC
P(supr∈[0,t] Yr < supr∈[0,t+s] Yr ) It was suggested in as a “measure of the prospects for novelty in the system“.
On the dynamics of trap models in Z^d
Based on our sample and previously known short period binary WD systems, we study the mass-period distribution and future evolutionary prospects, including the connections to unusual stellar populations and underluminous supernovae (SNe).
The ELM Survey. II. Twelve Binary White Dwarf Merger Systems
Having the GRVs, we can then invoke an algorithm to match a content request with one of the prospective providers. Table 1 summarizes the QoS measurement methods.
An Architectural Design for Brokered Collaborative Content Delivery System
Impact of Different Parameter Setups to GRV Calculation GRV is a novel concept proposed in this paper. It is used extensively to estimate the capability of providers and matching a content request with a set of prospective providers.
An Architectural Design for Brokered Collaborative Content Delivery System
Note that the ˇSipoˇs integral was successfully used in prospect theory by Kahneman and Tversky, see .
On vector-valued Dobrakov submeasures
Tversky, Advances in prospect theory: cumulative representation of uncertainty, J.
On vector-valued Dobrakov submeasures
The prospect of purposefully engineering disorder into topological systems to benefit from further localization effects, for both coherent and incoherent errors, is a sub ject of continuing study.
Bringing order through disorder: Localization of errors in topological quantum memories
In Proceedings of IMS workshop on Computational Prospects of Infinity, Singapore, 2006.
Possibilities and impossibilities in Kolmogorov complexity extraction
Left ventricular structure and function in children infected with human immunodeficiency virus: The prospective P2C2 HIV Multicenter Study.
A generalized linear mixed model for longitudinal binary data with a marginal logit link function
The main ob jective of this work is to explore the prospects of ab initio DFT for the nuclear case. A more complete survey of the current status of the field can be found in Ref. .
Exact-exchange density functional theory for neutron drops
Results obtained with one ton of liquid argon (ArDM prototype) and prospects using a monoenergetic neutron source are discussed.
Search for WIMPs in liquid argon
These are encouraging prospects to detect WIMPs in LAr with a threshold below 50 keV.
Search for WIMPs in liquid argon
Particularly appealing are also prospects for detection of multitime correlations or the study of non-equilibrium physics in strongly correlated systems.
Quantum Memory Assisted Probing of Dynamical Spin Correlations