• WordNet 3.6
    • n provost a high-ranking university administrator
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Provost A person who is appointed to superintend, or preside over, something; the chief magistrate in some cities and towns; as, the provost of Edinburgh or of Glasgow, answering to the mayor of other cities; the provost of a college, answering to president; the provost or head of certain collegiate churches.
    • Provost The keeper of a prison.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n provost One who is appointed to superintend or preside over something; the chief or head of certain bodies. The head of one of certain colleges (as of Oriel, Queen's, etc., in the university of Oxford, of King's College, Cambridge, Eton College, etc.): equivalent to principal in other colleges.
    • n provost The keeper of a prison; a chief jailer.
    • n provost Formerly, one holding a position in the English schools of fence higher than that of scholar and lower than that of master.
    • n provost A temporary prison in which the military police confine prisoners until they are disposed of.
    • n provost In the navy, an officer who is charged with the safe-keeping of a prisoner, pending his trial by a court martial, and who is responsible for his production before the court whenever his presence is required.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Provost prov′ost the dignitary set over a cathedral or collegiate church: the head of a college: :
    • n Provost prov′ost (Scotland) the chief magistrate of certain classes of burghs, answering to mayor in England
    • n Provost prov′ost (Shak.) the keeper of a prison
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. provost,L. prae, and pro, being confused), F. prevôt, fr. L. praepositus, placed before, a chief, fr. praeponere, to place before: cf. AS. prāfost, prōfast,. See Preposition, and cf. Propound
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. provost (Fr. prévôt), L. præpositus, pa.p. of præponĕrepræ, over, ponĕre, to place.


In literature:

In the provost-marshal's department at Richmond, shortly after surrender, was the neatest and most irrepressible of youths.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
The lieutenant and provost of the city, with their meagre suite, could easily have been set at defiance.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
Even the Provost came to say good-bye to them.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
On the following day I was taken to the Vice-Provost's house; it was his turn to offer hospitality.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
The provost-marshal's eyes are glittering, and his face is set and eager.
"A War-Time Wooing" by Charles King
The Provost-marshal took the latter in hand willingly, and Piggy was brought home in triumph.
"Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands" by Mary Seacole
By F. C. HODGSON, B.D., late Provost of Eton College.
"The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition] [9 vols.]" by William Shakespeare
Enter Duke and Provost.
"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare
It was after a time of great activity, and possibly of over-work, that he left Melrose, and became Provost of the monastery at Lindisfarne.
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
This unamiable man ordered me to be taken to Major Willard, the deputy Provost, whose tent we found after a long search.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
Captain Stinchcomb was the provost-marshal of the division, and old man Jordan was in the habit of going to him with all his grievances.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
Provost-marshals, their exactions, 208.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
My fifth letter turned out to be from the Provost of Trinity College.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
WILLIAM Y. PROVOST, First Assistant Surgeon, promoted to Surgeon, discharged.
"History of the 159th Regiment, N.Y.S.V." by Edward Duffy
She sent one of her boarders for the provost marshal.
"The Lost Despatch" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
William Smith, first provost of the College of Philadelphia.
"The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850" by Albert Smyth
Sergeant Reed of the Provost Guard was quite a character.
"Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons" by Homer B. Sprague
The constitution of the college included a Provost and twenty Fellows, of whom eighteen were to be in Holy Orders.
"Chelsea" by G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
He was immediately committed to the Provost, where he met with your brother, who had been sometime confined there.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
The provost guard from the post helps out when necessary.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin

In poetry:

Worthy Provost Moncur presided over the meeting,
And received very great greeting;
And Professor Stuart made an eloquent speech there,
And also Lord Dalhousie, I do declare.
"The Inauguration of the University College" by William Topaz McGonagall
There were also some beautiful Chrysanthemums, distinct
All in full bloom, with a charming tint
Some of them short and some of them tall
And some of them belonging to Provost Ballingall
"The Dundee Flower Show:Dedicated to the Right Honourable Earl of Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then his heart's blood did quickly flow,
And poor Wallace did not know where to go;
And he stood by him until dead.
Then far from him he quickly fled,
Lamenting greatly the deed he had done,
the murdering of the Provost's son.
"The Summary History of Sir William Wallace" by William Topaz McGonagall
Take him for all in all, he was a very good man,
And during his Provostship he couldn't be equalled in Great Britain,
Which I proclaim to the world without any dread,
Because while Provost he reduced the public-houses to three hundred.
"The Funeral of the Late Ex-Provost Rough, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay!
And prosperity to Provost Cox, who has given
Thirty thousand pounds and upwards away
In helping to erect the Bridge of the Tay,
Most handsome to be seen,
Near by Dundee and the Magdalen Green.
"The Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay" by William Topaz McGonagall
And when the coffin was lowered into its house of clay,
Then the friends of the deceased homewards wended their way,
Conversing on the good qualities of the good man,
Declaring that the late Ex-Provost Rough couldn't be equalled in Great Britain.
"The Funeral of the Late Ex-Provost Rough, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The University of New Orleans has named James E Payne as the school's new provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Jack Rose Named Chair of Provost Search Committee.
Burkhart Appointed Provost , Mesa Community College (Az.).
Patrick Burkhart has been named the provost of Mesa Community College.
Provost Office Reorganization Expected to Help UK Students.
Provost Knodell resigns, will return to teaching.
University of Vermont Provost Jane Knodell is resigning at the first of the year.
Radford University names new provost .
Provost marshal's loyalty falls into question.
Robert Groves, director of the US Census Bureau, will become Georgetown University's new executive vice president and provost August 20, the university announced.
Gwen Hillesheim, provost , Kendall College.
Gwen Hillesheim has been named as provost at kendall College.
UK Provost Heading to New England.
University of Kentucky Provost Kumble Subbaswamy is heading to New England.
The Yelduz Shrine Provost Unit will have its annual turkey shoot Saturday night.

In science:

For a mixture of two normal distributions see also chapter 4.7 in Mathai and Provost (1992).
On the Laplace transform of some quadratic forms and the exact distribution of the sample variance from a gamma or uniform parent distribution
Provost, The exact distribution of the ratio of a linear combination of chi-square variables over the root of a product of chi-square variables, The Canadian Journal of Statistics 14 (1986) 61 –67.
Fractional calculus approach to the statistical characterization of random variables and vectors
Wiley-Interscience, 2004. Provost, F. and Domingos, P., Tree Induction for Probability -Ba sed Ranking.
Practical Context Awareness: Measuring and Utilizing the Context Dependency of Mobile Usage
For small rotation rate |Ωs | << 1, r-modes can be studied using perturbation expansion in powers of Ωs (Provost et al. 1981; Saio 1982).
Dynamical Tides in Rotating Binary Stars
Finally, the test statistic (1.4) is convenient in that it may be treated through well-known analytical approximations (see, e.g., Mathai and Provost, 1992, sec. 4.6), rather than simulation.
A powerful test based on tapering for use in functional data analysis
Visited September 2010. Ipeirotis, P., Provost, F., & Wang, J. (2010) Quality Management on Amazon Mechanical Turk.
Crowdsourcing for Usability Testing
The theory and applications may be seen from the books of Mathai and Provost (1992) and Mathai, Provost and Hayakawa (1995).
Matrix-Variate Statistical Distributions and Fractional Calculus
Provost, Quadratic Forms in Random Variables: Theory and Applications, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1992.
Matrix-Variate Statistical Distributions and Fractional Calculus
Berthomieu, G., Provost, J., Morel, P., Lebreton, Y.: 1993, Astron.
How Well Do Standard Solar Models Describe the Results of Solar Neutrino Experiments?