prowess

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prowess a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation "the art of conversation","it's quite an art"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prowess Distinguished bravery; valor; especially, military bravery and skill; gallantry; intrepidity; fearlessness. "He by his prowess conquered all France."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prowess Excellence; virtue; goodness; integrity.
    • n prowess Bravery; valor; particularly, military bravery combined with skill; gallantry; daring.
    • n prowess A feat or deed of valor; a valiant act.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prowess prow′es bravery, esp. in war: valour: daring
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. proece, proesce, F. prouesse,. See Prow (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. prou (Fr. preux), perh. from prod in prodesse, to do good.

Usage

In literature:

Even Egypt yielded to her prowess, and haughty Persia solicited an alliance with her.
"Woman: Man's Equal" by Thomas Webster
Should you not claim to be at least his equal in prowess, and act upon the claim?
"Abraham Lincoln" by George Haven Putnam
And thou knowest, without doubt, the opinions of the Brahmanas, and, O king, their prowess also!
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
Over and above his prowess, his cause, you know, is just, and for that reason God will be with him.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
Thou resemblest the deity of a thousand eyes; and in grace and beauty and prowess, thou shinest among these all as a king!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4" by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Individual prowess, individual accomplishment, could go no further.
"Ireland, Historic and Picturesque" by Charles Johnston
Many a long and tough struggle had Eric enjoyed, and his prowess was so universally acknowledged, that his dormitory, No.
"Eric" by Frederic William Farrar
Thou shalt take knighthood from mine own hand as thy prowess well deserveth.
"More Bywords" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Valencia, having an audience of a dozen or more one night, grew eloquent upon the prowess of the blue-eyed one.
"The Gringos" by B. M. Bower
The savages, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks all worshipped physical prowess in man.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
Of the prowess of Lee's veterans sufficient has been said.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
Even by thy prowess shall we conquer all foes.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
PEERS, THE TWELVE, the famous warriors or paladins at the court of Charlemagne, so called from their equality in prowess and honour.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
They were enforced by a country boy of great reputed prowess in battle.
"The Court of Boyville" by William Allen White
In my part of the country the traditionary stories of drinking prowess are quite marvellous.
"Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character" by Edward Bannerman Ramsay
The glutton thinks of his stomach; the scholar of his knowledge; the athlete of his prowess, and the seeker after power, of his ambitions.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
The strong heart of William, however, failed him not, and by his single prowess and presence of mind he recalled the fleeing troops.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
They mightily praised his journey and the prowess of it, and said that his like would never be.
"The Story of Grettir The Strong" by Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
Boys' admiration for physical prowess is natural and not unhealthy.
"Cambridge Essays on Education" by Various
He was heard of at White Plains, at Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown, and always with marvelous mention of courage and prowess.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I. February, 1862, No. II." by Various
***

In poetry:

And of the gallant stand they made--
What prowess kept at bay
The swelling foe, till Sheaffe appeared,
And won the glorious day!
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
We come not in a grand superior way,
Aiming at showy prowess o'er the world
All that we ask is that our, banner may
Beside the glorious flags of France be furled.
"Envoi - I" by Robert A Donaldson
Who is so great among mankind,
His infancy knew not the womb;
And, coming thence, still is not blind,
To wombed life, as he the tomb
Enfolds within its dank embrace,
Whate'er his prowess, clan or race.
"Lines To Caste" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
The student ranks are closed, there is no gap;
Of other brave aspirants is no dearth;
Prowess, fidelity, and truth go on,
And few shall miss or mourn the student gone,
Reposing in the all-protecting lap
Of Mother Earth.
"The Student Gone" by Hattie Howard
Year by year as his harvest grew,
He gleaned with a lightsome heart;
His barns he filled, and he sowed and tilled,
Trading in port and mart.
Proud of his prowess in psort and trade
Was the Fool, who scoffed at an alien raid.
"Son of a Fool" by C J Dennis
"Yet fools are often dangerous enemies;
As meanest reptiles are most venomous:
Nor e'er could Gage, by craft or prowess,
Have done a whit more mischief to us;
Since he began th' unnat'ral war,
The work his masters sent him for.
"M'Fingal - Canto I" by John Trumbull

In news:

Our bachelor from Delaware shows off his physical prowess .
Showing my fuel economy prowess .
4-H'ers display their poultry prowess .
Rex's Big Tail Was Its Key to Speed and Hunting Prowess .
Clarkson's Vocal Prowess Keep AC Crowd On Their Feet.
Delsea boys show big-meet prowess .
Iran's cyber prowess : Could it really have cracked drone codes.
'Team of Rivals': Lincoln's Political Prowess .
Match Terrain, Tactics for Predator Prowess .
The Association of Medical Publications named Barbara Napoli and Kevin Dunn as the recipients of its 2006 Nexus Awards for journal advertising sales prowess .
China Displays Supercomputing Prowess with World's Fastest Supercomputer.
Bachmann, Perry Face Off Over Economic Prowess .
Training exercise highlights rescue team's prowess .
The Sexual Prowess of Wilt Chamberlain: 20,000 Women.
Michele Bachmann's fundraising prowess .
***

In science:

Available IT support for the spaces and edge processes It is clear that the K-space is where the human intellectual prowess for knowledge creation is at work.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
As a result, the Information Technology prowess of India in the business domain has not been exploited by the scientific community, astronomical data from Indian observatories have not been archived and made available to the community, and India remains on the wrong side of the digital divide.
Astronomical Data Management
Once again, the direct search prowess of the LHC should be highlighted.
Four Statements about the Fourth Generation
***