prominent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj prominent conspicuous in position or importance "a big figure in the movement","big man on campus","he's very large in financial circles","a prominent citizen"
    • adj prominent having a quality that thrusts itself into attention "an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom","a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book","salient traits","a spectacular rise in prices","a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center","a striking resemblance between parent and child"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prominent Eminent; distinguished above others; as, a prominent character.
    • Prominent Hence; Distinctly manifest; likely to attract attention from its size or position; conspicuous; as, a prominent feature of the face; a prominent building.
    • Prominent Standing out, or projecting, beyond the line surface of something; jutting; protuberant; in high relief; as, a prominent figure on a vase.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prominent Standing out beyond the line or surface of something; jutting; protuberant; in high relief: as, a prominent figure on a vase.
    • prominent In entomology: Raised above the general surface: as, prominent eyes.
    • prominent Projecting horizontally: as, prominent angles of the prothorax. The head of au insect is said to be prominent when its upper surface is horizontal and continuous with that of the thorax.
    • prominent Standing out so as to be easily seen; most visible or striking to the eye; conspicuous: as, the figure of a man is prominent in the picture.
    • prominent Standing out from among the multitude; distinguished above others: as, a prominent citizen. Synonyms Projecting, bulging.
    • prominent Eminent, leading.
    • n prominent A promontory.
    • n prominent One of certain bombycid moths; a tooth-back or pebble. The American red-humped prominent is Notodonta concinna; the European coxcomb prominent is N. camelina. Sec cut under Notodonta.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prominent prom′i-nent standing out beyond the line or surface of something: projecting: most easily seen: conspicuous: principal: eminent: distinguished
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prominens, -entis, p. pr. of prominere, to jut out, to project; pro, before, forward + minere,in comp.) to jut, project: cf. F. prominent,. See Imminent Eminent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. prominēre, to jut forth—pro, forth, minēre, to jut.

Usage

In literature:

It compares in height and prominence with El Capitan.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
It is hinted that an Allegheny county official was one of the most prominent actors in this justifiable homicide.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
A prominent firm in this same business of exporting tobacco was that of Forrest, Stoddert, and Murdock, formed in 1783.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
They demanded of him that he should himself take the most prominent part in murdering his old friends.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
William H. Grey, H. B. Robinson, and J. H. Johnson, of Arkansas, prominent planters and leaders in that State.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
Professor Tacchini, who had been invited to accompany the party, ascertained besides some significant facts about prominences.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
The most prominent hostelry in New York before the days of the Astor House was the City Hotel on lower Broadway.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
The head of the radius, however, is unduly prominent.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
His hostelry rightly belongs to the tavern class, although coffee had a prominent place on its menu.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The third, Little Stabbing Chief, was a prominent member of the Fox tribe.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

Lack-a-day!
And as I had been prominent,
All scowl'd upon me as I went,
I found not one content.
"Vanitas! Vanitatum Vanitas!" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
But a very prominent young man,
Both for love and his heart's command
Was out that night to see his girl,
When the Miss Snow Flake gave her twirl.
"Miss Snow Flake and the Lovers" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Yet, 't was for love of her I lent
My soul to crime ... I question me
Often, if less entirely
I'd loved her, then, in that event,
She had been justified to see
The deed alone stand prominent.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The surprise decision from the state's most prominent Republican appears to make Democratic Gov Joe Manchin's path to Washington easier.
Trees shade prominent, wealthy Tennessee landowners from taxes.
Despite her short tenure in Washington, Castor has already carved out a prominent role in the House Democratic Caucus.
Now, a prominent sob story shilled by President Obama himself about his own mother is in doubt.
Bo Xilai, a prominent Chinese provincial leader, has been dogged by a scandal.
Dancing is prominent in many of her videos.
STUART — Prominent attorney and civic leader Larry Buchanan died early Thursday following a battle with cancer.
(bigstock) Several years ago, I tried to persuade this newspaper to stop giving so much prominence to the annual results from America's most feared test, the SAT.
That's how friends are describing 18-year-old Nathaniel Fujita and Lauren Astley, a couple for three years at Wayland High School, both from prominent families in town and both headed to separate colleges this fall.
A prominent tennis umpire, accused of killing her husband with a coffee cup , appeared in court Friday, where her arraignment and bond hearing were continued to next Wednesday.
Jihadist group gaining prominence in Syrian rebel effort.
It's a good overview of the prominent causes and how they were related.
He looks through his Celestron telescope, hoping to see details on a night when the moon's features are most prominent.
Check out the wives and girlfriends of some of the prominent figures in the upcoming European Championship.
The GOP endorsement and prominent ballot line that Mayor Bloomberg spent so much time and money securing may also be weighing down his numbers, a new Quinnipiac poll shows.
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In science:

However, even with such defects, we would be able to detect galactic emission lines if they were sufficiently prominent and extended.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
The most prominent absorption lines detected in our spectra are the CaII H and K lines (3969 ˚A and 3933 ˚A), the MgII triplet around 5174 ˚A and the G-band of CH at 4303 ˚A.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
Recent HST/ACS images of HE 2345-2906, currently under analysis (Letawe et al., in prep.), reveal a prominent bar which could be an efficient driver of gas and dust to the central region, thus triggering the QSO activity, as suggested by Crenshaw et al. (2003) for another type of AGNs, the Narrow Line Seyferts 1 (NLS1).
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
The narrow lines in this the quasar are much more prominent relative to the broad components than for all other ob jects of the sample.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
Random walks figure prominently in a multitude of different physical problems.
Persistent random walk on a site-disordered one-dimensional lattice: Photon subdiffusion
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