"The hospitality of this house is prover—" the precise doctor recommenced.
One prover, a nervous lady medical student, gives to-day in her report "a feeling of quiet and calmness, mentally."
The remedy was given by number, that the prover should not know what he took, nor the strength of it.
prover′bialism, a saying in the form of, or like, a proverb; prover′bialist.
late 12c., pruven, proven "to try, test; evaluate; demonstrate," from Old French prover, pruver "show; convince; put to the test" (11c., Modern French prouver), from Latin probare "to make good; esteem, represent as good; make credible, show, demonstrate; test, inspect; judge by trial" (source also of Spanish probar, Italian probare), from probus "worthy, good, upright, virtuous," from PIE *pro-bhwo- "being in front," from *pro-, extended form of root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per), + root *bhu- "to be" (cf. Latin fui "I have been," futurus "about to be;" Old English beon "to be;" see be). Related: Proved; proven; proving.