- an apparent probability of advancement, success, profit, etc.
- the outlook for the future: good business prospects.
- an apparent indication of ore or native metal.
- a place giving such indications.
- a mine working or excavation undertaken in a search for additional ore.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- prospect heights,
Origin of prospect
Examples from the Web for prospect
Then, German troops enlisted by the Brits (Hessians) began to attack at Battle Pass, located in Prospect Park.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site|Justin Jones|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He married Chirlane in a ceremony in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
As a child of Tornado Alley myself, I endorse the sentiment in this American Prospect piece by Monica Potts.
She thanked him now over her cellphone as she stood in the Clean and Bright Laundromat on Prospect Avenue.Alphonza Bryant, the Slain Bronx Teen Who Did Everything Right|Michael Daly|May 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
At The American Prospect, Abby Rapoport cites a new study as evidence it won't happen.
Towards the close of 1712 Tickell published his poem on the Prospect of Peace.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1|Alexander Pope
A woman was seen to smile, one morning just after the catastrophe, as she came down the steps of Prospect Hill, at Johnstown.History of the Johnstown Flood|Willis Fletcher Johnson
On his return he found some very fine ground at the back of Prospect Hill.
It was fifteen miles to Prospect, where our nearest forces were.A History of the Ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry|Marion Morrison
The road passes near Prospect Hill, which is the most conspicuous eminence in the county, and is cultivated to the summit.
- a known or likely deposit of ore
- the location of a deposit of ore
- a sample of ore for testing
- the yield of mineral obtained from a sample of ore
Word Origin for prospect
early 15c., "act of looking into the distance," from Latin prospectus "distant view, look out; sight, faculty of sight," noun use of past participle of prospicere "look out on, look forward," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meaning "extensive view of the landscape" is from 1530s; transferred sense of "mental view or survey" is from 1620s. Sense of "person or thing considered promising" is from 1922. Prospects "expectations, things looked forward to" is from 1660s.
"explore for gold, examine land with a view to a mining claim," 1841, from prospect (n.) in specialized sense of "spot giving prospects of ore" (1832). Earlier in a sense "look forth, look out over" (1550s), from Latin prospectare. Related: Prospected; prospecting.