- 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)
Words nearby prospect
Idioms for prospect
Origin of prospect
OTHER WORDS FROM prospectpros·pect·less, adjectivepros·pec·tor [pros-pek-ter, pruh-spek-ter] /ˈprɒs pɛk tər, prəˈspɛk tər/, nounnon·pros·pect, nounun·der·pros·pect, noun
Examples from the Web for prospecting
Prospecting generally was done by organized parties numbering anywhere from five to fifty men.
Prospecting for alluvial gold at shallow depths is a comparatively easy process, requiring no great amount of technical knowledge.Getting Gold|J. C. F. Johnson
Prospecting to find out just how much that hundred thousand or two or three you've sunk in me is worth.No. 13 Washington Square|Leroy Scott
Prospecting of the sort they did, besides proving unfruitful, is not comfortable.Lin McLean|Owen Wister
“Prospecting” is generally taken to mean searching for gold.Spinifex and Sand|David W Carnegie
British Dictionary definitions for prospecting
- 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