- 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)
Origin of prospect
Synonyms for prospect
Examples from the Web for prospecting
Historical Examples of prospecting
The one who afterwards gave the name of Dunn, answered, 'Prospecting a little.'Policing the Plains
“Prospecting” is generally taken to mean searching for gold.Spinifex and Sand
David W Carnegie
Prospecting his needs is part of your job as a salesman of yourself.Certain Success
Norval A. Hawkins
Prospecting of the sort they did, besides proving unfruitful, is not comfortable.Lin McLean
"Prospecting trips" is the name Edwards gives to his frequent journeys to the publishing center of the country.The Fiction Factory
John Milton Edwards
- 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.