- 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
Related formspros·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 prospector
The Prospector, who was the third player, looked up from his “hand” and drummed the table with the ends of his dirty fingers.
“Mind you make it real good,” said the Prospector, who stood, watching the operation.
Moonlight had armed himself with a pick, the Prospector had grasped a shovel, Tresco drew a revolver from inside his “jumper.”
Prospector dropped into camp with fist full of good looking quartz.Cabin Fever|B. M. Bower
The Prospector put the bag of gold on the table, and taking the photographs and map left the room.Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales|Charles B. Cory
British Dictionary definitions for prospector (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for prospector (2 of 2)
- 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