- 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 prospector
Historical Examples of prospector
Tresco stood down, and the Prospector was placed in the box.
Benjamin peered over the tops of his glasses at the Prospector.
Prospector Tomlinson felt I'd said something insulting to him.Delilah of the Snows
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
- 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
also prospecter, 1846 in the mining sense; agent noun from prospect (v.).
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.