(Preg"nant*ly), adv. In a pregnant manner; fruitfully; significantly.
(Preg"nant*ly), adv. Unresistingly; openly; hence, clearly; evidently. [Obs.] Shak.
(Pre"gra*vate) v. t. [L. praegravatus, p. p. of praegravare to be heavy upon, fr. praegravis
very heavy.] To bear down; to depress. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
(Pre*grav"i*tate) v. i. To descend by gravity; to sink. [R.] Boyle.
(Pre*gus"tant) a. [L. praegustans, p. pr. of praegustare to taste beforehand; prae before +
gustare to taste.] Tasting beforehand; having a foretaste. [R.] Ed. Rev.
(Pre`gus*ta"tion) n. The act of tasting beforehand; foretaste. [R.] Dr. Walker
(||Pre*hal"lux) n. [NL. See Pre- , and Hallux.] (Anat.) An extra first toe, or rudiment of a
toe, on the preaxial side of the hallux.
(Pre*hend") v. t. [L. prehendere. See Prehensile.] To lay hold of; to seize. [Obs.] Middleton.
(Pre*hen"si-ble) a. [Cf. F. préhensible.] Capable of being seized.
(Pre*hen"sile) a. [L. prehensus, p. p. of prehendere to lay hold of, seize; pre- (equiv. to
prae before) + hendere (in comp.), akin to E. get: cf. F. préhensile. See Get, and cf. Prison, Prize,
n.] Adapted to seize or grasp; seizing; grasping; as, the prehensile tail of a monkey.
(Pre*hen"sion) n. [L. prehensio; cf. F. préhension. See Prehensile.] The act of taking
hold, seizing, or grasping, as with the hand or other member.
(Pre*hen"so*ry) a. Adapted to seize or grasp; prehensile.
(Pre`his*tor"ic) a. Of or pertaining to a period before written history begins; as, the prehistoric
ages; prehistoric man.
(Prehn"ite) n. [So called from the German Colonel Prehn, who first found it.] (Min.) A pale
green mineral occurring in crystalline aggregates having a botryoidal or mammillary structure, and rarely
in distinct crystals. It is a hydrous silicate of alumina and lime.
(Prehn*it"ic) a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a tetrabasic acid of benzene obtained
as a white crystalline substance; probably so called from the resemblance of the wartlike crystals to
the mammillæ on the surface of prehnite.
(Pre`in*des"ig*nate) a. (Logic.) Having no sign expressive of quantity; indefinite. See
(Pre*in`dis*pose") v. t. To render indisposed beforehand. Milman.
(Pre`in*struct") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preinstructed; p. pr. & vb. n. Preinstructing.] To
instruct previously or beforehand. Dr. H. More.
(Pre*in`ti*ma"tion) n. Previous intimation; a suggestion beforehand. T. Scott.
(Pre*judge") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prejudged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prejudging.] [Pref. pre +
judge: cf. F. préjuger. Cf. Prejudicate, Prejudice.] To judge before hearing, or before full and sufficient
examination; to decide or sentence by anticipation; to condemn beforehand.
The committee of council hath prejudged the whole case, by calling the united sense of both houses of
Parliament" a universal clamor."Swift.