(Pro"nate) a. [L. pronatus, p. p. of pronare to bend forward. See Prone.] Somewhat prone; inclined; as, pronate trees. Kane.

(Pro*na"tion) n. [Cf. F. pronation.] (Physiol.) (a) The act of turning the palm or palmar surface of the forefoot downward. (b) That motion of the forearm whereby the palm or palmar, surface is turned downward. (c) The position of the limb resulting from the act of pronation. Opposed to supination.

(Pro*na"tor) n. [NL.] (Anat.) A muscle which produces pronation.

(Prone) a. [L. pronus, akin to Gr. Skr. pravana sloping, inclined, and also to L. pro forward, for. See Pro-.]

1. Bending forward; inclined; not erect.

Towards him they bend
With awful reverence prone.

2. Prostrate; flat; esp., lying with the face down; — opposed to supine.

Which, as the wind,
Blew where it listed, laying all things prone.

3. Headlong; running downward or headlong. "Down thither prone in flight." Milton.

4. Sloping, with reference to a line or surface; declivous; inclined; not level.

Since the floods demand,
For their descent, a prone and sinking land.

5. Inclined; propense; disposed; — applied to the mind or affections, usually in an ill sense. Followed by to. "Prone to mischief." Shak.

Poets are nearly all prone to melancholy.

(Prone"ly), adv. In a prone manner or position.

(Prone"ness), n.

1. The quality or state of being prone, or of bending downward; as, the proneness of beasts is opposed to the erectness of man.

2. The state of lying with the face down; — opposed to supineness.

3. Descent; declivity; as, the proneness of a hill.

4. Inclination of mind, heart, or temper; propension; disposition; as, proneness to self- gratification.

(Pro*neph"ric) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the pronephros.

(||Pro*neph"ros ||Pro*neph"ron) n. [ NL., fr. Gr. before + a kidney.] (Anat.) The head kidney. See under Head.

(Prong) n. [Cf. D. prangen to pinch, press, LG. prange a stick, or W. procio to thrust, E. prowl, pang.]

1. A sharp-pointed instrument.

Prick it on a prong of iron.

2. The tine of a fork, or of a similar instrument; as, a fork of two or three prongs.

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