Proof-proof to Prophesy
(Proof"-proof`), a. Proof against proofs; obstinate in the wrong. "That might have shown to
any one who was not proof-proof." Whateley.
(||Pro*ös"tra*cum) n.; pl. Proöstraca [NL., fr. Gr. before + shell of a testacean.] (Zoöl.) The
anterior prolongation of the guard of the phragmocone of belemnites and allied fossil cephalopods, whether
horny or calcareous. See Illust. of Phragmocone.
(Pro*ö"tic) a. [Pref. pro- + Gr. an ear.] (Anat.) In front of the auditory capsule; applied especially
to a bone, or center of ossification, in the periotic capsule. n. A proötic bone.
(Prop) n. A shell, used as a die. See Props.
(Prop) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Propped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Propping.] [Akin to LG. & D. proppen to
cram, stuff, thrust into, stop, G. pfropfen, Dan. proppe, Sw. proppa; of uncertain origin, cf. G. pfropfen
to graft, fr. L. propago set, layer of a plant, slip, shoot. Cf. 3d. Prop, Propagate.] To support, or
prevent from falling, by placing something under or against; as, to prop up a fence or an old building; (Fig.)
to sustain; to maintain; as, to prop a declining state. Shak.
Till the bright mountains prop the incumbent sky.Pope.
For being not propp'd by ancestry.Shak.
I prop myself upon those few supports that are left me.Pope.
(Prop), n. [Akin to LG., D., & Dan. prop stopple, stopper, cork, Sw. propp, G. pfropf. See Prop,
v.] That which sustains an incumbent weight; that on which anything rests or leans for support; a support; a
stay; as, a prop for a building. "Two props of virtue." Shak.
(Pro`pæ*deu"tic*al) , a. [Gr. to teach beforehand; before + to
bring up a child, to educate, teach, fr. a child.] Of, pertaining to, or conveying, preliminary instruction; introductory
to any art or science; instructing beforehand.
(Pro`pæ*deu"tics) n. The preliminary learning connected with any art or science; preparatory
(Prop"a*ga*ble) a. [See Propagate.]
1. Capable of being propagated, or of being continued or multiplied by natural generation or production.
2. Capable of being spread or extended by any means; said of tenets, doctrines, or principles.
(Prop`a*gan"da) n. [Abbrev. fr. L. de propaganda fide: cf. F. propagande. See Propagate.]
1. (R. C. Ch.) (a) A congregation of cardinals, established in 1622, charged with the management of
missions. (b) The college of the Propaganda, instituted by Urban VIII. (1623-1644) to educate priests
for missions in all parts of the world.
2. Hence, any organization or plan for spreading a particular doctrine or a system of principles.
(Prop`a*gan"dism) n. [Cf. F. propagandisme.] The art or practice of propagating tenets
or principles; zeal in propagating one's opinions.
(Prop`a*gan"dist) n. [Cf. F. propagandiste.] A person who devotes himself to the spread
of any system of principles. "Political propagandists." Walsh.