Prosthetic to Protest

(Pros*thet"ic) a. [Cf. Gr. disposed to add, put on.] Of or pertaining to prosthesis; prefixed, as a letter or letters to a word.

(Pros*tib"u*lous) a. [L. prostibulum prostitute.] Of or pertaining to prostitutes or prostitution; meretricious. [Obs.] Bale.

(Pros"ti*tute) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prostituted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prostituting.] [L. prostitutus, p. p. of prostituere to prostitute; pro before, forth + statuere to put, place. See Statute.]

1. To offer, as a woman, to a lewd use; to give up to lewdness for hire. "Do not prostitute thy daughter." Lev. xix. 29.

2. To devote to base or unworthy purposes; to give up to low or indiscriminate use; as, to prostitute talents; to prostitute official powers. Milton.

(Pros"ti*tute), a. [L. prostitutus, p. p.] Openly given up to lewdness; devoted to base or infamous purposes.

Made bold by want, and prostitute for bread.

(Pros"ti*tute), n. [L. prostituta.]

1. A woman giver to indiscriminate lewdness; a strumpet; a harlot.

2. A base hireling; a mercenary; one who offers himself to infamous employments for hire.

No hireling she, no prostitute to praise.

(Pros`ti*tu"tion) n. [L. prostitutio: cf. F. prostitution.]

1. The act or practice of prostituting or offering the body to an indiscriminate intercourse with men; common lewdness of a woman.

2. The act of setting one's self to sale, or of devoting to infamous purposes what is in one's power; as, the prostitution of abilities; the prostitution of the press. "Mental prostitution." Byron.

(Pros"ti*tu`tor) n. [L.] One who prostitutes; one who submits himself, of or offers another, to vile purposes. Bp. Hurd.

(||Pro*sto"mi*um) n.; pl. Prostomia [NL., fr. Gr. before + mouth.] (Zoöl.) That portion of the head of an annelid situated in front of the mouth.Pro*sto"mi*al a.

(Pros"trate) a. [L. prostratus, p. p. of prosternere to prostrate; pro before, forward + sternere to spread out, throw down. See Stratum.]

1. Lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface; stretched out; as, to sleep prostrate. Elyot.

Groveling and prostrate on yon lake of fire.

2. Lying at mercy, as a supplicant. Dryden.

3. Lying in a humble, lowly, or suppliant posture.

Prostrate fall
Before him reverent, and there confess
Humbly our faults.

4. (Bot.) Trailing on the ground; procumbent.

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