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prospect

[pros-pekt] /ˈprɒs pɛkt/
noun
1.
Usually, prospects.
  1. an apparent probability of advancement, success, profit, etc.
  2. the outlook for the future:
    good business prospects.
2.
anticipation; expectation; a looking forward.
3.
something in view as a source of profit.
4.
a potential or likely customer, client, etc.
5.
a potential or likely candidate.
6.
a view, especially of scenery; scene.
7.
outlook or view over a region or in a particular direction.
8.
a mental view or survey, as of a subject or situation.
9.
Mining.
  1. an apparent indication of ore or native metal.
  2. a place giving such indications.
  3. a mine working or excavation undertaken in a search for additional ore.
10.
Archaic. sight; range of vision.
verb (used with object)
11.
to search or explore (a region), as for gold.
12.
to work (a mine or claim) experimentally in order to test its value.
verb (used without object)
13.
to search or explore a region for gold or the like.
Idioms
14.
in prospect, under consideration; expected; in view:
He had no other alternative in prospect.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English prospecte < Latin prōspectus outlook, view. See prospectus
Related forms
prospectless, adjective
prospector
[pros-pek-ter, pruh-spek-ter] /ˈprɒs pɛk tər, prəˈspɛk tər/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonprospect, noun
underprospect, noun
Synonyms
6, 7. See view. 7, 8. perspective.
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  • The region has drawn many dreamers since, including prospectors.
  • prospectors, adventurers and outlaws soon flooded the region.
  • The vast majority of scientists have never been more than journeymen prospectors.
  • As generations of prospectors have since discovered, gaining that inch can be perilous.
  • prospectors keep attempting to set up mines their, but the ore is apparently flawed and not suitable for construction.
  • Whether they will keep such a large area off-limits to prospectors is harder to say.
  • With oil so profitable, prospectors searched inhospitable parts of the world.
  • Fossil fuels and ore deposits are being depleted faster than prospectors can find new ones.
  • Worse, my mind was occupied with tall tales told by prospectors and desert rats.
  • The group's website also provides a forum where you can arrange to meet with prospectors from the area.
British Dictionary definitions for prospectors

prospect

noun (ˈprɒspɛkt)
1.
(sometimes pl) a probability or chance for future success, esp as based on present work or aptitude: a good job with prospects
2.
a vision of the future; what is foreseen; expectation: she was excited at the prospect of living in London, unemployment presents a grim prospect
3.
a view or scene, esp one offering an extended outlook
4.
a prospective buyer, project, etc
5.
a survey or observation
6.
(mining)
  1. a known or likely deposit of ore
  2. the location of a deposit of ore
  3. a sample of ore for testing
  4. the yield of mineral obtained from a sample of ore
verb (prəˈspɛkt)
7.
when intr, often foll by for. to explore (a region) for gold or other valuable minerals
8.
(transitive) to work (a mine) to discover its profitability
9.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to search (for)
Derived Forms
prospectless, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prōspectus distant view, from prōspicere to look into the distance, from prō- forward + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for prospectors

prospect

n.

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.

v.

"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.

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