Prospect Pros"pect, n. [L. prospectus, fr. prospicere, prospectum, to look forward; pro before, forward + specere, spicere, look, to see: cf. OF. prospect. See {Spy}, v., and cf. {Prospectus}.] 1. That which is embraced by eye in vision; the region which the eye overlooks at one time; view; scene; outlook. [1913 Webster]

His eye discovers unaware The goodly prospect of some foreign land. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Especially, a picturesque or widely extended view; a landscape; hence, a sketch of a landscape. [1913 Webster]

I went to Putney . . . to take prospects in crayon. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

3. A position affording a fine view; a lookout. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Him God beholding from his prospect high. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Relative position of the front of a building or other structure; face; relative aspect. [1913 Webster]

And their prospect was toward the south. --Ezek. xl. 44. [1913 Webster]

5. The act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation; as, a prospect of the future state. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Is he a prudent man as to his temporal estate, that lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to, or provision for, the remaining part of life ? --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

6. That which is hoped for; ground for hope or expectation; expectation; probable result; as, the prospect of success. ``To brighter prospects born.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

These swell their prospectsd exalt their pride, When offers are disdain'd, and love deny'd. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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