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- Any effort, process, or operation designed to establish or discover a fact or truth; an act of testing; a test; a trial.
- Edmund Spenser,
- For whatsoever mother wit or art Could work, he put in proof.
- You shall have many proofs to show your skill.
- Formerly, a very rude mode of ascertaining the strength of spirits was practiced, called the proof.
- The degree of evidence which convinces the mind of any truth or fact, and produces belief; a test by facts or arguments which induce, or tend to induce, certainty of the judgment; conclusive evidence; demonstration.
- William Shakespeare,
- I'll have some proof.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
- It is no proof of a man's understanding to be able to confirm whatever he pleases.
- 1990 October 28, Paul Simon, “Proof”, The Rhythm of the Saints, Warner Bros.
- Faith, faith is an island in the setting sun / But proof, proof is the bottom line for everyone
- The quality or state of having been proved or tried; firmness or hardness which resists impression, or doesn't yield to force; impenetrability of physical bodies.
- Firmness of mind; stability not to be shaken.
- A proof sheet; a trial impression, as from type, taken for correction or examination.
- : A process for testing the accuracy of an operation performed. Compare Prove, transitive verb, 5.
- : Armour of excellent or tried quality, and deemed impenetrable; properly, armour of proof.
- A measure of the alcohol content of liquor. Originally, in Britain, 100 proof was defined as 57.1% by volume (not used anymore). In the US, 100 proof means that the alcohol content is 50% of the total volume of the liquid, and thus, absolute alcohol would be 200 proof.
- Used in proving or testing; as, a proof load, or proofcharge.
- Firm or successful in resisting; as, proof against harm; waterproof; bombproof.
- I ... have found thee Proof against all temptation. -.
- This was a good, stout proof article of faith. -.
- Being of a certain standard as to strength; -- said of alcoholic liquors.
- To proofread.