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  • protoplanet (astronomy)

    Protoplanet, in astronomical theory, a hypothetical eddy in a whirling cloud of gas or dust that becomes a planet by condensation during formation of a solar system. As the central body, or protostar, of the system contracts and heats up, the increasing pressure of its radiation is believed to

  • protoplanetary disk (astronomy)

    Oort cloud: …the outer part of the protoplanetary disk and were then scattered far away by the gravity of the incipient giant planets. How far the Oort cloud extends into space is not known, although Marsden’s results suggest that it is almost empty beyond 50,000 AU, which is about one-fifth of the…

  • protoplasm (biology)

    Protoplasm, the cytoplasm and nucleus of a cell. The term was first defined in 1835 as the ground substance of living material and, hence, responsible for all living processes. Advocates of the protoplasm concept implied that cells were either fragments or containers of protoplasm. The weakness of

  • protoplasmic astrocyte (biology)

    astrocyte: Unlike fibrous astrocytes, protoplasmic astrocytes occur in the gray matter of the central nervous system. They have fewer fibrils within their cytoplasm, and cytoplasmic organelles are sparse, so that the somata are shaped by surrounding neurons and fibres. The processes of protoplasmic astrocytes also make contact with capillaries

  • protoplasmic streaming (biology)

    Cytoplasmic streaming, the movement of the fluid substance (cytoplasm) within a plant or animal cell. The motion transports nutrients, proteins, and organelles within cells. First discovered in the 1830s, the presence of cytoplasmic streaming helped convince biologists that cells were the

  • protoplast (biology)

    cell: The plant cell wall: …functions include: (1) providing the protoplast, or living cell, with mechanical protection and a chemically buffered environment, (2) providing a porous medium for the circulation and distribution of water, minerals, and other small nutrient molecules, (3) providing rigid building blocks from which stable structures of higher order, such as leaves…

  • protopod (invertebrate anatomy)

    crustacean: Appendages: …has a basal part, or protopodite, bearing two branches, an inner endopodite and an outer exopodite. The protopodite can vary greatly in its development and may have additional lobes on both its inner and outer margin, called, respectively, endites and exites. The walking legs of many malacostracans have become uniramous…

  • protopodite (invertebrate anatomy)

    crustacean: Appendages: …has a basal part, or protopodite, bearing two branches, an inner endopodite and an outer exopodite. The protopodite can vary greatly in its development and may have additional lobes on both its inner and outer margin, called, respectively, endites and exites. The walking legs of many malacostracans have become uniramous…

  • Protopopov, Aleksandr Dmitriyevich (Russian statesman)

    Aleksandr Dmitriyevich Protopopov, Russian statesman who was imperial Russia’s last minister of the interior (1916–17). A landowner and industrialist, Protopopov was elected a delegate from Simbirsk (now Ulyanovsk) province to the third Duma (Russian legislature) in 1907 and joined the left wing of

  • Protopopov, Oleg (Russian figure skater)

    Oleg Protopopov and Lyudmila Belousova: Protopopov and Belousova began skating at age 15 and 16, respectively, rather late for serious skaters. They met in 1954 (when he had completed his service in the Soviet navy), began to skate together, and married in 1957. They entered their first world championships in…

  • Protopopov, Oleg Alekseyevich (Russian figure skater)

    Oleg Protopopov and Lyudmila Belousova: Protopopov and Belousova began skating at age 15 and 16, respectively, rather late for serious skaters. They met in 1954 (when he had completed his service in the Soviet navy), began to skate together, and married in 1957. They entered their first world championships in…

  • Protopopov, Oleg Alekseyevich (Russian figure skater)

    Oleg Protopopov and Lyudmila Belousova: Protopopov and Belousova began skating at age 15 and 16, respectively, rather late for serious skaters. They met in 1954 (when he had completed his service in the Soviet navy), began to skate together, and married in 1957. They entered their first world championships in…

  • Protopopovs, the (Russian figure skaters)

    Oleg Protopopov and Lyudmila Belousova, Russian-born figure skaters who twice won gold medals in pairs at the Olympic Winter Games (1964, in Innsbruck, Austria, and 1968, in Grenoble, France). Protopopov and Belousova began skating at age 15 and 16, respectively, rather late for serious skaters.

  • Protopteridae (fish family)

    lungfish: Annotated classification: Family Protopteridae 5 gill clefts; body length to 1.8 metres (about 6 feet). 1 genus (Protopterus), 4 living species. Some writers assign Dipnoi to the ordinal level, subsuming several families—mostly extinct—within that order.

  • Protopteridales (order of preferns)

    prefern: …the prefern group are the Protopteridales and Coenopteridales.

  • Protopteridium (prefern)

    prefern: Their members include Protopteridium, which, like certain psilophytes, had leafless lower branches, and Aneurophyton, which was a fernlike tree at least 6 m (20 feet) tall. The Coenopteridales were a large group of ferns or fernlike plants that displayed a variety of growth forms, such as creeping stems…

  • Protopterus (fish)

    dormancy: Fishes and amphibians: Lungfishes, as represented by the African lungfish (Protopterus), burrow deeply into the mud when their water supply is diminished. They surround themselves with a cocoon of slime and remain inactive. Their gills are nonfunctional during this period of dormancy, and they use a lunglike air bladder for respiratory purposes. They…

  • Protopterus aethiopicus (fish)

    lungfish: Behaviour and ecology: The Ethiopian lungfish, Protopterus aethiopicus, has at the front of the upper jaw two rather rounded teeth with a hard transverse (from side to side) bridge. The lower jaw has a number of crushing teeth. The prey is sucked in, crushed, and thoroughly chewed; such a…

  • protorosaur (fossil reptile)

    Permian Period: Emergence of important reptiles: …certain locations and include the protorosaurs, aquatic reptiles ancestral to archosaurs (dinosaurs, crocodiles, and birds); the captorhinomorphs, “stem reptiles” from which most other reptiles are thought to have evolved; eosuchians, early ancestors of the snakes and lizards; early anapsids, ancestors of turtles; early archosaurs, ancestors of the large

  • protosome (beard worm anatomy)

    beard worm: Form and function: …small anterior regions are called protosome and mesosome; the long trunk section is called the metasome. Each segment has its own coelom. The small protosome bears tentacles. The mesosome contains a structure known as a bridle, also called a frenulum, a pair of oblique cuticular ridges that extend backward to…

  • protostar (astronomy)

    star: Stellar activity and mass loss: …be associated with objects called protostars, which are huge gas balls that have not yet become full-fledged stars in which energy is provided by nuclear reactions (see below Star formation and evolution). Radio and infrared observations of deuterium (heavy hydrogen) and carbon monoxide (CO) molecules in the Orion

  • Protostegidae (fossil turtle family)

    turtle: Origin and evolution: …is a member of the Protostegidae, a likely sister group of modern leatherback sea turtles. S. gaffneyi had a streamlined shell of about 1.5 metres (5 feet) and forelimbs well along the evolutionary path to becoming flippers.

  • protostele (plant anatomy)

    vascular system: The protostele has a solid xylem core; the siphonostele has an open core or one filled with generalized tissue called pith. The discontinuous vascular system of monocots (e.g., grasses) consists of scattered vascular bundles; the continuous vascular system of dicots (e.g., roses) surrounds the central pith.

  • protostome (animal group)

    Protostomia, group of animals—including the arthropods (e.g., insects, crabs), mollusks (clams, snails), annelid worms, and some other groups—classified together largely on the basis of embryological development. The mouth of the Protostomia (proto, “first”; stoma, “mouth”) develops from the first

  • Protostomia (animal group)

    Protostomia, group of animals—including the arthropods (e.g., insects, crabs), mollusks (clams, snails), annelid worms, and some other groups—classified together largely on the basis of embryological development. The mouth of the Protostomia (proto, “first”; stoma, “mouth”) develops from the first

  • protostyle (biology)

    mollusk: The digestive system: …food-laden mucous mass called a protostyle, which abuts a chitinous area of epithelium in the stomach. Usually found within the style sac is a rod, called the crystalline style. The protostyle or the crystalline style are fully retained in the bivalves and gastropods that subsist on small microorganisms and detritus.…

  • Protosuchia (fossil reptile suborder)

    crocodile: Annotated classification: †Suborder Protosuchia Upper Triassic; muzzle very short; choanae (internal nostrils) in region of palatine bones. †Suborder Mesosuchia Jurassic to Upper Cretaceous; choanae in posterior part of palatine bones. †Suborder Sebecosuchia Upper Cretaceous to Miocene; skull

  • Prototaxites (fossil plantlike organism)

    fungus: Evolution and phylogeny of fungi: …terrestrial plantlike fossils known, called Prototaxites, which were common in all parts of the world throughout the Devonian Period (419.2 million to 358.9 million years ago), are interpreted as large saprotrophic fungi (possibly even Basidiomycota). Fossils of Tortotubus protuberans, a filamentous fungus, date to the early Silurian Period (440 million…

  • Prototheca (genus of green algae)

    algae: Toxicity: …by the chloroplast-lacking green alga, Prototheca, can result in waterlogged skin lesions, in which the pathogen grows. Prototheca organisms may eventually spread to the lymph glands from these subcutaneous lesions. Prototheca is also believed to be responsible for ulcerative dermatitis in the platypus. Very rarely, similar infections in humans and…

  • protothecosis (pathology)

    algae: Toxicity: Protothecosis, caused by the chloroplast-lacking green alga, Prototheca, can result in waterlogged skin lesions, in which the pathogen grows. Prototheca organisms may eventually spread to the lymph glands from these subcutaneous lesions. Prototheca is also believed to be responsible for ulcerative dermatitis in the platypus.…

  • Prototheria (mammal subclass)

    vertebrate: Annotated classification: Subclass Prototheria Primitive; egg-laying; hair; mammary glands without nipples; pectoral girdle; separate oviducts that open into cloacal chamber that is shared with excretory ducts; oviparous. Subclass Theria Mammary glands with nipples; functional teeth; oviducts partly fused; with or without a cloaca; uterus and vagina; viviparous.(Ed.)

  • protothetic (logic)

    Stanisław Leśniewski: Major work in logic: …derived from the Greek, of protothetic, ontology, and mereology (q.v.). The logical basis of the whole theory, and hence its name (prōtos, “first”), is provided by protothetic, which is the most comprehensive theory yet developed of the relations between propositions. The other two systems are based on a distinction the…

  • prototype (design)

    aerospace engineering: Aerospace engineering functions: …phase, involves construction of a prototype. Mechanical engineers, technicians, and draftsmen help lay out the drawings necessary to construct each component. Full-scale mock-ups are built of cardboard, wood, or other inexpensive materials to aid in the subsystem layout. Subsystem components are built and bench-tested, and additional wind-tunnel testing is performed.…

  • prototype model (computer simulation)

    3D printing: …turning out plastic or metal prototypes during the design of new parts, though it also can be put to use in making final products for sale to customers. Objects made in 3D printing range from plastic figurines and mold patterns to steel machine parts and titanium surgical implants. An entire…

  • Protoxerus (rodent)

    squirrel: Natural history: …squirrels (genus Ratufa) and the African giant squirrels (genus Protoxerus), rarely descend from the high canopy. Others, like the pygmy squirrel of Sulawesi (Prosciurillus murinus), travel and forage at intermediate levels between ground and canopy. Some large tropical squirrels, such as the Sulawesi giant squirrel (Rubrisciurus rubriventer) and the northern…

  • Protozoa (microorganism)

    Protozoan, organism, usually single-celled and heterotrophic (using organic carbon as a source of energy), belonging to any of the major lineages of protists and, like most protists, typically microscopic. All protozoans are eukaryotes and therefore possess a “true,” or membrane-bound, nucleus.

  • protozoacidal drug

    Antiprotozoal drug, any agent that kills or inhibits the growth of organisms known as protozoans. Protozoans cause a variety of diseases, including malaria and Chagas’ disease. While protozoans typically are microscopic, they are similar to plants and animals in that they are eukaryotes and thus

  • protozoal disease

    Protozoal disease, disease caused by protozoans. These organisms may remain in the human host for their entire life cycle, but many carry out part of their reproductive cycle in insects or other hosts. For example, mosquitoes are vectors of plasmodium, the cause of malaria. See also entamoeba;

  • protozoan (microorganism)

    Protozoan, organism, usually single-celled and heterotrophic (using organic carbon as a source of energy), belonging to any of the major lineages of protists and, like most protists, typically microscopic. All protozoans are eukaryotes and therefore possess a “true,” or membrane-bound, nucleus.

  • protozoology

    Protozoology, the study of protozoans. The science had its beginnings in the latter half of the 17th century when Antonie van Leeuwenhoek of the Netherlands first observed protozoans by means of his invention, the microscope. Protozoans are common, and they are of particular interest to man

  • protractor (measurement instrument)

    Protractor, any of a group of instruments used to construct and measure plane angles. The simplest protractor comprises a semicircular disk graduated in degrees—from 0° to 180°. It is an ancient device that was already in use during the 13th century. At that time, European instrument makers

  • Protrepticus (work by Aristotle)

    Aristotle: The Academy: Another youthful work, the Protrepticus (“Exhortation”), has been reconstructed by modern scholars from quotations in various works from late antiquity. Everyone must do philosophy, Aristotle claims, because even arguing against the practice of philosophy is itself a form of philosophizing. The best form of philosophy is the contemplation of…

  • Protrepticus (work by Iamblichus)

    Sophist: Writings: …discussion of law in the Protrepticus, or “Exhortation to Philosophy,” by the 3rd-century-ce Syrian Neoplatonist Iamblichus, and the so-called Dissoi logoi found in the manuscripts of Sextus Empiricus (3rd century ce). This evidence suggests that while most later writers took their

  • Protreptikos (work by Clement of Alexandria)

    Christianity: Characteristics of Christian myth and legend: , in his Protreptikos [“Exhortation”]) and other Church Fathers roundly condemned the belief that Greek myths might be autonomous sources of truth. In spite of its ambiguous use of mythic symbols and themes, the history of Christian doctrine, from its origins to the present day, testifies to the…

  • protruded disk

    Herniated disk, displacement of part of the rubbery centre, or nucleus, of a cartilaginous disk from between the vertebrae so that it presses against the spinal cord. Pain occurs in the arms if the protrusion occurs at the level of the neck (between the fifth and sixth or sixth and seventh cervical

  • Protungulatum (fossil mammal genus)
  • Protura (arthropod)

    Proturan, any of a group of about 800 species of minute (0.5 to 2 mm [0.02 to 0.08 inch]), pale, wingless, blind, primitive insects that live in damp humus and soil and feed on decaying organic matter. Proturans, also known as telsontails, include some of the most primitive hexapods (i.e., animals

  • proturan (arthropod)

    Proturan, any of a group of about 800 species of minute (0.5 to 2 mm [0.02 to 0.08 inch]), pale, wingless, blind, primitive insects that live in damp humus and soil and feed on decaying organic matter. Proturans, also known as telsontails, include some of the most primitive hexapods (i.e., animals

  • Proud Mary (song by Fogerty)

    Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Proud Mary,” a mythic journey down the Mississippi River of Fogerty’s imagination, was an instant international hit.

  • Proud Tower, or A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, The (work by Tuchman)

    Barbara Tuchman: Tuchman’s next book, The Proud Tower (1966), subtitled A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890–1914, was a survey of European and American society, culture, and politics in the 1890s. She was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45 (1970).…

  • Proud, Joseph (British minister)

    Joseph Proud, English Swedenborgian minister and hymn writer who possessed considerable gifts as a preacher. The son of a General Baptist minister, Proud served Baptist churches at Knipton, Fleet, and Norwich before in 1788 openly adopting the views of Emanuel Swedenborg. As a minister of the

  • Proudhon, Pierre-Joseph (French philosopher)

    Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French libertarian socialist and journalist whose doctrines became the basis for later radical and anarchist theory. Proudhon was born into poverty as the son of a feckless cooper and tavern keeper, and at the age of nine he worked as a cowherd in the Jura Mountains.

  • Proudian, Derek (American executive)

    Zip2: Sorkin was replaced by Derek Proudian. In 1999 Compaq Computer Corp. purchased Zip2 for $307 million, and Zip2 became a unit of the search engine AltaVista, which Compaq had recently acquired. Zip2’s online city guides added local breadth to AltaVista’s features.

  • Proudman, Joseph (British oceanographer)

    Joseph Proudman, British oceanographer known for his contribution to the Taylor–Proudman theorem of the dynamics of rotating fluids. He directed much of his attention to research on tides, turbulence, temperature, and salinity of the Irish Sea and storm

  • Proulx, E. Annie (American author)

    E. Annie Proulx, American writer whose darkly comic yet sad fiction is peopled with quirky, memorable individuals and unconventional families. Proulx traveled widely, extensively researching physical backgrounds and locales. She frequently used regional speech patterns, surprising and scathing

  • Proulx, Edna Annie (American author)

    E. Annie Proulx, American writer whose darkly comic yet sad fiction is peopled with quirky, memorable individuals and unconventional families. Proulx traveled widely, extensively researching physical backgrounds and locales. She frequently used regional speech patterns, surprising and scathing

  • Proulx, Tom (American entrepreneur)

    Intuit Inc.: …American entrepreneurs Scott Cook and Tom Proulx. The company headquarters is in Mountain View, Calif.

  • Prouskouriakoff, Tatiana (American scholar)

    Mayan hieroglyphic writing: Two years later Tatiana Prouskouriakoff established that the inscriptions were primarily historical: they recorded events in the lives of Mayan rulers and their families. The work of these three scholars constituted a revolution in Mayan studies, and in succeeding decades the decipherment of the writing proceeded at an…

  • Proust’s law (chemistry)

    Law of definite proportions, statement that every chemical compound contains fixed and constant proportions (by mass) of its constituent elements. Although many experimenters had long assumed the truth of the principle in general, the French chemist Joseph-Louis Proust first accumulated conclusive

  • Proust, Joseph-Louis (French chemist)

    Joseph-Louis Proust, French chemist who proved that the relative quantities of any given pure chemical compound’s constituent elements remain invariant, regardless of the compound’s source. This is known as Proust’s law, or the law of definite proportions (1793), and it is the fundamental principle

  • Proust, Luis (French chemist)

    Joseph-Louis Proust, French chemist who proved that the relative quantities of any given pure chemical compound’s constituent elements remain invariant, regardless of the compound’s source. This is known as Proust’s law, or the law of definite proportions (1793), and it is the fundamental principle

  • Proust, Marcel (French writer)

    Marcel Proust, French novelist, author of À la recherche du temps perdu (1913–27; In Search of Lost Time), a seven-volume novel based on Proust’s life told psychologically and allegorically. Marcel was the son of Adrien Proust, an eminent physician of provincial French Catholic descent, and his

  • proustite (mineral)

    Proustite, a sulfosalt mineral, silver arsenic sulfide (Ag3AsS3), that is an important source of silver. Sometimes called ruby silver because of its scarlet-vermilion colour, it occurs in the upper portions of most silver veins, where it is less common than pyrargyrite. Large, magnificent

  • Prout’s hypothesis (chemistry)

    William Prout: …atomic weight of hydrogen (Prout’s hypothesis). This theory proved highly fruitful for later investigations of atomic weights, atomic theory, and the classification of the elements. Prout’s theory concerning the relative densities and weights of gases was in agreement with Avogadro’s law (1811), which was not generally accepted until the…

  • Prout, William (British chemist)

    William Prout, English chemist and biochemist noted for his discoveries concerning digestion, metabolic chemistry, and atomic weights. The son of a tenant farmer, Prout graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1811 with a medical degree. Thereafter he practiced as a successful physician,

  • Prouvé, Jean (French engineer)

    Jean Prouvé, French engineer and builder known particularly for his contributions to the art and technology of prefabricated metal construction. Trained as a metalworker, Prouvé owned and operated from 1922 to 1954 a workshop for the manufacture of wrought-iron objects. He emphasized advanced

  • Prouville, Alexandre de, marquis de Tracy (French military commander)

    New France: …King sent a military commander, Alexandre de Prouville, the marquis de Tracy, and a regiment of soldiers who in 1666 defeated the Iroquois and forced them to make peace. It was then possible to proceed to populate and develop New France. More than 3,000 settlers, including girls of marriageable age,…

  • Prouvost, Jean (French publisher)

    Paris Match: Paris Match was acquired by Jean Prouvost, publisher of the daily Le Figaro, and he led the magazine to high prestige and financial success. Its ownership eventually passed, by the early 21st century, to the French conglomerate Lagardère. Paris Match appeals to a broad spectrum of the French people and…

  • Proval Bay (bay, Russia)

    Lake Baikal: …bay in Baikal known as Proval Bay.

  • Provalsky Steppe (nature reserve, Ukraine)

    Sverdlovsk: To the east lies the Provalsky Steppe, a reserve of natural steppe vegetation. The city was incorporated in 1938 following the amalgamation of several local mining settlements. Pop. (2001) 72,531; (2005 est.) 69,763.

  • Proven Innocent (American television series)

    Kelsey Grammer: …appeared in the legal drama Proven Innocent (2019– ), portraying a tough prosecutor.

  • provenance

    art fraud: Smuggling and provenance: …ownership of the work (called provenance) and the mention of the work in archival records. Genuine works of art appear in historical records and are owned by individuals, and one way to determine the authenticity of a work is to establish that kind of history. Marks of ownership, such as…

  • Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, The (play by Rankine)

    Claudia Rankine: …she was best known for The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, which was performed in September–October 2009 by New York City’s Foundry Theatre on a bus touring the South Bronx and was revived in 2011 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

  • Provencal language

    Occitan language: The name Provençal originally referred to the Occitan dialects of the Provence region and is used also to refer to the standardized medieval literary language and still-vigorous literary movement based on the dialect of Provence. Because of that long literary tradition, many in the Provence region still…

  • Provençal literature

    Provençal literature, the body of writings in the Occitan, or Provençal, language of Provence and neighbouring regions in southeastern France. Provençal literature flourished from the 11th to the 14th century, when its poetry reached rare heights of virtuosity and variety in its celebration of

  • Provence (region, France)

    Provence, historical and cultural region encompassing the southeastern French départements of Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and Var. It is roughly coextensive with the former province of Provence and with the present-day region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur (q.v.). With the

  • Provence Alps (mountains, France)

    Provence Alps, western spurs of the Maritime Alps in southeastern France, lying between the Dauphiné Alps (north), the Lower Rhône River (west), and the Mediterranean Sea (south). The coastal massifs of Maures and Estérel are considered part of the range. The mountains are dissected by valleys of

  • Provence, Alpes de (mountains, France)

    Provence Alps, western spurs of the Maritime Alps in southeastern France, lying between the Dauphiné Alps (north), the Lower Rhône River (west), and the Mediterranean Sea (south). The coastal massifs of Maures and Estérel are considered part of the range. The mountains are dissected by valleys of

  • Provence, France, 1955 (photograph by Erwitt)

    Elliott Erwitt: …identified as his, such as Provence, France, 1955, the image of a man, wearing a beret, riding his bicycle down the road ahead while perched on the back are two long baguettes and a child looking back at the photographer over his shoulder. In the 21st century, Erwitt’s reputation has…

  • Provence, Louis-Stanislas-Xavier, comte de (king of France)

    Louis XVIII, king of France by title from 1795 and in fact from 1814 to 1824, except for the interruption of the Hundred Days, during which Napoleon attempted to recapture his empire. Louis was the fourth son of the dauphin Louis, the son of Louis XV, and received the title comte de Provence; after

  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (region, France)

    Provence–Alpes–Côte d’Azur, région of France encompassing the southeastern départements of Alpes-Maritimes, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, and Vaucluse. Provence–Alpes–Côte d’Azur is bounded by the régions of Occitanie to the west and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes to the

  • Provence-Côte d’Azur (region, France)

    Provence–Alpes–Côte d’Azur, région of France encompassing the southeastern départements of Alpes-Maritimes, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, and Vaucluse. Provence–Alpes–Côte d’Azur is bounded by the régions of Occitanie to the west and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes to the

  • provendier (feudalism)

    primitive culture: European peasant society: These workers are called prebendal in English (French provendiers) because they were provisioned and housed at the master’s expense. The only difference between a prebendal worker and a slave was the freedom of the prebendal worker to leave if he was dissatisfied.

  • Provenge (medicine)

    prostate cancer: Treatment: …with an agent known as sipuleucel-T (Provenge), which is designed to activate the immune system to attack cancer cells. Sipuleucel-T was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010, becoming the first immunotherapeutic agent available for the treatment of prostate cancer. Sipuleucel-T is tailored specifically for each patient.…

  • Provenzano, Bernado (Italian mob boss)

    Bernardo Provenzano, Italian crime boss (born Jan. 31, 1933, Corleone, Sicily, Italy—died July 13, 2016, Milan, Italy), eluded capture by the authorities for 43 years and became head of the confederation of organized crime families in Sicily. Provenzano was thought to have joined the Mafia about

  • proverb (folk literature)

    Proverb, succinct and pithy saying in general use, expressing commonly held ideas and beliefs. Proverbs are part of every spoken language and are related to such other forms of folk literature as riddles and fables that have originated in oral tradition. Comparisons of proverbs found in various

  • Proverbios morales (work by Carrión de los Condes)

    caricature and cartoon: Spain: The “Proverbios” of 1813–19 are even more monumental transfigurations of various states of the human condition. Like the “Caprichos,” they used the caricaturist’s means for irony and satire, but there was little of the comic left in them and none at all in the “Desastres de…

  • proverbios, Los (prints by Goya y Lucientes)

    Francisco Goya: The Napoleonic invasion and period after the restoration: …Quinta del Sordo (1820–23) and Los proverbios or Los disparates, a series of etchings made at about the same time (though not published until 1864), are, on the other hand, nightmare visions in expressionist language that seem to reflect cynicism, pessimism, and despair.

  • Proverbs (Old Testament)

    The Proverbs, an Old Testament book of “wisdom” writing found in the third section of the Jewish canon, known as the Ketuvim, or Writings. The book’s superscription, “The proverbs of Solomon. . . ,” is not to say that it as a whole or even individual proverbs should be credited to King Solomon, for

  • Proverbs in Porcelain (work by Dobson)

    Austin Dobson: …Rhyme (1873), was followed by Proverbs in Porcelain (1877). In these and in At the Sign of the Lyre (1885), Dobson showed the polish, wit, and restrained pathos that made his verses popular. After 1885 Dobson was chiefly occupied with biographical and critical works: books on Henry Fielding, Thomas Bewick,…

  • Proverbs of Alfred, The (Middle English work)

    English literature: Influence of French poetry: The Proverbs of Alfred was written somewhat earlier, in the late 12th century; these proverbs deliver conventional wisdom in a mixture of rhymed couplets and alliterative lines, and it is hardly likely that any of the material they contain actually originated with the king whose…

  • Proverbs, The (Old Testament)

    The Proverbs, an Old Testament book of “wisdom” writing found in the third section of the Jewish canon, known as the Ketuvim, or Writings. The book’s superscription, “The proverbs of Solomon. . . ,” is not to say that it as a whole or even individual proverbs should be credited to King Solomon, for

  • Provide Comfort, Operation (United States military expedition)
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    Fairfax, city, seat (1779) of Fairfax county (though administratively independent of it), northeastern Virginia, U.S., about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Washington, D.C. It developed after 1799 with the construction of the county courthouse and relocation of the county seat from Alexandria. The

  • Providence (Maryland, United States)

    Annapolis, capital of the U.S. state of Maryland and seat of Anne Arundel county. The city lies along the Severn River at its mouth on Chesapeake Bay, 27 miles (43 km) southeast of Baltimore. Settled in 1649 as Providence by Virginian Puritans, it later was known as Town Land at Proctor’s and Anne

  • Providence (theology)

    Providence, the quality in divinity on which humankind bases the belief in a benevolent intervention in human affairs and the affairs of the world. The forms that this belief takes differ, depending on the context of the religion and the culture in which they function. In one view, the concept of

  • Providence (Rhode Island, United States)

    Providence, city, capital of Rhode Island, U.S. It lies in Providence county at the head of Narragansett Bay on the Providence River. A seaport and an industrial and commercial centre, it is the focus of a metropolitan area that includes Pawtucket, East Providence, Central Falls, Cranston, Warwick,

  • Providence (county, Rhode Island, United States)

    Providence, county, northern Rhode Island, U.S. It is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and the east, and Narragansett Bay to the southeast. The principal waterways are the Blackstone and Pawtuxet rivers. The historic city of Providence is the commercial, cultural, and

  • Providence (British ship)

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    Providence College, private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Providence, R.I., U.S. It is affiliated with the Dominican order of the Roman Catholic church. The college requires students to complete a core curriculum that includes history, philosophy, and religion courses, in

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