proof [pro͞of]
[ME profe < OFr prueve < LL proba < L probare: see PROBE]
1. the act or process of proving; a testing or trying of something
2. anything serving or tending to establish the truth of something, or to convince one of its truth; conclusive evidence
3. the establishment of the truth of something [to work on the proof of a theory]
4. a test or trial of the truth, worth, quality, etc. of something [the proof of the pudding is in the eating]
5. the quality or condition of having been tested or proved
6. Obs. tested or proved strength, as of armor
a) the relative strength of an alcoholic liquor with reference to the arbitrary standard for proof spirit
b) this standard, taken as 100 proof: see
9. Engraving a trial impression taken from a plate, block, or stone
10. Law all the facts, admissions, and conclusions drawn from evidence which together operate to determine a verdict or judgment
11. Math. a process for checking the correctness of a computation, as, in a subtraction problem, by adding the difference to the subtrahend to get the minuend
12. Numismatics any of a limited number of coins of a new issue, struck with special care
13. Photog. a trial print of a negative
14. Printing an impression of composed type taken for checking errors and making changes
1. of tested and proved strength
2. impervious or invulnerable to; able to resist, withstand, etc.: with against [proof against criticism]
3. used in proving or testing
4. of standard strength: said of alcoholic liquors
1. to make a proof of
2. to make resistant or impervious to something
3. short for PROOFREAD
SYN.- PROOF, as compared here, applies to facts, documents, etc. that are so certain or convincing as to demonstrate the validity of a conclusion beyond reasonable doubt; EVIDENCE applies to something presented before a court, as a witness's statement, an object, etc., which bears on or establishes a fact; TESTIMONY applies to verbal evidence given by a witness under oath; EXHIBIT applies to a document or object produced as evidence in a court

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