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Meaning of PROFOUND

Pronunciation:  pru'fawnd

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  1. [adj]  situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed; "the profound depths of the sea"; "the dark unfathomed caves of ocean"-Thomas Gray; "unplumbed depths of the sea"; "remote and unsounded caverns"
  2. [adj]  (of sleep) deep and complete; "a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep"
  3. [adj]  coming from deep within one; "a profound sigh"
  4. [adj]  of the greatest intensity; complete; "a profound silence"; "a state of profound shock"
  5. [adj]  showing intellectual penetration or emotional depths; from the depths of your being; "the differences are profound"; "a profound insight"; "a profound book"; "a profound mind"; "profound contempt"; "profound regret"
  6. [adj]  far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something; "the fundamental revolution in human values that has occurred"; "the book underwent fundamental changes"; "committed the fundamental error of confusing spending with extravagance"; "profound social changes"

PROFOUND is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: deep, fundamental, heavy, important, intense, intimate, significant, sound, thoughtful, unfathomed, unplumbed, unsounded, wakeless
 Antonyms: superficial
 See Also: scholarly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pro*found"\, a. [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before,
    forward + fundus the bottom. See {Found} to establish,
    {Bottom} lowest part.]
    1. Descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to a
       great depth; deep. ``A gulf profound.'' --Milton.
    2. Intellectually deep; entering far into subjects; reaching
       to the bottom of a matter, or of a branch of learning;
       thorough; as, a profound investigation or treatise; a
       profound scholar; profound wisdom.
    3. Characterized by intensity; deeply felt; pervading;
       overmastering; far-reaching; strongly impressed; as, a
       profound sleep. ``Profound sciatica.'' --Shak.
             Of the profound corruption of this class there can
             be no doubt.                          --Milman.
    4. Bending low, exhibiting or expressing deep humility;
       lowly; submissive; as, a profound bow.
             What humble gestures! What profound reverence!
  2. \Pro*found"\, n.
    1. The deep; the sea; the ocean.
             God in the fathomless profound Hath all this choice
             commanders drowned.                   --Sandys.
    2. An abyss. --Milton.
  3. \Pro*found"\, v. t.
    To cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far
    down. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
  4. \Pro*found"\, v. i.
    To dive deeply; to penetrate. [Obs.]