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Artist's proof

  • a very early proof impression of an engraving, or the like; often distinguished by the artist's signature.
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bead proof

Bead" proof`
Definitions
  1. Among distillers, a certain degree of strength in alcoholic liquor, as formerly ascertained by the floating or sinking of glass globules of different specific gravities thrown into it; now ascertained by more accurate meters.
  2. A degree of strength in alcoholic liquor as shown by beads or small bubbles remaining on its surface, or at the side of the glass, when shaken.
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bullet-proof

Bul"let-proof` adjective
Definitions
  1. Capable of resisting the force of a bullet.
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Burden of proof

  • noun the duty of proving a disputed charge
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  • L. onus probandi (Law), the duty of proving a particular position in a court of law, a failure in the performance of which duty calls for judgment against the party on whom the duty is imposed.
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Cannon proof

  • impenetrable by cannon balls.
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child-proof

  • verb make safe against children
    childproof.
    • childproof the apartment
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Counter proof

  • in engraving, a print taken off from another just printed, which, by being passed through the press, gives a copy in reverse, and of course in the same position as that of plate from which the first was printed, the object being to enable the engraver to inspect the state of the plate.
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damp-proof course

  • noun a course of some impermeable material laid in the foundation walls of building near the ground to prevent dampness from rising into the building
    damp course.
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Foul proof

  • an uncorrected proof; a proof containing an excessive quantity of errors.
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foundry proof

  • noun a proof taken from a form before duplicate plates are made
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galley proof

  • noun a proof taken before the type is broken up to print pages
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goof-proof

  • verb proof against human misuse or error
    goofproof; foolproof.
    • foolproof this appliance
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high-proof

High"-proof` adjective
Definitions
  1. Highly rectified; very strongly alcoholic; as, high-proof spirits.
  2. So as to stand any test. "We are high-proof melancholy." Shak.
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India proof

  • (Engraving), a proof impression from an engraved plate, taken on India paper.
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ladder-proof

  • adjective satellite (of hosiery) resistant to runs or (in Britain) ladders
    runproof; run-resistant.
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logical proof

  • noun proof of a logical theorem
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mathematical proof

  • noun proof of a mathematical theorem
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plot-proof

Plot"-proof` adjective
Definitions
  1. Secure against harm by plots. Shak.
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Proof charge

  • (Firearms), a charge of powder and ball, greater than the service charge, fired in an arm, as a gun or cannon, to test its strength.
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proof coin or proof

  • a coin which has been specially struck, to produce the finest specimen of its type. Usually such coins are double-struck from polished dies, and the raised features are sometimes frosted. They thus have sharper features and more mirror-like fields than production coins (i.e. those coins struck for circulation); they are considered by coin collectors as the most desirable specimens of each coin, and usually sell at a premium to their corresponding production coins.
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Proof impression

  • . See under Impression.
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Proof load

  • (Engin.), the greatest load than can be applied to a piece, as a beam, column, etc., without straining the piece beyond the elastic limit.
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Proof reader

  • one who reads, and marks correction in, proofs. See def. 5, above.
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Proof sheet

  • . See Proof, n., 5.
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Proof spirit

  • noun a mixture containing half alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit
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  • (Chem.), a strong distilled liquor, or mixture of alcohol and water, containing not less than a standard amount of alcohol. In the United States "proof spirit is defined by law to be that mixture of alcohol and water which contains one half of its volume of alcohol, the alcohol when at a temperature of 60° Fahrenheit being of specific gravity 0.7939 referred to water at its maximum density as unity. Proof spirit has at 60° Fahrenheit a specific gravity of 0.93353, 100 parts by volume of the same consisting of 50 parts of absolute alcohol and 53.71 parts of water," the apparent excess of water being due to contraction of the liquids on mixture. In England proof spirit is defined by Act 58, George III., to be such as shall at a temperature of 51° Fahrenheit weigh exactly the 1213 part of an equal measure of distilled water. This contains 49.3 per cent by weight, or 57.09 by volume, of alcohol. Stronger spirits, as those of about 60, 70, and 80 per cent of alcohol, are sometimes called second, third, and fourth proof spirits respectively.
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Proof staff

  • a straight-edge used by millers to test the flatness of a stone.
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Proof stick

  • (Sugar Manuf.), a rod in the side of a vacuum pan, for testing the consistency of the sirup.
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Proof text

  • a passage of Scripture used to prove a doctrine.
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proof-arm

Proof`-arm" transitive verb
Definitions
  1. To arm with proof armor; to arm securely; as, to proof-arm herself. R. Beau. & Fl.
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proof-proof

Proof"-proof` adjective
Definitions
  1. Proof against proofs; obstinate in the wrong. "That might have shown to any one who was not proof-proof." Whateley.
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shame-proof

Shame"-proof` noun
Definitions
  1. Shameless. Shak.
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shot-proof

Shot"-proof` adjective
Definitions
  1. Impenetrable by shot.
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Skeleton proof

  • a proof of a print or engraving, with the inscription outlined in hair strokes only, such proofs being taken before the engraving is finished.
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