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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Profound \Pro*found"\, noun

1. The deep; the sea; the ocean.

God in the fathomless profound Hath all this choice commanders drowned. --Sandys.

2. An abyss. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Profound \Pro*found"\, verb (used with an object) To cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Profound \Pro*found"\, verb (used without an object) To dive deeply; to penetrate. [Obs.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Profound \Pro*found"\, adjective [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! --Duppa.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth; "the differences are profound"; "a profound insight"; "a profound book"; "a profound mind"; "profound contempt"; "profound regret" [ant: {superficial}]

2: of the greatest intensity; complete; "a profound silence"; "a state of profound shock"

3: 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" [syn: {fundamental}, {profound}]

4: coming from deep within one; "a profound sigh"

5: (of sleep) deep and complete; "a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep" [syn: {heavy}, {profound}, {sound}, {wakeless}]

6: 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" [syn: {profound}, {unfathomed}, {unplumbed}, {unsounded}]

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