pro·found /prəˈfaʊnd, pro-/
1. Descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to a great depth; deep. “A gulf profound.”
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.”
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.
1. The deep; the sea; the ocean.
God in the fathomless profound
Hath all this choice commanders drowned. --Sandys.
2. An abyss.
Pro·found, v. t. To cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down. [Obs.]
Pro·found, v. i. To dive deeply; to penetrate. [Obs.]
adj 1: 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"
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"
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, 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: unfathomed, unplumbed, unsounded]