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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 prov·erb /ˈprɑˌvɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Prov·erb n.
 1. An old and common saying; a phrase which is often repeated; especially, a sentence which briefly and forcibly expresses some practical truth, or the result of experience and observation; a maxim; a saw; an adage.
 2. A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable.
    His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.   --John xvi. 29.
 3. A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference.
    Thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a by word, among all nations.   --Deut. xxviii. 37.
 4. A drama exemplifying a proverb.
 Book of Proverbs, a canonical book of the Old Testament, containing a great variety of wise maxims.
 Syn: -- Maxim; aphorism; apothegm; adage; saw.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Prov·erb, v. t.
 1. To name in, or as, a proverb. [R.]
    Am I not sung and proverbed for a fool ?   --Milton.
 2. To provide with a proverb. [R.]
    I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase.   --Shak.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Prov·erb, v. i. To write or utter proverbs. [R.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important
          fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
          [syn: adage, saw, byword]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    a trite maxim; a similitude; a parable. The Hebrew word thus
    rendered (mashal) has a wide signification. It comes from a root
    meaning "to be like," "parable." Rendered "proverb" in Isa.
    14:4; Hab. 2:6; "dark saying" in Ps. 49:4, Num. 12:8. Ahab's
    defiant words in answer to the insolent demands of Benhadad,
    "Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he
    that putteth it off," is a well known instance of a proverbial
    saying (1 Kings 20:11).