proto

[p_ɹ_ˈəʊ_t_əʊ], [pɹˈə͡ʊtə͡ʊ], [pɹˈə‍ʊtə‍ʊ]

Antonyms for proto:

middle, late.


Definitions of proto:

  1.   ( combining form) indicating the first or earliest or original; "` proto' is a combining form in a word like ` protolanguage' that refers to the hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages" – Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2.   A combining form prefix signifying first, primary, primordial; as, protomartyr, the first martyr; protomorphic, primitive in form; protoplast, a primordial organism; prototype, protozoan. – Newage Dictionary DB
  3.   indicating the first or earliest or original; "` proto' is a combining form in a word like ` protolanguage' that refers to the hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4.   Sometimes used as equivalent to mono-, as indicating that the compound has but one atom of the element to the name of which it is prefixed. Also used adjectively. – Newage Dictionary DB
  5.   A prefix in words derived from Greek roots, denoting the first in a series or the highest in rank. – A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  6.   In chem., a prefix in many scientific compounds, denoting the first or smallest degree of a substance which combines with a base, as protoxide, the first or smallest proportion of oxygen; the first or earliest, as protogine; the earliest or lowest, as protozoa. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7.   Denoting the first or lowest of a series, or the one having the smallest amount of the element to the name of which it is prefixed; as protoxide, protochloride, etc. – Newage Dictionary DB
  8.   See prot. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for proto:

  1. Thus treated, it bears a certain family likeness to the Doric column; and one understands how Jomard and Champollion, in the first ardour of discovery, were tempted to give it the scarcely justifiable name of " proto Doric." ” – Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
  2. Assume that the diameter of the missing planet was 20, 000 miles; that its solid crust was a thousand miles thick; that under this came a shell of molten metallic matter which was another thousand miles thick; and that the space, 16, 000 miles in diameter, within this, was occupied by the equally dense mass of gases above the " critical point", which, entering into a proto chemical combination, caused the destroying explosion. ” – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  3. “ For instance, a whole chapter has been added to Egyptian history by the discovery of the Neolithic culture of the primitive Egyptians, while the recent excavations at Susa are revealing a hitherto totally unsuspected epoch of proto Elamite civilization. ” – History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery by L.W. King and H.R. Hall
  4. 56. What is the signification of Proto – 1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading by B. A. Hathaway
  5. It had meant something else then, but the proto language of the Hirlaji had no precise meanings; given by itself, it seemed to mean precisely what it said. ” – Warlord of Kor by Terry Gene Carr
  6. And Adam Trehearne, who'll be here shortly, collects pistols and a few long- arms in wheel lock, proto flintlock and early flintlock, to 1700. And Philip Cabot collects U. S. Martials, flintlock to automatic, and also enemy and Allied Army weapons from all our wars. ” – Murder in the Gunroom by Henry Beam Piper
  7. The diverse proto historic populations, Gauls, Franks, Burgundians, and Merovingians, considered together, present a stature slightly superior to that of the French of the present day, but not so much so as the accounts of the historians would have led us to believe. ” – A Philological Essay Concerning the Pygmies of the Ancients by Edward Tyson
  8. The oxygen of the atmosphere also unites with certain minerals, such as the proto salts of iron, and converts them into peroxides. ” – Geology by James Geikie
  9. It is important, then, that I should examine more closely the Proto Egyptian body of doctrine to elucidate the mutual influence of it and the ideas suggested by the practice of mummification. ” – The Evolution of the Dragon by G. Elliot Smith
  10. If, under some condition of pressure and temperature eventually reached, the components of this suddenly entered into one of those proto chemical combinations forming a new element, there might result an explosion capable of shattering the entire planet, and propelling its fragments in all directions with high velocities. ” – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  11. The entry of the nurse a moment since, with a proto stimulant on a tray, had let him out to tear down the stairs to the garden, rudely thrusting aside the noble owner of the house, out of bounds in a dressing- gown and able to defy Society. ” – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  12. Some, from a feeling of deep pity for the poor young girl who was to be almost the proto martyr of the new faith. ” – Mistress Margery by Emily Sarah Holt
  13. He was the proto martyr of the new world, and the story of his martyrdom and the early church in Tlaxcala, have been charmingly narrated by Mendieta. ” – In Indian Mexico (1908) by Frederick Starr
  14. The conquering race is that which is supposed to have been of Semitic or proto Semitic origin, and to have brought elements of Sumerian culture to savage Egypt. ” – History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery by L.W. King and H.R. Hall
  15. Amongst these four was Fray Luis Cancer, whose name was destined to be written in the list of the proto martyrs of the Catholic Church in America. ” – Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  16. Originally a strong and able defender of the Romish doctrines, he was chosen to argue with Patrick Hamilton, the proto martyr of the Reformation in Scotland, with the object of inducing him to recant. ” – A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin
  17. Just as in the first dawn of things, when the proto binary compounds of matter gave rise to new relations together with their appropriate laws, so throughout the whole process of evolution, as often as matter acquired a hitherto novel state, or in one of its old states entered into hitherto novel relations, so often would non- existent or even impossible laws become at once possible and necessary. ” – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  18. The proto salts of iron, as is well known to chemists, precipitate gold in the metallic state. ” – Photographic Reproduction Processes by P.C. Duchochois
  19. Such a shield to him was the faith of Stephen the proto martyr. ” – The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians by G. G. Findlay

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