- proof
- [[t]pru͟ːf[/t]]
*♦♦♦***proofs**1)*N-VAR:**oft N of*__n__, N__that__**Proof**is a fact, argument, or piece of evidence which shows that something is definitely true or definitely exists.You have to have proof of residence in the state of Texas, such as a Texas ID card...

This is not necessarily proof that he is wrong...

Economists have been concerned with establishing proofs for their arguments.

2)*N-COUNT:**usu*In publishing, the__pl__, oft N of__n__**proofs****of**a book, magazine, or article are a first copy of it that is printed so that mistakes can be corrected before more copies are printed and published.I'm correcting the proofs of the Spanish edition right now.

*ADJ:**ADJ*__n__**Proof**is also an adjective....an uncorrected proof copy of the book.

3)*ADJ:*__amount__ADJ**Proof**is used after a number of degrees or a percentage, when indicating the strength of a strong alcoholic drink such as whisky....a glass of Wild Turkey bourbon: 101 degrees proof.

4)*ADJ:*__v-link__ADJ against__n__**proof against**a particular thing, they cannot be damaged, harmed, or affected by it. [WRITTEN]The fortress was proof against the techniques of attack then in use...

His papers were proof against all but the most expert of scrutinies.

5)*PHRASE:**usu*If you say that someone is__v-link__PHR, oft PHR__that__, PHR of__n__**living proof****of**something, you mean that their actions or personal qualities show that a particular fact is true or that a particular quality exists.He is living proof that some players just get better with age.

6)*PHRASE:**usu*To be__v-link__PHR, oft PHR__that__, PHR of__n__**proof positive****of**a particular fact or quality means to be evidence that it is true or that it exists. [FORMAL]The Windermere Golf Club is proof positive that golf and ecology can co-exist in perfect harmony.

*English dictionary.
2008.*