2. [syn: omen, portent, presage, prognostic, prognostication, prodigy]
3. an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality;
- Example: "the Marines are expected to perform prodigies of valor"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Prodigy \Prod"i*gy\, n.; pl. Prodigies. [ L. prodigium; pro
before + (perh.) a word appearing in adagium adage: cf. F.
prodige. Cf. Adage. ]
1. Something extraordinary, or out of the usual course of
nature, from which omens are drawn; a portent; as,
eclipses and meteors were anciently deemed prodigies.
So many terrors, voices, prodigies,
May warn thee, as a sure foregoing sign. --Milton.
2. Anything so extraordinary as to excite wonder or
astonishment; a marvel; as, a prodigy of learning.
3. A production out of ordinary course of nature; an abnormal
development; a monster. --B. Jonson.
Syn: Wonder; miracle; portent; marvel; monster.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone
whose talents excite wonder and admiration; "she is a chess
2: a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen
before going into battle" [syn: omen, portent, presage,
prognostic, prognostication, prodigy]
3: an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality;
"the Marines are expected to perform prodigies of valor"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
92 Moby Thesaurus words for "prodigy":
A per se, abnormality, ace, amazement, anomaly, astonishing thing,
astonishment, boss, brain, champion, chief, child prodigy,
commander, conversation piece, crackerjack, curio, curiosity, dean,
enchantment, exception, fantasy, ferlie, first-rater, fugleman,
gazingstock, genius, gifted child, gifted person, good hand, great,
head, higher-up, improbability, intellect, intellectual genius,
intellectual prodigy, laureate, leader, leading light, luminary,
magician, mahatma, man of genius, man of parts, marvel, marvelment,
master, master hand, mastermind, mental genius, mental giant,
miracle, museum piece, natural, nonesuch, nonpareil, oddity,
paragon, past master, phenomenon, practiced hand, principal,
prodigiosity, quite a thing, rarity, ruler, sage, senior,
sensation, sight, sign, skilled hand, something else, spectacle,
star, strange thing, stunner, superior, superman, superstar,
talent, the greatest, the most, top dog, topnotcher, virtuoso,
whiz, wizard, wonder, wonderful thing, wonderment, wonderwork
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
A commercial on-line conferencing service,
co-developed by IBM and Sears, Roebuck, Inc.
Prodigy's main competitors are AOL and Compuserve.