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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Prize \Prize\ (pr[imac]z), n. [F. prise a seizing, hold, grasp,
fr. pris, p. p. of prendre to take, L. prendere, prehendere;
in some senses, as 2
(b), either from, or influenced by, F. prix price. See
Prison, Prehensile, and cf. Pry, and also Price.]
1. That which is taken from another; something captured; a
thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.
I will depart my pris, or my prey, by deliberation.
His own prize,
Whom formerly he had in battle won. --Spenser.
2. Hence, specifically;
(a) (Law) Anything captured by a belligerent using the
rights of war; esp., property captured at sea in
virtue of the rights of war, as a vessel. --Kent.
--Brande & C.
(b) An honor or reward striven for in a competitive
contest; anything offered to be competed for, or as an
inducement to, or reward of, effort.
I'll never wrestle for prize more. --Shak.
I fought and conquered, yet have lost the prize.
(c) That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.
3. Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus. --Phil. iii.
4. A contest for a reward; competition. [Obs.] --Shak.
5. A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever. [Written also
Prize court, a court having jurisdiction of all captures
made in war on the high seas. --Bouvier.
Prize fight, an exhibition contest, esp. one of pugilists,
for a stake or wager.
Prize fighter, one who fights publicly for a reward; --
applied esp. to a professional boxer or pugilist. --Pope.
Prize fighting, fighting, especially boxing, in public for
a reward or wager.
Prize master, an officer put in charge or command of a
Prize medal, a medal given as a prize.
Prize money, a dividend from the proceeds of a captured
vessel, etc., paid to the captors.
Prize ring, the ring or inclosure for a prize fight; the
system and practice of prize fighting.
To make prize of, to capture. --Hawthorne.
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