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(n.) A Roman officer who controlled or superintended a particular command, charge, department, etc.; as, the prefect of the aqueducts; the prefect of a camp, of a fleet, of the city guard, of provisions; the pretorian prefect, who was commander of the troops guarding the emperor's person.
(n.) A superintendent of a department who has control of its police establishment, together with extensive powers of municipal regulation.
(n.) In the Greek and Roman Catholic churches, a title of certain dignitaries below the rank of bishop.


(v. i.) To discourse publicly; to lecture.
(v. t.) To read publicly, as a lecture or discourse.


(n.) The place from which a thing projects, or starts forth.
(n.) That which is projected or designed; something intended or devised; a scheme; a design; a plan.
(n.) An idle scheme; an impracticable design; as, a man given to projects.
(v. i.) To shoot forward; to extend beyond something else; to be prominent; to jut; as, the cornice projects; branches project from the tree.
(v. i.) To form a project; to scheme.
(v. t.) To throw or cast forward; to shoot forth.
(v. t.) To cast forward or revolve in the mind; to contrive; to devise; to scheme; as, to project a plan.
(v. t.) To draw or exhibit, as the form of anything; to delineate; as, to project a sphere, a map, an ellipse, and the like; -- sometimes with on, upon, into, etc.; as, to project a line or point upon a plane. See Projection, 4.


(v. t.) To cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety; as, a father protects his children.


(a.) Carried forward; advanced.