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PROFOUND', adjective [Latin profundus; pro and fundus, bottom. See Found.]

1. Deep; descending or being far below the surface, or far below the adjacent places; as a gulf profound

2. Intellectually deep; that enters deeply into subjects; not superficial or obvious to the mind; as a profound investigation; profound reasoning; a profound treatise.

3. Humble; very lowly; submissive; as a profound reverence for the Supreme Being.

4. Penetrating deeply into science or any branch of learning; as a profound scholar; a profound mathematician; a profound historian.

5. Deep in skill or contrivance.

The revolters are profound to make slaughter. Hosea 5.

6. Having hidden qualities.

Upon the corner of the moon

There hangs a vap'rous drop profound

PROFOUND', noun The deep; the sea; the ocean; as the vast profound

1. The abyss.

I travel this profound

PROFOUND', verb intransitive To dive; to penetrate. [Not in use.]