♦♦♦proofs1) 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 pl, oft N of n In publishing, the 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 nProof 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 If something or someone is 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 v-link PHR, oft PHR that, PHR of n If you say that someone is 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 v-link PHR, oft PHR that, PHR of n To be 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.