Main definitions of prog in English

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prog1

noun

British
informal
  • 1A television or radio programme:

    ‘I don't watch cookery progs’
    • ‘The Jimmy Young prog pre-dated the radio phone-in, so listeners' comments were still written on bits of paper and handed to the presenter.’
    • ‘TV has tended to dumb down progs in the belief that it makes it better for the public.’
    • ‘I would love to help you put another prog together on OCD.’
    • ‘I am Australian and it is a fact that we aren't all the drunks portrayed in so many TV progs and jokes.’
    • ‘It's noteworthy that she was often pulled up for complaining about progs that she had never viewed.’
    • ‘I wish they would get rid of the idiots doing it now - I mean, how many presenters do you need in one prog?’
    • ‘It's brilliant, best thing on telly by a mile: fabulous 4th prog.’
    • ‘But could they draw out a telly prog any further?’
    • ‘Here's hoping he has more women artists/bands and guests in future progs.’
    • ‘I could never appear on a discussion prog with her, I would end up with a brain haemorrhage.’
    broadcast, production, show, presentation, transmission, performance, telecast, simulcast, videocast, podcast
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  • 2A computer program:

    ‘there are progs for the PC that will convert images to sound’
    • ‘Progs take about 30 secs to open.’
    • ‘Each parameter has a tortuous history of manual and semi-automated interventions that I simply cannot just go back to early versions and run the update prog.’
    • ‘I tried to cancel the prog with ctrl-alt-del which only caused the screen to lock up.’
    • ‘She's running the install prog and not using the updater.’
    • ‘I can't add a new prog, write to the partition, del the partition or change the file name.’
    • ‘My teacher told me to write a prog.’
    • ‘I know I need to burn off all mah stuff from that work machine tho and remove all the progs that aren't necessary.’
    • ‘I have a prog that uses the cell phone's usb cable to let the laptop connect to the internet through the phone.’
    • ‘I did use the correct key, NOT one that was generated by the prog.’
    • ‘I tried several times to run the prog with the same result each time.’

Origin

1930s: abbreviation of programme.

Pronunciation:

prog

/prɒɡ/

Main definitions of prog in English

: prog1prog2

prog2

noun

informal
  • 1[mass noun] A style of rock music popular especially in the 1970s and characterized by classical influences, the use of keyboard instruments, and lengthy compositions:

    ‘the band's blend of prog, psychedelia, and '60s pop’
    ‘I'm a child of the 60s and love prog rock’
    [as modifier] ‘a prog rock band’
    • ‘"Me, You and Everybody" successfully links the pastoral prog of old-school Yes with Delta blues.’
    • ‘Before punk came along I'd fallen victim to the excesses of prog rock.’
    • ‘This kind of demented shoegazing stoner prog is all about the stomping rhythms and the elasticated, mind-bending guitars.’
    • ‘He bristles when asked about the band's rabid experimentation with musical styles ranging from country to ska to speed metal to prog.’
    • ‘I was inspired by the '70s prog - like Traffic - he played.’
    • ‘Rock music, prog especially, constantly attempts to evoke certain unearthly worlds via musical experimentation.’
    • ‘Three chords have given us country songs, Irish pub balladry, prog, funk and more.’
    • ‘Johnson's initial heyday was in the early 1970s when Pink Floyd and David Bowie grabbed the headlines with prog and glitter.’
    • ‘This is prog that nods to the past instrumentally but takes on the attitude of modern avant-garde acts like Boris in the process.’
    • ‘Battle lines are being drawn over this new symphonic prog rock as we speak.’
  • 2US An advocate of social reform; a progressive:

    ‘if she decides to run, the hard-core progs will not support her anyway’
    • ‘I've never met a prog who understood how business worked.’
    • ‘I would hope the progs wouldn't blame the Dems if he lost.’
    • ‘The closer we get to the elections, the more reluctant the progs will be to rock the boat.’
    • ‘The progs will rule to uphold the subsidies.’
    • ‘Indonesia is not full of progs like we are.’

adjective

informal
  • Relating to or denoting rock music characterized by classical influences, the use of keyboard instruments, and lengthy compositions; progressive:

    ‘one of the most important prog albums of all time’
    ‘Tesseract sound very prog to me’
    • ‘Hackett has got to be one of the more interesting guitarists in the prog movement.’
    • ‘But that still doesn't diminish the power of this celebration of all things prog: mystical geography, lava, free-form jamming, gongs.’
    • ‘When did Kiss turn into a prog band?’
    • ‘This is raw and raucous rock - pounding drums, throttled prog riffs and breathy, hypnotic invocations.’
    • ‘At this point the band were more psychedelic fledglings than soaring prog jazz birds of paradise.’
    • ‘But you can hear that it's done with passion by someone who's loved spacey electronic sounds ever since his parents introduced him to prog music as a child.’
    • ‘His second solo album is a full-blown prog epic that is equally confounding and captivating.’
    • ‘The 68-minute suite is eminently likeable, its prog tendencies harking back to melodic mid-'70s albums by the likes of Jean-Luc Ponty, while incorporating modern studio effects.’

Origin

1950s (in sense 2): abbreviation of progressive.

Pronunciation:

prog

/prɒɡ/