\ ˈpräg How to pronounce prog (audio) \
progged; progging

Definition of prog

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

chiefly dialectal
: to search about especially : forage



Definition of prog (Entry 2 of 3)

chiefly dialectal

Definition of prog (Entry 3 of 3)

Examples of prog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lowda and the Humble, which formed at Temple, delivered a powerful set of tunes filed between alt and prog rock. Ed Condran,, "Hall & Oates' Hoagie Nation returns to Festival Pier for its second year," 27 May 2018 Halvorson's slaloming sound employs a Line 6 pedal to maniacally bend pitches, but otherwise her playing is clean and pure; Seabrook, on the other hand, betrays his love of heavy metal and prog rock with his distorted tone and spastic flurries. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Drummer Tomas Fujiwara fuels his writing by recruiting musicians in contrasting pairs," 26 Jan. 2018 Stuff yourself silly at Smorgasburg, then go crate digging through more than 10,000 vinyl offerings, from blues and disco to prog and metal. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 5 Most Interesting Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend," 18 Jan. 2018 Throughout its 17-year career, the quartet Mastodon has distinguished itself with its blend of heavy metal, prog rock and hard rock. Jim Fusilli, WSJ, "‘Emperor of Sand’ by Mastodon Review: When Heavy Metal Gets Lyrical," 20 Mar. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun School of Rock School of Rock students pay tribute to Alice in Chains, old-school hip-hop, prog-rock and Green Day, with each act or genre getting roughly 90 minutes. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Here's your guide to the best local concerts in Phoenix this February," 1 Feb. 2020 Dance Gavin Dance These post-hardcore veterans have fathered an entire genre, Swancore, characterized by their signature blend of math-rock, prog and post-rock, and named for guitarist Will Swan and his Blue Swan Records label. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Phoenix concerts in March: Post Malone, Celine Dion, Zac Brown, Rage Against the Machine," 2 Mar. 2020 Primus will pay homage to prog-rock legends Rush this summer with A Tribute to Kings tour set to visit Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre June 26. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Primus announces A Tribute To Kings Tour dates with a metro Detroit stop," 18 Feb. 2020 Peart's drumming style, both manic and intricate, would also help come to define the band's virtuosic prog-rock sound. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dies at 67," 10 Jan. 2020 SUNDAY Trans-Siberian Orchestra Have a very prog-rock Christmas. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Concerts in Houston: Tobe Nwigwe, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Jack Ingram," 19 Dec. 2019 Robert Fripp wouldn’t deign to come to the ceremonies even if King Crimson were in, but members of Yes, Rush and Jethro Tull have all said Fripp’s band should have been the first prog-rockers inducted. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Could Jann Wenner’s retirement open doors for prog rock and other overlooked bands? Chuck Yarborough," 25 Sep. 2019 The Rush Tribute Project Canadian prog rock trio Rush has pretty much retired. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "It’s a busy week for tributes from Pink Floyd to Janis Joplin and John Coltrane to Fleetwood Mac," 3 Oct. 2019 For all the psychedelic flirtations, there was something staid about the show, like listening to prog-rock in a planetarium, or buying a tie-dye shirt at Urban Outfitters. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, "Tame Impala’s freak flag flies at half-staff at Anthem show," 25 Aug. 2019

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1579, in the meaning defined above


1655, in the meaning defined above

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