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A member of the faculty at an institution of higher learning who has attained its highest possible academic rank and possesses special knowledge in an occupation requiring special skills

professor

Academia A member of the faculty at an institution of higher learning who has attained its highest possible academic rank, who possesses special knowledge in an occupation requiring special skills. See 'Chair. '. Cf, Lecturer.
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In one such passage, Stone shows two perpetually drunk and stoned gunrunners bickering professorially over and mistakenly conflating two "great lines," one from Hamlet and the other from Lear.
Overcome by the excitement of it, even though he's worked in this same studio since 1991 and has seen this same light show dozens of times, Harris-Ching paces, bending forward slightly, his long gray hair streaming professorially from a balding head, his bushy eyebrows projecting in disarray from a face once lean but now filled out.
Still others had plenty to say: a few were ready with picks that crystallized deep-seated intellectual biases and esthetic affinities, others pontificated professorially, revealing refined literary sensibilities.