What does the word prize mean?

Usage examples for prize

  1. You won that little swimming race by a yard or so, and since then it appears to me that, although you may not be aware of it, you and I have been running a race of a very different sort, although possibly for the same prize. – The World Peril of 1910 by George Griffith
  2. Tom had learned more at school than anyone else, because he wished to take a prize. – The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit
  3. Before we call anyone lucky, who takes a prize, let us call him unlucky, who is without the desire to make the effort to win it. – Revisiting the Earth by James Langdon Hill