• WordNet 3.6
    • v prelude play as a prelude
    • v prelude serve as a prelude or opening to
    • n prelude music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera
    • n prelude something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows "training is a necessary preliminary to employment","drinks were the overture to dinner"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prelude An introductory performance, preceding and preparing for the principal matter; a preliminary part, movement, strain, etc.; especially Mus, a strain introducing the theme or chief subject; a movement introductory to a fugue, yet independent; -- with recent composers often synonymous with overture. "The last Georgic was a good prelude to the Ænis""The cause is more than the prelude , the effect is more than the sequel, of the fact."
    • Prelude To introduce with a previous performance; to play or perform a prelude to; as, to prelude a concert with a lively air.
    • v. i Prelude To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance; to serve as prelude. "The musicians preluded on their instruments.""We are preluding too largely, and must come at once to the point."
    • Prelude To serve as prelude to; to precede as introductory. "Music preluding some great tragedy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prelude To preface; prepare the way for; introduce as by a prelude; foreshadow.
    • prelude Specifically, in music, to play a prelude to; introduce by a musical prelude.
    • prelude To serve as a prelude to; precede as a musical prelude.
    • prelude To perform a prelude or introduction; give a preface to later action; especially, in music, to play a prelude, or introductory passage or movement, before beginning a principal composition.
    • prelude To serve as a prelude or introduction; especially, to constitute a musical prelude.
    • n prelude An introductory performance; a preliminary to an action, event, or work of broader scope and higher importance; a preface; presage; foreshadowing.
    • n prelude In music, a prefatory or introductory piece, section, or movement, either extended and more or less independent, as in many elaborate fugues, in suites and sonatas, in oratorios and operas, or brief and strictly connected with what is to follow, as in various shorter works and at the opening of church services and before hymns. The organ prelude to a church service is often called a voluntary. Compare intrada, introduction, overture, vorspiel, etc.
    • n prelude Synonyms Preface, etc. (see introduction), preliminary.
    • n prelude See overture
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prelude prē-lūd′ or prel′ūd the introductory movement of a musical work: a prefatory piece to an oratorio, &c.: an organ voluntary before a church service: a preface: a forerunner
    • v.t Prelude to play before: to preface, as an introduction
    • v.i Prelude to perform a prelude: to serve as a prelude
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prélude,cf. It. preludio, LL. praeludium,), fr. L. prae, before + ludus, play. See Prelude (v. t.)


In literature:

All this but a prelude to saying that I have just passed through the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
The words in the two lines of each stanza of the song serve as a prelude to the action which follows.
"Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs" by Alice C. Fletcher
They commenced with a sort of prelude, slow and declamatory.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
These signs, threats, and mutterings were but the prelude to that which was to follow.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
You were the dawn announcing a glorious sunrise, the prelude to the melodies which, since yesterday, swell in my bosom.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
The twenty-four Preludes were composed before the trip to Majorca, though they were perfected and polished while there.
"The World's Great Men of Music" by Harriette Brower
But this recital is but a prelude to the changes that were to follow.
"Bell's Cathedrals: Chichester (1901)" by Hubert C. Corlette
If the sentence came at the beginning of a short story, it might be a mere descriptive prelude.
"Robert Browning" by G. K. Chesterton
However, it was obviously a prelude to the dissolution of the old firm.
"History of the Comstock Patent Medicine Business and Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills" by Robert B. Shaw
Still they are only the prelude of the fuller song of Browning.
"Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher" by Henry Jones
This, however, was only a prelude to real disaster: the fleet arrived safe at Panormus, where they remained a short time.
"Robert Kerr's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 18" by William Stevenson
Then without any verbal prelude she asked him to have connection with her.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
I said I was English, and immediately, without further prelude, we fell to a most remarkable conversation.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
He guessed that all this talk was only a prelude to some trick to keep him out of the tunnel.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
Is it not the prelude to an Adventure?
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
Instant acceptance not seldom preludes final rejection.
"The Glory of English Prose" by Stephen Coleridge
The Prelude may take a permanent place as one of the most perfect of his compositions.
"The International Weekly Miscellany, Volume I. No. 9." by Various
How Chopin suffers, when he plays the Preludes!
"Plays, Acting and Music" by Arthur Symons
This is the introduction and prelude to the whole dance.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
In the prelude to Act II here, for example, no one need seek a story, though it is obvious enough.
"Richard Wagner" by John F. Runciman

In poetry:

And as angels are harping their songs—
Sweet songs of a heavenly birth—
I'll listen to hear the same touch
That played us this prelude on earth.
"Music" by Sallie Williams Hardcastle
Spring, the low prelude of a lordlier song:
Summer, a music without hint of death:
Autumn, a cadence lingeringly long:
Winter, a pause;--the Minstrel-Year takes breath.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
PRELUDING low, in notes that faint and tremble,
Swelling, awakening, dying, plaining deep,
While such sensations in the soul assemble,
As make it pleasure to the eyes to weep.
"The Gnome’s Song" by Maria Gowen Brooks
And Angels hear, and there is mirth in Heaven,
Fit prelude of the joy, when spirits won
Like thee to patient Faith, shall rise forgiven,
And at thy Saviour’s knees thy bright example own.
"King Charles the Martyr" by John Keble
I'm going to take her hands again
And tell her she is sweet !
(April, April, all the years are nought!)
My spirit understands again
The prelude of her feet;
The whisper of her gown awakens every tender thought.
"Every Spring" by John Joy Bell
But all remembered beauty is no more
Than a vague prelude to the thought of you —
You are the rarest soul I ever knew,
Lover of beauty, knightliest and best;
My thoughts seek you as waves that seek the shore,
And when I think of you, I am at rest.
"Love Songs" by Sara Teasdale

In news:

The prelude to awards season has begun with the 69th annual Golden Globe nominations, announced Thursday.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra's Preludes Gala.
Prelude by Barton G's delicious & decadent fare scores a solid 3.5 stars.
Prelude by Barton G. Interior of Prelude by Barton G. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts 1300 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami 305-357-7900.
Prelude to the Presidency.
Related Stories for Prelude to Black Friday.
' Prelude to a Kiss' Closes.
Super Derby Prelude Draws 11.
Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr. Trubs runs in the Super Derby Prelude for trainer Al Stall Jr.
This weekend, my wife and I spent four days in southern Maine to celebrate a Christmas tradition called Prelude .
Prelude to Maison & Objet.
She may be jumping the shark with a teaser to a prelude to a video, but it got our attention.
While rain had been the story at the two previous Preludes , hot, dry temperatures made for a fast track on Wednesday night.
Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedwayin Rossburg, Ohio.
Tony Stewart's ' Prelude to the Dream' won't run in 2013.

In science:

Since the type of inv does not include any way of reporting such failures (e.g., an Either type or Error monad), the behavior in these circumstances is undefined and must appeal to mechanisms outside the semantics of the language (e.g., Prelude.error).
Multi-Level Languages are Generalized Arrows
We formulate one general theorem in an abstract setting suitable as a prelude for many different inference problem where we allow arbitrary basis functions and arbitrary multivariate distributions on the coefficients of the expansion.
MCMC-free adaptive Bayesian procedures using random series prior
The theorems stated in this prelude motivate number of questions having to do with the generality of these theorems.
Descriptive inner model theory
Bayesian = Frequentist + Priors: I recently helped organize and present two days of tutorial lectures on Bayesian computation, as a prelude to the SCMA V conference mentioned above.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
As a prelude to considering the Skyrme model density-density correlation function’s dependence on the quark mass and how it compares with the lattice results, it is useful to note the extent to which it is dominated by the isoscalar baryon number density contribution.
Test of the Skyrme Effective Field Theory Using Quenched Lattice QCD
As a prelude to the proof of the theorem, let us sketch a proof of lemma 1.
The Hodge conjecture for rationally connected fivefolds
PVSio loads in emacs interface using M-x load-prelude-library PVSio and then executes with M-x pvsio.
A library of Taylor models for PVS automatic proof checker
As a prelude to this, we first investigate the minimal prime ideal structure of such constructions.
On the Prime Ideal Structure of Tensor Products of Algebras
In practice rapid events, such as the accretion of matter preluding to a gravitational collapse, always happen to be controlled by the universal value of G and no correction is expected on the distance modulus.
Fitting the luminosity data from type Ia supernovae in the frame of the Cosmic Defect theory
In a recent Fermilab press-release, D0 results were announced as the “Prelude to the Higgs” keeping in mind the ZH production .
Hints from Tevatron, a prelude to what?
On the other hand, we believe this “hint” is a prelude to the BSM physics to come from the LHC at the early stages of the data taking .
Hints from Tevatron, a prelude to what?
The following constitutes a sheaf-theoretic fundamental prelude with a view towards potential applications of ADG, the whole set-up being in effect a Lagrangian perspective.
Abstract Geometric Algebra. Orthogonal and Symplectic Geometries
This is done as a prelude to developing his profound theory of extremal discs on strongly convex domains.
The Kobayashi metric, extremal discs, and biholomorphic mappings
This result may be thought of as a prelude to the development of a Lempert-type theory on strongly pseudoconvex domains.
The Kobayashi metric, extremal discs, and biholomorphic mappings
As a prelude to future work, we close with the following example of a subring of S generated in degree 2.
Blowup subalgebras of the Sklyanin algebra