• WordNet 3.6
    • n prose ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
    • n prose matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prose (R. C. Ch) A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See Sequence.
    • Prose Hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
    • Prose Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as, prose composition.
    • Prose Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of life.
    • Prose The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition. "I speak in prose , and let him rymes make.""Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.""I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry, that is; prose words in their best order; poetry -- the best order."
    • Prose To write in prose.
    • Prose To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
    • Prose To write prose. "Prosing or versing, but chiefly this latter."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prose The ordinary written or spoken language of man; language not conformed to poetical measure, as opposed to verse or metrical composition. See poetry.
    • n prose Hence Commonplace ideas or discourse.
    • n prose In liturgics, a hymn sung after the gradual, originating from a practice of setting words to the jubilatio of the alleluia. Such hymns were originally either in the vernacular or in rimed Latin, with rhythms depending, as in modern verse, upon the accent: hence they were called prosæ, proses, in distinction from versus, verses, this latter term being applied only to poetry written in meters depending on quantity as in the ancient classic poets. See sequence.
    • n prose An oration; a story.
    • prose Relating to or consisting of prose; prosaic; not poetic; hence, plain; commonplace.
    • prose To write or compose in prose: as, a fable prosed or versified.
    • prose To write or compose in prose.
    • prose To write or speak in a dull or tedious manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prose prōz the direct, straightforward arrangement of words, free from poetical measures: ordinary spoken and written language: all writings not in verse
    • adj Prose pertaining to prose: not poetical: plain: dull
    • v.i Prose to write prose: to speak or write tediously
    • v.t Prose to compose in prose
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  • Louis Kronenberger
    Louis Kronenberger
    “The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.”
  • Mario Cuomo
    Mario Cuomo
    “You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.”
  • Vladimir Nabokov
    “You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.”
  • David Hare
    “The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prose, L. prosa, fr. prorsus, prosus, straight forward, straight on, for proversus,; pro, forward + versus, p. p. of vertere, to turn. See Verse


In literature:

Style in prose or verse has never existed and cannot exist of itself alone.
"Hilaire Belloc" by C. Creighton Mandell
No person who has attained distinction in prose has worked without a plan.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
PROSE IDYLLS, New and Old.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Few believe that a poet can write well in prose, and those who do, prefer his poetry to his prose.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
The House of Seven Gables is the purest piece of imagination in our prose literature.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
The rhythmical structure of his prose is carefully correct.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
Its prose and verse were frankly experimental.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
Paine thought in prose and acted epics.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
Studies of prose-fiction are getting themselves written, none of them more illuminative than Professor Bliss Perry's.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
We want some one who will do for our prose what Madame de Sevigne did for the prose of France.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde

In poetry:

(I used to write for writing’s sake,
I used to write till day,
I loved my prose and poetry,
And what have you to say?)
"And What Have You To Say?" by Henry Lawson
As strange a tale, as history knows,
Accept in artless rhyme:
An honest Greek relates in prose,
This wonder of old time.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
'T was a rhyme in life's prose
That uplifted and blest it.
Man's nature, who knows
Until love comes to test it?
She gave me a rose,
And I kissed it and pressed it.
"She Gave Me A Rose" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Who writes in verse that should have writ in prose
Is like a traveller walking on his toes;
Happy the rhymester who in time has found
The heels he lifts were made to touch the ground.
"Poem For The Two Hundred And Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Founding Of Harvard College" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
What I speak, my fair Cloe, and what I write, shews
The Diff'rence there is betwixt Nature and Art:
I court others in Verse; but I love Thee in Prose:
And They have my Whimsies; but Thou hast my Heart.
"A Better Answer" by Matthew Prior
Ah! whom she waited in the afterglow,
Soft-eyed and dreamy 'mid the lily and rose,
I do not know, I do not wish to know;--
It is enough I keep her picture so,
Hung up, like poetry, o'er my life's dull prose.
"Rosemary" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Are you aware, as you turn from writing fiction to prose essays, of different problems.
Louise Erdrich blends spare, magical prose and high moral drama in her 14th novel, 'The Round House.
Louise Erdrich's prose is spare, precise, smooth as polished stone.
Before his 1997 death, beat-era author William Burroughs shook the writing establishment with such provocative prose as Naked Lunch and Junky.
A Southern Mountain Town in Prose & Poetry.
Prose all but rose from the cracks of the sidewalks&mdash.
Forbes writer Burke combines snappy magazine prose with the natural drama of football coach Joe Moglia's unlikely career arc to make this a captivating biography.
Michael Lewis touches down in the nations damaged by the 2008 financial meltdown and proves – yet again – that he can turn anything into compelling prose.
Ric Ocasek on Lyrics and Prose.
Writing a great superhero comic is hard but writing a great superhero prose story can be even harder.
culinary knowledge, prose style, integrity (percei...
Editor's Viewpoint: The power of prose .
Writers Of The Purple Prose .
Punch-drunk prose : Katherine Dunn talks boxing.

In science:

The Upstart Theory After all the mathematics, software development, prose revisions, and persuasion necessary to complete her theory and have the paper accepted, Sophie decides to reward herself by living the good life for a while.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Simon’s model was developed for the distribution of words by their frequency of occurrence in a prose sample .
Structural preferential attachment: Network organization beyond the link
Therefore, astrophysicists dealing with special relativity, as a modern Monsieur Jourdain who “fait de la prose sans le savoir” (he speaks in prose without knowing it), use these concepts without realizing it.
Spectral methods in general relativistic astrophysics
It is known that any prose does not carry all the ingredients of evolution of languages.
Statistical Approach to Gene Evolution
The approach taken on IceCube is that we start of with a complete prose description of the contents we need in a document.
Concrete uses of XML in software development and data analysis