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2 definitions found
 for prolusion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prolusion \Pro*lu"sion\, n. [L. prolusio, fr. proludere to
     prelude; pro before + ludere to play: cf. F. prolusion, It.
     prolusione.]
     A trial before the principal performance; a prelude; hence,
     an introductory essay or exercise. "Domestic prolusions."
     --Thackeray.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Her presence was in some measure a restraint on the
           worthy divine, whose prolusion lasted.   --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  prolusion
      n 1: a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
           [syn: foreword, preface, prolusion]
      2: exercising in preparation for strenuous activity [syn: warm-
         up, tune-up, prolusion]

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