Preluded
Prelude Pre*lude", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Preluded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preluding}.] [L. praeludere, praelusum; prae before + ludere to play: cf. F. pr['e]luder. See {Ludicrous}.] To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance; to serve as prelude. [1913 Webster]

The musicians preluded on their instruments. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

We are preluding too largely, and must come at once to the point. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]


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  • preluded — prel·ude || preljuːd n. opening; introduction; overture, introductory musical piece (Music); short musical composition (Music) v. serve as an opening, precede; serve as a preface or introduction; serve as an introduction to a musical… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Prelude — Pre*lude , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Preluded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preluding}.] [L. praeludere, praelusum; prae before + ludere to play: cf. F. pr[ e]luder. See {Ludicrous}.] To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance; to serve… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preluding — Prelude Pre*lude , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Preluded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preluding}.] [L. praeludere, praelusum; prae before + ludere to play: cf. F. pr[ e]luder. See {Ludicrous}.] To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prelude — I. noun Etymology: Middle French, from Medieval Latin praeludium, from Latin praeludere to play beforehand, from prae + ludere to play more at ludicrous Date: 1561 1. an introductory performance, action, or event preceding and preparing for the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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