Preposition
Preposition Prep`o*si"tion, n. [L. praepositio, fr. praeponere to place before; prae before + ponere to put, place: cf. F. pr['e]position. See {Position}, and cf. {Provost}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Gram.) A word employed to connect a noun or a pronoun, in an adjectival or adverbial sense, with some other word; a particle used with a noun or pronoun (in English always in the objective case) to make a phrase limiting some other word; -- so called because usually placed before the word with which it is phrased; as, a bridge of iron; he comes from town; it is good for food; he escaped by running. [1913 Webster]

2. A proposition; an exposition; a discourse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He made a long preposition and oration. --Fabyan. [1913 Webster]


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