noun Etymology: Latin prolusion-, prolusio, from proludere to play beforehand, from pro- before + ludere to play — more at ludicrous Date: 1601 1. a preliminary trial or exercise ; prelude 2. an introductory and often tentative discourse • prolusory adjective

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prolusion — (v. lat.), Vorspiel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Prolusion — (lat.), Vorübung, Vorspiel …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • prolusion — index preface Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • prolusión — (Del lat. prolusĭo, ōnis). f. prelusión …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • prolusion — [prō lo͞o′zhən] n. [L prolusio, prelude < prolusus, pp. of proludere, to play beforehand < pro , before + ludere, to play: see PRO 2 & LUDICROUS] a preliminary part or performance; often, specif., an introductory essay or article prolusory… …   English World dictionary

  • prolusión — ► sustantivo femenino Introducción de un tratado o de un discurso. SINÓNIMO prelusión * * * prolusión (del lat. «prolusĭo, ōnis») f. Introducción. ≃ Prelusión, preludio. * * * prolusión. (Del lat. prolusĭo, ōnis). f. prelusión …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • prolusion — /proh looh zheuhn/, n. 1. a preliminary written article. 2. an essay of an introductory nature, preliminary to a more profound work. [1595 1605; < L prolusion (s. of prolusio) preliminary exercise, prelude, equiv. to prolus(us), ptp. of proludere …   Universalium

  • prolusion — noun An introductory essay …   Wiktionary

  • prolusion — prəʊ luːʒn /prÉ™ l n. introductory article, essay that serves as a foreword …   English contemporary dictionary

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