American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A preliminary statement, especially the introduction to a formal document that serves to explain its purpose.
- n. An introductory occurrence or fact; a preliminary.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go before; precede; serve as a preamble.
- To make a preamble; preface one's remarks or actions; prelude.
- To walk over previously; tread beforehand.
- To preface; introduce with preliminary remarks.
- n. A preliminary statement; an introductory paragraph or division of a discourse or writing; a preface; prologue; prelude.
- n. Specifically The introductory part of a statute or resolution, which states or indicates the reasons and intent of what follows. Synonyms Preface, Prologue, etc. See
- n. A short preliminary statement or remark, especially an explanatory introduction to a formal document or statute.
- n. computing A syncword.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A introductory portion; an introduction or preface, as to a book, document, etc.; specifically, the introductory part of a statute, which states the reasons and intent of the law.
- v. rare To make a preamble to; to preface; to serve as a preamble.
- v. make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document
- n. a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)
- From Old French preambule (French: préambule), from Medieval Latin praeambulum, from praeambulo ("to walk before") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French preambule, from Medieval Latin praeambulum, from neuter of praeambulus, walking in front : prae-, pre- + ambulāre, to walk; see ambulate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Secondly, many argue that the preamble is being read too narrowly: that an individual using a weapon to protect his individual rights is just as necessary to the security of a free state as protecting it from a foreign army or an armed rebellion.”
“I suspect that this lengthy preamble is intended to conceal the poverty of my story, for I am apprehensive.”
“This preamble is to note that I discovered quite a few very good authors for the first time via the editor's recommendation route.”
“The Nights: here the preamble is insufficient; the whole is clumsy for want of a thread upon which the many independent tales and fables should be strung298; and the consequent disorder and confusion tell upon the reader, who cannot remember the sequence without taking notes.”
“That preamble is just an excuse to show this little bit of amateur photoshopping.”
“This preamble, rather a long preamble, is all by way 'of introduction or explanation as to why I, as a scientist, have been involved for the last twenty-three years of my life in this vulgar medium of television and also radio - why I feel that it is very important that we use the media to try to inform the public about these important forces that are shaping their lives.”
“Now, the only reason I am making this preamble is to make the point that quite definitely the theatre is not as important or of as much interest to you as it is to me.”
“I went to Paris and called on him, and after a certain preamble and a general discussion about international politics, I had to confide in him that I had now four guests that were coming to a banquet with me in the palace at Versailles.”
“The three months that followed my return to New York a few days later were as good in their way as this novelistic preamble, which is to say they were highly romantic, full of passionate sex, jealousy it was during this period that she flew out to L.A. to have dinner with the rakish Irish movie star Gabriel Byrne, who was interested in her screenplay, and lots and lots of projection, at least on my part.”
“This preamble is to say that I finally got around to finishing an article in last week's (6 February) issue, pp 24-25, "Northern Lights", introducedthus: "The latest surge of Scandinavian novels is leading a crime-in-translation boom from across the continent.”
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