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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A preliminary: teams that were eliminated in the prelims; studied hard for my prelims.

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  • adj. preliminary
  • n. Something preliminary, such as a trial, report, race, etc.

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  • n. a minor match preceding the main event
  • n. an examination taken by graduate students to determine their fitness to continue

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