from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A preliminary exercise.
- n. An essay written as a preface to a more detailed work.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A trial before the principal performance; a prelude.
- n. An introductory essay.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A trial before the principal performance; a prelude; hence, an introductory essay or exercise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A prelude to a game, performance, or entertainment; hence, a prelude, introduction, or preliminary in general.
- n. An essay or preparatory exercise in which the writer tries his own strength, or throws out some preliminary remarks on a subject which he intends to treat more profoundly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
- n. exercising in preparation for strenuous activity
Latin prōlūsiō, prōlūsiōn-, from prōlūsus, past participle of prōlūdere, to practice beforehand : prō-, before; see pro-1 + lūdere, to play; see leid- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin prolusio, from proludere ("to prelude"). (Wiktionary)