American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Ordinary speech or writing, without metrical structure.
- n. Commonplace expression or quality.
- n. Roman Catholic Church A hymn of irregular meter sung before the Gospel.
- v. To write prose.
- v. To speak or write in a dull, tiresome style.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ordinary written or spoken language of man; language not conformed to poetical measure, as opposed to verse or metrical composition. See poetry.
- n. Hence Commonplace ideas or discourse.
- n. In liturgics, a hymn sung after the gradual, originating from a practice of setting words to the jubilatio of the alleluia. Such hymns were originally either in the vernacular or in rimed Latin, with rhythms depending, as in modern verse, upon the accent: hence they were called
prosæ, proses, in distinction from versus, verses, this latter term being applied only to poetry written in meters depending on quantity as in the ancient classic poets. See sequence.
- n. An oration; a story.
- Relating to or consisting of prose; prosaic; not poetic; hence, plain; commonplace.
- To write or compose in prose: as, a fable prosed or versified.
- To write or compose in prose.
- To write or speak in a dull or tedious manner.
- n. Language, particularly written language, not intended as poetry.
- v. to write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from
verse, or metrical composition.
- n. Hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
- n. (R. C. Ch.) A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See Sequence.
- adj. Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse.
- adj. Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic.
- v. To write in prose.
- v. To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
- v. To write prose.
- n. matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression
- n. ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prōsa (ōrātiō), straightforward (discourse), feminine of prōsus, alteration of prōrsus, from prōversus, past participle of prōvertere, to turn forward : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For practical convenience three main sorts of rhythmic prose may be distinguished: (1) _characteristic prose_, or that in which no regularity (coincidence) is easily appreciable; (2) _cadenced prose_, or that in which the regularity is perceptible, but unobtrusive, and (3) _metrical prose_, or that in which the regularity is so noticeable as to be unpleasing.”
“Yasmin's (Anika Noni Rose) crime report to the police officer, in prose, is almost placid yet intense.”
“The primary issue in prose is motive: You have to understand why the people do what they do, or else the whole shebang falls apart as illusion.”
“I think that to capture another time in prose is a gift beyond worth.”
“She says the last thing she's fallen back on is line breaks, that poetry has line breaks, and therefore she refuses to use the term prose poetry, because it finally shatters the last bit of taxonomy she has.”
“Because I'm an art student, and a highly-visually-oriented person, one of the things I love the most about your prose is the lushness and the beautiful sentences.”
“As to the author's highly mannered style, it's not so much that his prose is awkward and lumbering — which it is! — just that the man's supreme lack of command for the English language is visible in every sentence, every phrase, every word, down to the smallest phoneme.”
“Steeped in effective 19th-century archaism, yet steely in sustaining the story, the prose is as poetic as it is violent.”
“Martel's aims are ambitious, but the prose is amateur and the characters thin, the coy self-referentiality grates ...”
“By comparing Nowlan's writing to that of John Grisham or Stephen King, Cicero must be suggesting that his prose is accessible, uncomplicated, not self-consciously "literary.”
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