from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A preliminary statement or essay introducing a book that explains its scope, intention, or background and is usually written by the author.
- n. An introductory section, as of a speech.
- n. Something introductory; a preliminary: An informal brunch served as a preface to the three-day conference.
- n. The words introducing the central part of the Eucharist in several Christian churches.
- transitive v. To introduce by or provide with a preliminary statement or essay.
- transitive v. To serve as an introduction to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The beginning or introductory portion that comes before the main text of a document or book.
- v. To introduce or make a comment before the main point.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or written as introductory to a book or essay; a proem; an introduction, or series of preliminary remarks.
- n. The prelude or introduction to the canon of the Mass.
- transitive v. To introduce by a preface; to give a preface to.
- intransitive v. To make a preface.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A statement or series of statements introducing a discourse, book, or other composition; a series of preliminary remarks, either written or spoken; a prelude.
- n. [cap, or lowercase] In liturgics, the introductory section of the anaphora; the solemn eucharistic thanksgiving and ascription of glory introducing the canon.
- n. A title; an introductory or explanatory epithet.
- To give a preface to; introduce by preliminary written or spoken remarks, or by an action significant of what is to follow.
- To say as a preface; write or utter in view or explanation of what is to follow.
- To front; face; cover.
- To give a preface; speak, write, or do something preliminary to later action.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
- v. furnish with a preface or introduction
Aristotle in his poetic art as an essential part of tragedy, was an even, simple chant, like that which we call the preface to mass, which in my opinion is the Gregorian chant, and not the Ambrosian, and which is a true melopée.
Clearly, the preface is ambivalent; the critique of enthusiasm with which the preface begins undermines its polemic, and vice versa.
AS a preface is the only place where an author can with propriety explain a purpose or apologize for shortcomings, I venture to avail myself of the privilege to make a statement for the benefit of my readers.
This preface is undated but, based on the content, it must have been written after his resignation from the Party in March 1916 and during the last few months of his life.
For example, the preface is missing any sort of place-setting.
Like the as-yet-unpublished "Lexicon," Elements contains all manner of facts collated from the object work; unlike that project, it has been published with full consent from the author, if Pullman's preface is anything to go by: "It's flattering, of course, to find one's work the object of such care and attention; but how much more satisfying when the work of reference that results is so accurate, and so interesting, and so good."
After reading so many in the series, this years preface is a bit too familiar, although he did throw in a couple of funny lines.
His "principal object," he claims in the preface, is to "perpetuate the successful efforts made by him" to improve British soldiers 'diet.
It's been good to compare then and now and Charles Michael's 1905 preface is also interesting,
The othering in Shelley's preface is not between the