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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A preliminary.

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  • adjective preliminary
  • noun informal Something preliminary, such as a trial, report, race, etc.

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

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