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- prælude (archaic)
prelude (plural preludes)
- An introductory or preliminary performance or event.
- Synonym: preface
- (music) A short, free-form piece of music, originally one serving as an introduction to a longer and more complex piece; later, starting with the Romantic period, generally a stand-alone piece. [from 1650s]
- (computing) A standard module or library of subroutines and functions to be imported, generally by default, into a program.
- (figuratively) A forerunner to anything.
short piece of music
- To introduce something, as a prelude.
- To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance.
- 1821 January 8, [Walter Scott], Kenilworth; a Romance. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; and John Ballantyne, Edinburgh; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., OCLC 277979407:
- The musicians preluded on their instruments.
- (Can we date this quote by Jeffrey and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- We are preluding too largely, and must come at once to the point.