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prologue

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prologue an introduction to a play
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prologue One who delivers a prologue.
    • Prologue The preface or introduction to a discourse, poem, or performance; as, the prologue of Chaucer's “Canterbury Tales;” esp., a discourse or poem spoken before a dramatic performance
    • v. t Prologue To introduce with a formal preface, or prologue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prologue The preface or introduction to a discourse or performance; specifically, a discourse or poem spoken before a dramatic performance or play begins; hence, that which precedes or leads up to any act or event.
    • n prologue The speaker of a prologue on the stage.
    • n prologue Synonyms Preface, Preamble, etc. See introduction.
    • prologue To introduce with a formal prologue or preface; preface.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prologue prō′log a preface: the introductory verses before a play:
    • v.t Prologue to introduce with a prologue or preface
    • n Prologue prō′log (Shak.) the speaker of a prologue
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “What is past is prologue.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Whereof what's past is prologue; what to come, In yours and my discharge.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. prologus, fr. Gr., fr. to say beforehand; before + to say. See Logic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. prologospro, before, logos, speech.

Usage

In literature:

Miss Prouty, his teacher, called it the prologue.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
It is one of the memorable moments of the Prologue.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
The Jig is in this prologue clearly distinct from a dance.
"The Works of Aphra Behn" by Aphra Behn
This prologue has obtained a wide publicity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
It is an interesting fact that in the "Parson's Prologue" Chaucer actually introduces a little astronomical problem.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
The picture is a fit prologue to the terrible Judgment to come.
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
It is a weird, almost appalling prologue.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
This was the prologue of the hunter's story.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The very opening of the Prologue is not happy.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845" by Various
The prologue to JULIUS CAESAR; 5.
"Notes and Queries, Number 223, February 4, 1854" by Various
The opening chapter, or prologue, inflated and wordy, after the fashion of the times, was undoubtedly Rusticiano's.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
PROLOGUE TO PART THE FIRST.
"The Works Of Edward Bulwer-Lytton A Linked Index to the Project Gutenberg Editions" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
His Basel career may be said to begin here; his earlier work furnishing the Prologue.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
Good gentlemen, the prologue!
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 8, 1914" by Various
The performances begin with a stirring drama in a prologue and three acts, entitled 'Flor de un Dia.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
A. Krug's symphonic prologue to "Otello" given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Let us pass over the prologue of the Queen's speech, and come at once to the announcement of his financial measures by the Minister.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various
All this may be very fine, but cannot be said to help us far on with our Prologue.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
In this prologue some wicked conduct is rather hinted at than told.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
Everything else has been thrown aside; and the position has had to be explained by a prologue which is pretty strong.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In news:

Subaru BRZ Prologue Concept Photo Gallery.
Subaru BRZ Prologue Concept Side View Wire Passengers.
This is the prologue .
War's prologue : Special ops team faced rough road in first days of Afghanistan war.
Amy Dawkins proves past is not prologue at new art show.
A Diabetes Neophyte's Prologue (Part 3).
The Past as Prologue .
What's Past Is More Than Prologue .
For George W Bush, the past is prologue .
Is the Past Prologue .
As Prologue, the Past Looks Like a Bad Bet.
PROLOGUE AND ACT V OF ROBERT WILSON WORK.
Prologue Vision presents the TC Charton Asian Fit Eyewear collection.
Prologue My name is Susan Boyle.
In the show's prologue, one of the lyrics warns "Never look back".
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In science:

There have been increasing evidence, beyond the stories of our prologue, that local search and FPC are very different.
Paths Beyond Local Search: A Nearly Tight Bound for Randomized Fixed-Point Computation
Tweedie, Markov chains and stochastic stability, second ed., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2009, With a prologue by Peter W.
Diffusivity of a random walk on random walks
In retrospect, I think I personally would have taken sides with the iconolatres instead of the iconoclasts after having visited the beautiful Byzantine Period section of the Benaki National Heritage museum last night. 2See the prologue and epilogue of part II.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Again, see the prologue and epilogue of part II. 6 In analogy to the logical oxymoron: ‘Who shaves the barber?’. 7 In Greek, an ‘iconoclast’ (:‘ǫικoν oκλ ´αστ ης ’) is (s)he who ‘cuts icons’ (:‘κλ ´αζ ǫι ǫικ´oν ǫς ’).
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Then, we would like to conclude this paper by continuing the general theme of the prologue, namely, that QG research is in need of new concepts, new mathematics, and a novel way of philosophizing about them.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
To connect this epilogue back to the prologue like the proverbial tail-biting serpent, in QG research the glaring absence of comprehensive experiments and thus of reliable and concrete experimental data to support and constrain theorymaking is, at least from a mathematical viewpoint, quite liberating.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Wolfenstein. C P violation: The past as prologue. hep-ph/0210025.
Particle Mixing and CP-Violation
Temperature, then, is a corollary of entropy; it is epilogue rather than prologue.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
What’s Past Is Prologue Just as the detection of relatively low transverse momentum thermal photons in relativistic heavy ion collisions has been a long-sought but recently realized goal, so has been the observation of higher momentum, perturbatively produced direct photons.
Puzzles, Progress, Prospects: pre-Summary for the Quark Matter 2009 Conference
Given an Exact Cover by 3-Sets instance (Y, C ) where |Y |=n and |C |=m, we construct a sequence x = a, b, c of length 2h − 1 where h is the height of the heap and x is partitioned into a prologue sequence a, a subset sequence b, and an epilogue sequence c.
Heapable Sequences and Subsequences
The prologue sequence a is uniquely heapable; moreover, if x is completely heapable, then the epilogue sequence c is uniquely heapable with respect to a and b.
Heapable Sequences and Subsequences
Taken together, the prologue and epilogue force sequence b to be heaped into the black area of Figure 1.
Heapable Sequences and Subsequences
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