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Prior to or preparing for the main matter, action, or business; introductory or prefatory.
n. pl. pre·lim·i·nar·ies
often preliminaries Something that precedes another item of a similar kind, especially:
a. A contest to determine the finalists in a competition.
b. An event that precedes the main event, especially in boxing or wrestling.
c. An academic examination taken before a longer, more complex, or more important examination.
d. An introductory remark made before a speech, presentation, or meeting.

[From New Latin praelīmināris : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin līmen, līmin-, threshold.]

pre·lim′i·nar′i·ly (-nâr′ə-lē) adv.
Synonyms: preliminary, introductory, prefatory, preparatory
These adjectives mean going before and preparing the way for something else: a preliminary investigation; introductory remarks; an author's prefatory notes; preparatory steps.


pl n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the full word for prelims


[prɪlɪmɪnrɪz] nplpreliminari mpl
References in classic literature ?
In settling the preliminaries of the arbitration they had, however, the misfortune to disagree, and appealed to arms.
When dogs fight, there are usually preliminaries to the actual combat--snarlings and bristlings and stiff-legged struttings.
Without further preliminaries than a friendly nod, he addressed me: "You have got her pretty well in her fore and aft trim.
At length the preliminaries were all happily adjusted.
When it is wanted: we must get the house, and settle on preliminaries first.
When all preliminaries were over and Peleg had got everything ready for signing, he turned to me and said, I guess Quohog there don't know how to write, does he?
Badminton: 12:30pm-3pm - Men's Singles, Doubles: preliminaries
She is seeded third for today's preliminaries, nearly three seconds behind top seed Emily Bibb from La Reina of Thousand Oaks.
men's gymnastics team was still so good, that even with a few stumbles and bumbles, it was in first place after Sunday's preliminaries of the World Gymnastics Championships in front of 5,132 at the Pond.
The Canyon, Desert Christian and Lancaster boys and girls are among the teams that will compete in the Southern Section preliminaries at Mt.
In Saturday's preliminaries, the Cowboys were hobbled by injuries to freshmen Lauren Walker (Achilles' tendon) and Alysia Johnson (hip flexor) and illness striking junior Barrie Truex.
1 runner for the first time in the Golden League championships, repeated the feat with a runner-up heat effort in 18:45 in the Division I preliminaries.