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pro·logue

also pro·log  (prō′lôg′, -lŏg′)
n.
1. An introduction or preface, especially a poem recited to introduce a play.
2. An introduction or introductory chapter, as to a novel.
3. An introductory act, event, or period.

[Middle English prolog, from Old French prologue, from Latin prologus, from Greek prologos : pro-, before; see pro-2 + logos, speech; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

prologue

(ˈprəʊlɒɡ) or

prolog

n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms)
a. the prefatory lines introducing a play or speech
b. the actor speaking these lines
2. a preliminary act or event
3. (Classical Music) (in early opera)
a. an introductory scene in which a narrator summarizes the main action of the work
b. a brief independent play preceding the opera, esp one in honour of a patron
vb, -logues, -loguing or -logued, -logs, -loging or -loged
(tr) to introduce or preface with or as if with a prologue
[C13: from Latin prologus, from Greek prologos, from pro-2 + logos discourse]

pro•logue

or pro•log

(ˈproʊ lɔg, -lɒg)

n., v. -logued, -logu•ing. n.
1. a preface or introductory part of a discourse, poem, or novel.
2.
a. an introductory speech or scene in a play or opera.
b. the person or persons who perform this.
3. anything that serves as a preamble or introduction.
v.t.
4. to introduce with or as if with a prologue.
[1250–1300; Middle English prolog(u)e (< Old French) < Latin prōlogus < Greek prólogos. See pro-2, -logue]
pro′logu•ist, pro′log•ist, n.

prologue


Past participle: prologued
Gerund: prologuing

Imperative
prologue
prologue
Present
I prologue
you prologue
he/she/it prologues
we prologue
you prologue
they prologue
Preterite
I prologued
you prologued
he/she/it prologued
we prologued
you prologued
they prologued
Present Continuous
I am prologuing
you are prologuing
he/she/it is prologuing
we are prologuing
you are prologuing
they are prologuing
Present Perfect
I have prologued
you have prologued
he/she/it has prologued
we have prologued
you have prologued
they have prologued
Past Continuous
I was prologuing
you were prologuing
he/she/it was prologuing
we were prologuing
you were prologuing
they were prologuing
Past Perfect
I had prologued
you had prologued
he/she/it had prologued
we had prologued
you had prologued
they had prologued
Future
I will prologue
you will prologue
he/she/it will prologue
we will prologue
you will prologue
they will prologue
Future Perfect
I will have prologued
you will have prologued
he/she/it will have prologued
we will have prologued
you will have prologued
they will have prologued
Future Continuous
I will be prologuing
you will be prologuing
he/she/it will be prologuing
we will be prologuing
you will be prologuing
they will be prologuing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been prologuing
you have been prologuing
he/she/it has been prologuing
we have been prologuing
you have been prologuing
they have been prologuing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been prologuing
you will have been prologuing
he/she/it will have been prologuing
we will have been prologuing
you will have been prologuing
they will have been prologuing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been prologuing
you had been prologuing
he/she/it had been prologuing
we had been prologuing
you had been prologuing
they had been prologuing
Conditional
I would prologue
you would prologue
he/she/it would prologue
we would prologue
you would prologue
they would prologue
Past Conditional
I would have prologued
you would have prologued
he/she/it would have prologued
we would have prologued
you would have prologued
they would have prologued

prologue

An introductory section explaining what happens before the main action.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prologue - an introduction to a play
introduction - the first section of a communication
dramatic composition, dramatic work - a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.

prologue

noun introduction, preliminary, prelude, preface, preamble, foreword, proem, exordium The prologue to the novel is written in the form of a newspaper account.

prologue

noun
A short section of preliminary remarks:
Translations
تَمْهيد، مُقَدِّمَه
prolog
prolog
prológus
formáli, aîfaraorî
prologas
prologs
prológ

prologue

prolog (US) [ˈprəʊlɒg] N (lit, fig) → prólogo m (to de)

prologue

[ˈprəʊlɒg] nprologue m
the prologue to sth [+ novel, play] → le prologue à qch

prologue

, (US) prolog
nProlog m; (of book)Vorwort nt; (fig)Vorspiel nt

prologue

prolog (Am) [ˈprəʊlɒg] nprologo

prologue

(ˈprəulog) noun
an introduction, especially to a play.
References in classic literature ?
First in time among his poems of these years stands 'The Legend of Good Women,' a series of romantic biographies of famous ladies of classical legend and history, whom it pleases Chaucer to designate as martyrs of love; but more important than the stories themselves is the Prolog, where he chats with delightful frankness about his own ideas and tastes.
His mind and eye were keen, besides, for moral qualities; he penetrated directly through all the pretenses of falsehood and hypocrisy; while how thoroughly he understood and respected honest worth appears in the picture of the Poor Parson in the Prolog to 'The Canterbury Tales.' Himself quiet and self-contained, moreover, Chaucer was genial and sympathetic toward all mankind.
It is a commonplace to say that the Prolog to 'The Canterbury Tales' presents in its twenty portraits virtually every contemporary English class except the very lowest, made to live forever in the finest series of character sketches preserved anywhere in literature; and in his other work the same power appears in only less conspicuous degree.
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(Horn clause logic is the subset of predicate calculus that is the theoretical basis of Prolog.) Continuing from the previous definitions, Hoare defines a program: "A program is just a predicate expressed using a restricted subset of connectives, codified as a programming language." If "a restrictive subset of connectives" is replaced by "a restricted subset of predicate calculus," namely, Horn clause logic, then the specification is a logic program, and no coding is necessary.
It is now becoming recognized that Prolog is a good thing for database applications, problem solving, expert systems,natural-language parsing, and compiler writing.
The above criticism of Prolog, while not totally justified, is unjustly extended by association to logic programming.