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1. A preliminary exercise.
2. An essay written as a preface to a more detailed work.

[Latin prōlūsiō, prōlūsiōn-, from prōlūsus, past participle of prōlūdere, to practice beforehand : prō-, before; see pro-1 + lūdere, to play; see leid- in Indo-European roots.]

pro·lu′so·ry (-sə-rē, -zə-) adj.


1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a preliminary written exercise
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an introductory essay, sometimes of a slight or tentative nature
[C17: from Latin prōlūsiō preliminary exercise, from prōlūdere to practise beforehand, from pro-1 + lūdere to play]
prolusory adj


(proʊˈlu ʒən)

1. an essay or article preliminary to a more exhaustive work.
2. a prelude; any preliminary or introductory event.
[1595–1605; < Latin prōlūsiō rehearsal =prōlūd(ere) to rehearse, be a prelude to (prō- pro-1 + lūdere to play; compare prelude) + -tiō -tion]
pro•lu′so•ry (-sə ri, -zə-) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prolusion - a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
text, textual matter - the words of something written; "there were more than a thousand words of text"; "they handed out the printed text of the mayor's speech"; "he wants to reconstruct the original text"
introduction - the first section of a communication
2.prolusion - exercising in preparation for strenuous activityprolusion - exercising in preparation for strenuous activity
preparation, readying - the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun"
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Prolusion academica sobre el origen y progresos de la astronomia hasta nuestra edad .
He begins by asking Raphael about the disproportion in the cosmic economy (a point Milton dealt with in the seventh Prolusion delivered at Cambridge University), that is the smallness of the earth compared to the bright stars which seem to be at its service as they orbit:
Lo mismo sucede en el capitulo dedicado a petimetres y petimetras, un modelo social que, segun Molina argumenta de forma convincente, continua proliferando aun despues de la Guerra de la Independencia, como prueba presentando una prolusion de estampas satiricas en su complejo entramado cultural.
For a fuller discussion of Milton's sixth Prolusion and
But a little over a decade later, Britain's commanding lead in jet prolusion had been frittered away - a state of affairs military historian Holland is clearly none too happy about.
Concluding, in March 1958, the prolusion to the First Seminar of American Studies, Bruno Leoni said:
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For example, they reconstruct Milton's participation in raucous college disputations, especially his most famous Prolusion that ends with "At a Vacation Exercise," by explaining the conventions of the "salting" and by untangling the story of drunken students who tumbled into (or urinated in) the King's Ditch (59-60).
pretension de tutela juridica, hasta la conocida prolusion de Chiovenda
I had been struck when we read Prolusion VI, an end-of-semester Latin oration Milton delivered, that he had a great sense of humor.
13) From his early days at Cambridge where he wrote his third Prolusion titled An Attack on the Scholastic Philosophy, until his publication of The Likeliest Means to Remove Hirelings Out of the Church in 1659 toward the end of his public career in politics, Milton condemned theological arguments conducted by way of "scholastical trash" (CPW 7:317).
elegies, an eminently capable sixth prolusion, various smaller poems and