Pref·ace, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prefaced p. pr. & vb. n. Prefacing.] To introduce by a preface; to give a preface to; as, to preface a book discourse.
Pref·ace, v. i. To make a preface.
1. Something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or written as introductory to a book or essay; a proem; an introduction, or series of preliminary remarks.
This superficial tale
Is but a preface of her worthy praise. --Shak.
Heaven's high behest no preface needs. --Milton.
2. R. C. Ch. The prelude or introduction to the canon of the Mass.
Proper preface Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch., a portion of the communion service, preceding the prayer of consecration, appointed for certain seasons.
Syn: -- Introduction; preliminary; preamble; proem; prelude; prologue.
n : a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
[syn: foreword, prolusion]
v : furnish with a preface or introduction; "She always precedes
her lectures with a joke"; "He prefaced his lecture with
a critical remark about the institution" [syn: precede,