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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pref·ace /ˈprɛfəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pref·ace, v. i. To make a preface.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pref·ace n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
           premise, introduce]