pre·lude /ˈprɛlˌjud, ˈprel; ˈprɛˌlud, ˈpre; ||ˈpriˌlud/
Pre·lude n. An introductory performance, preceding and preparing for the principal matter; a preliminary part, movement, strain, etc.; especially Mus., a strain introducing the theme or chief subject; a movement introductory to a fugue, yet independent; -- with recent composers often synonymous with overture.
The last Georgic was a good prelude to the Aenis --Addison.
The cause is more than the prelude, the effect is more than the sequel, of the fact. --Whewell.
Syn: -- Preface; introduction; preliminary; preamble; forerunner; harbinger; precursor.
Pre·lude v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preluded; p. pr. & vb. n. Preluding.] To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance; to serve as prelude.
The musicians preluded on their instruments. --Sir. W. Scott.
We are preluding too largely, and must come at once to the point. --Jeffrey.
Pre·lude, v. t.
1. To introduce with a previous performance; to play or perform a prelude to; as, to prelude a concert with a lively air.
2. To serve as prelude to; to precede as introductory.
[Music] preluding some great tragedy. --Longfellow
n 1: something that serves as a preceding event or introduces
what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to
employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner" [syn:
2: music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera
v 1: serve as a prelude or opening to
2: play as a prelude