1. The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition.
I speak in prose, and let him rymes make. --Chaucer.
Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. --Milton.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry, that is; prose -- words in their best order; poetry -- the best order. --Coleridge.
2. Hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
3. R. C. Ch. A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See Sequence.
1. Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as, prose composition.
2. Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of life.
Prose, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prosed p. pr. & vb. n. Prosing.]
1. To write in prose.
2. To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
Prose, v. i.
1. To write prose.
Prosing or versing, but chiefly this latter. --Milton.
n 1: ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
2: matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression