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prose



Pronunciation: (prōz), [key]
n., adj., v., prosed, pros•ing.


n.
1. the ordinary form of spoken or written language, without metrical structure, as distinguished from poetry or verse.
2. matter-of-fact, commonplace, or dull expression, quality, discourse, etc.
3. Liturgy.a hymn sung after the gradual, originating from a practice of setting words to the jubilatio of the alleluia.

adj.
1. of, in, or pertaining to prose.
2. commonplace; dull; prosaic.

v.t.
to turn into or express in prose.

v.i.
to write or talk in a dull, matter-of-fact manner.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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