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Definition 1: music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera - [noun denoting communication]

(prelude is a kind of ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

(... is a kind of prelude ) a composition for organ using a chorale as a basis for variations

Definition 2: something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows - [noun denoting event]

Samples where prelude or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • training is a necessary preliminary to employment
  • drinks were the overture to dinner

Synonyms for prelude in the sense of this definition

(prelude is a kind of ...) an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events

Definition 3: play as a prelude - [verb of creation]

(prelude is a kind of ...) replay (as a melody)

"Play it again, Sam" "She played the third movement very beautifully"

(prelude belongs to category ...) musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

"his music was his central interest"

Definition 4: serve as a prelude or opening to - [verb of stative]

(prelude is a kind of ...) serve a purpose, role, or function

"The tree stump serves as a table" "The female students served as a control group" "This table would serve very well" "His freedom served him well" "The table functions as a desk"

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