prose


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prose \Prose\, a.
   1. Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as,
      prose composition.
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   2. Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics;
      plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of life.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prose \Prose\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prosed; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Prosing.]
   1. To write in prose.
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   2. To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prose \Prose\, v. i.
   1. To write prose.
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            Prosing or versing, but chiefly this latter.
                                                  --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prose \Prose\, n. [F. prose, L. prosa, fr. prorsus, prosus,
   straight forward, straight on, for proversus; pro forward +
   versus, p. p. of vertere to turn. See Verse.]
   1. The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing;
      language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; --
      contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition.
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            I speak in prose, and let him rymes make. --Chaucer.
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            Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. --Milton.
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            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.
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   2. Hence, language which evinces little imagination or
      animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
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   3. (R. C. Ch.) A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes
      introduced into the Mass. See Sequence.
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