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Meaning of PROSE

Pronunciation:  prowz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
  2. [n]  matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression

PROSE is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: euphuism, expressive style, genre, interior monologue, literary genre, nonfiction, nonfictional prose, polyphonic prose, prose poem, stream of consciousness, style, writing style



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
             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}.
  2. \Prose\, a.
    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.
  3. \Prose\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prosed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To write in prose.
    2. To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
  4. \Prose\, v. i.
    1. To write prose.
             Prosing or versing, but chiefly this latter.
Computing Dictionary

1. PROblem Solution Engineering. Numerical problems including differentiation and integration. "Computing in Calculus", J. Thames, Research/Development 26(5) (May 1975).

2. A constraints-and-sequencing system similar to Kaleidoscope. "Reflexive Constraints for Dynamic Knowledge Bases", P. Berlandier et al in Proc First Intl CS Conf '88: AI: Theory and Appls, Dec 1988.