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overture
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War and Peace
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  • The curtain had not yet risen and the overture was being played.
  • Just then the last chords of the overture were heard and the conductor tapped with his stick.

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  • The moan of that wounded beast (the French army) which betrayed its calamitous condition was the sending of Lauriston to Kutuzov’s camp with overtures for peace.

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as in: played the William Tell Overture Define
orchestral music played as an introduction to a longer piece -- especially an opera or oratorio
as in: he made an overture Define
a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
as in: the play's overture Define
any beginning or introduction -- such as a written introduction for a play, poem, or other literary work
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