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The move is seen as a prelude to a declaration of war.
  something that prepares for or introduces what is to follow


music #1:  an introductory piece of music — such as might introduce an act of an opera


music #2:  a short independent piece of music — typically for piano
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prelude preludes preluded preluding preluder
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  • The move is seen as a prelude to a declaration of war.
  • a prelude to dictatorship
  • the Prelude to Act 1 of La Traviata
  • Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C-Sharp Minor

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  • My favorite song by Duke Ellington’s is Prelude to a Kiss.
  • Vosch draws out the word, a prelude.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • That’s a prelude to sex if ever there was one."
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • If the music Bod had heard until then was a prelude, it was a prelude no longer.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • A cold December drizzle was falling as I stood in my place and listened to the loud blare of the prelude music for our daily exercises.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • I’d already recorded it once, along with a Chopin etude and a Bach prelude and fugue, but I wasn’t happy with the sonata and wanted to record it again.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility

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  • We always get in here and to our places before the organ prelude.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • Some felt it was not a prelude to arrest.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Sophie was utterly confounded, watching him, having thought that the by-play with the chocolate might have been the prelude to something more intimate.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Maybe it was just I’d sobered up a bit, no longer the chronic waste and splendor of those blazing adolescent drunks, our own little warrior tribe of two rampaging in the desert; maybe this was just how it was when you got older, although it was impossible to imagine Boris (in Warsaw, Karmeywallag, New Guinea, wherever) living a sedate prelude-to-adulthood life such as the one I’d fallen into.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He stepped forward to sniff her, which she hoped wasn’t the prelude to taking a good, hard bite.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The person, whoever it was, gave a small cough, evidently as a prelude to speaking.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Rudy understood nothing, and that night was the prelude of things to come.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • All were silent, expectant of what was to follow, for this was dearly only a prelude.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The two ladies entered the drawing-room with that sort of official stiffness which preludes a formal communication.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • That means that this good-bye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • I had already been out many hours and felt the torment of a burning thirst, a prelude to my other sufferings.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Nearly a prelude, but not quite.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • If it were not the prelude to a tragedy, their back-and-forth would resemble an Abbott and Costello comedy routine.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The questions are only a prelude to what he really wants: trouble.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Perhaps this step, this quitting, was the prelude to my next decision, my greater shame.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • If the cat had been poisoned, might not this act have been a small, malicious prelude to the murders?
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • But the seduction is merely a prelude to the feast.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The hilarious gaiety changed swiftly at the closing bars, and the drummer rattled his sticks in the inevitable prelude to God Save the King.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • With this view he gave a kick at the outside, by way of prelude; and, then, applying his mouth to the keyhole, said, in a deep and impressive tone: ’Oliver!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Which is always a prelude to the age of the cave.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Then she played the prelude and said "Now, Maria!" and Maria, blushing very much began to sing in a tiny quavering voice.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Is this the prelude to some hackneyed saw?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • And so thousands upon thousands of Jews in both eastern and western Europe began to look upon the Chmielnicki disaster as the prelude to the coming of the Messiah.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Miss Ingram, who had now seated herself with proud grace at the piano, spreading out her snowy robes in queenly amplitude, commenced a brilliant prelude; talking meantime.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • That last prelude!
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • But thereupon he immediately began to prelude, and fell into the tune which he knew would be taken as a special compliment by Mr. Lammeter.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • But others like it, and find in it mystery and fascination, and prelude to adventure, and an intimation of the unknown.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • The harping chords of prelude closed.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Unfortunately, as he advanced, his anger increased at every step; and instead of the proper and lofty speech he had prepared as a prelude to his challenge, he found nothing at the tip of his tongue but a gross personality, which he accompanied with a furious gesture.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • A herald gave a shapely cithern harp to Phemios, whom they compelled to sing- and what a storm he plucked upon the strings for prelude!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But I was so determined not to try, not to be anybody different that I learned to play only the most ear-splitting preludes, the most discordant hymns.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • A lively prelude arose from the musicians on the water; and two ushers with white wands marched with a slow and stately pace from the portal.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • It was what is said in the bower, a prelude to what will be said in the chamber; a lyrical effusion, strophe and sonnet intermingled, pleasing hyperboles of cooing, all the refinements of adoration arranged in a bouquet and exhaling a celestial perfume, an ineffable twitter of heart to heart.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So that her wedding, one of the most spectacular of the final years of the last century, was for her the prelude to horror.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • At length the death-stricken old man lay quietly in the torpor of mental and bodily exhaustion, with an imperceptible pulse, and breath that grew fainter and fainter, except when a long, deep, and irregular inspiration seemed to prelude the flight of his spirit.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • "For my part," said the barber, "I give my word here and before God that I will not repeat what your worship says, to King, Rook or earthly man—an oath I learned from the ballad of the curate, who, in the prelude, told the king of the thief who had robbed him of the hundred gold crowns and his pacing mule."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The sounds like creeping footsteps never brought anything into view, the tapping was no prelude to anything at all, nor were the occasional dragging noises; they were beyond explanation, but also, luckily, apparently beyond manifestation, too, and at length, in spite of them all I found my eyes blinking as I swayed on my stool.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Or even a prelude to one.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • A sudden burst of music issued from the ark, the prelude of a waltz: and when the side door closed again the listener could hear the faint rhythm of the music.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • He knew for certain now why the strange gift had been made, knew what it signified: the prelude to a jamboree, the dressing-up that heralded the start of a ritual dance.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
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