Prose

Definition of Prose

n.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.
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.
v. t.1.To write in prose.
[imp. & p. p. Prosed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prosing.]
2.To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
v. i.1.To write prose.
Prosing or versing, but chiefly this latter.
- Milton.

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