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. [1913 Webster]

I speak in prose, and let him rymes make. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse. [1913 Webster]

3. (R. C. Ch.) A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See {Sequence}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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