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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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preludeprel‧ude /ˈpreljuːd/ noun [countable]  1 a prelude to something2 APMa short piece of music, especially one played at the beginning of a longer musical piece or before a church ceremony Chopin’s Preludes an organ prelude
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preludeThis identification was emphasized in 1483 when Gloucester took the precaution of arresting lord Stanley as a prelude to his usurpation.Computer simulations are only mechanical extensions of this verbal power, which manipulates signs and symbols as a prelude to manipulating things.Could this be a prelude to a trade war even more destructive of world prosperity than a military war?The search for the seat of divinity in man and nature is only a prelude to the aspiration for transcendence.This outing was a prelude to many more.The squall was a prelude to a fully-fledged gale, heralded well in advance by warnings from the meteorologists.Also, it is considered by many as an anachronism, mere prelude to a party on the river for Hooray Henrys.
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