What does prose mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prose(noun)

    ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

  2. prose(noun)

    matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression

Wiktionary

  1. prose(Noun)

    Language, particularly written language, not intended as poetry.

    Though known mostly for her prose, she also produced a small body of excellent poems.

  2. prose(Verb)

    to write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prose(noun)

    the ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition

  2. Prose(noun)

    hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse

  3. Prose(noun)

    a hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See Sequence

  4. Prose(adj)

    pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as, prose composition

  5. Prose(adj)

    possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of life

  6. Prose(verb)

    to write in prose

  7. Prose(verb)

    to write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way

  8. Prose(verb)

    to write prose

  9. Origin: [F. prose, L. prosa, fr. prorsus, prosus, straight forward, straight on, for proversus; pro forward + versus, p. p. of vertere to turn. See Verse.]

Freebase

  1. Prose

    Prose is a form of language which applies ordinary grammatical structure and natural flow of speech rather than rhythmic structure. While there are critical debates on the construction of prose, its simplicity and loosely defined structure has led to its adoption for the majority of spoken dialogue, factual discourse as well as topical and fictional writing. It is commonly used, for example, in literature, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, broadcasting, film, history, philosophy, law and many other forms of communication.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prose

    prōz, n. the direct, straightforward arrangement of words, free from poetical measures: ordinary spoken and written language: all writings not in verse.—adj. pertaining to prose: not poetical: plain: dull.—v.i. to write prose: to speak or write tediously.—v.t. to compose in prose.—ns. Prose′-man, Prō′ser, Prose′-writ′er, a writer of prose.—adv. Prō′sily, in a prosy manner: tediously.—ns. Prō′siness, the state or quality of being prosy; Prō′sing, speaking or writing in a dull or prosy way.—adj. Prō′sy, dull, tedious. [Fr.,—L. prosaprorsus, straightforward—pro, forward, vertĕre, versum, to turn.]

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Anagrams for prose »

  1. opers, pores, poser, preso, reops, ropes, spore

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prose in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Hare:

    The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry.

  2. Walter Savage Landor:

    Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.

  3. Samuel McChord Crothers:

    A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose.

  4. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    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 words in the best order.

  5. Iowa President Barack Obama:

    (S)he’s extraordinarily experienced — and, you know, wicked smart and knows every policy inside and out — (and) sometimes (that) could make her more cautious, and her campaign more prose than poetry.

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