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

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

  2. Prose(noun)

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

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

  3. Prose(noun)

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

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

  4. Prose(adj)

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

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

  5. Prose(adj)

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

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

  6. Prose(verb)

    to write in prose

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

  7. Prose(verb)

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

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

  8. Prose(verb)

    to write prose

    Etymology: [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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  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

Examples of prose in a Sentence

  1. David Hare:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Unknown:

    A novel is a piece of prose of a certain length with something wrong with it.

  4. Paul Valery:

    ...in song the words tend to lose their significance, do often lose it, while at the other extreme, in current prose it is the musical value that tends to disappear - so that verse stands symmetrically, as it were, between song, on the one hand, and prose on the other - and is thus admirably and delicately balanced between the sensual and the intellectual power of language.

  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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