What does prose mean?

Definitions for prose
proʊzpros·e

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosenoun

    ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

  2. prosenoun

    matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression

Wiktionary

  1. prosenoun

    Language, particularly written language, not intended as poetry.

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

  2. proseverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prosenoun

    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. Prosenoun

    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. Prosenoun

    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. Proseadjective

    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. Proseadjective

    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. Proseverb

    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. Proseverb

    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. Proseverb

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

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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. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Every person has the right to throw the home rubbish in the dustbin. Similarly, the mental rubbish through prose and poetry also can throw. We say that, too, as the freedom of writing and speech. The guilt is ours, why do we put our hands, in the trash.

  2. Unknown:

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

  3. Louis-Ferdinand Céline:

    To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!

  4. George Orwell:

    Good prose is like a window-pane

  5. 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.

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