Prefixion to Prelude
(Pre*fix"ion) n. [Cf. OF. prefixion.] The act of prefixing. [R.] Bailey.
(Pre`flo*ra"tion) n. [Pref. pre- + L. flos, floris, flower.] (Bot.) Æstivation.
(Pre*fo`li*a"tion) n. [Pref. pre- + L. folium leaf.] (Bot.) Vernation.
(Pre*form") v. t. [L. praeformare. See Pre-, and Form.] To form beforehand, or for special
ends. "Their natures and preformed faculties. " Shak.
(Pre`for*ma"tion) n. (Biol.) An old theory of the preëxistence of germs. Cf. Emboîtement.
(Pre*form"a*tive) n. A formative letter at the beginning of a word. M. Stuart.
(Pre*fron"tal) a. (Anat. & Zoöl.) Situated in front of the frontal bone, or the frontal region
of the skull; ectethmoid, as a certain bone in the nasal capsule of many animals, and certain scales of
reptiles and fishes. n. A prefrontal bone or scale.
(Pre*ful"gen*cy) n. [L. praefulgens, p. pr. of praefulgere to shine forth. See Pre-, and
Fulgent.] Superior brightness or effulgency. [R.] Barrow.
(Pre*gage") v. t. To preëngage. [Obs.] Fuller.
(Pre*gla"cial) a. (Geol.) Prior to the glacial or drift period.
(Preg"na*ble) a., [F. prenable. See Impregnable.] Capable of being entered, taken, or
captured; expugnable; as, a pregnable fort. [R.] Cotgrave.
(Preg"nance) n. Pregnancy. [Obs.] Milton.
1. The condition of being pregnant; the state of being with young.
2. Figuratively: The quality of being heavy with important contents, issue, significance, etc.; unusual consequence
or capacity; fertility. Fuller.
(Preg"nant) a. [L. praegnans, -antis; prae before + genere, gignere, to beget: cf. F. prégnant.
See Gender, 2d Kin.]
1. Being with young, as a female; having conceived; great with young; breeding; teeming; gravid; preparing
to bring forth.
2. Heavy with important contents, significance, or issue; full of consequence or results; weighty; as, pregnant
replies. " A pregnant argument." Prynne. " A pregnant brevity." E. Everett.
3. Full of promise; abounding in ability, resources, etc.; as, a pregnant youth. [Obs.] Evelyn.
Wherein the pregnant enemy does much.Shak. Pregnant construction (Rhet.), one in which more is implied than is said; as, the beasts trembled
forth from their dens, that is, came forth trembling with fright.
(Preg"nant), n. A pregnant woman. [R.] Dunglison.
(Preg"nant), a. [F. prenant taking. Cf. Pregnable.] Affording entrance; receptive; yielding; willing; open; prompt.
[Obs.] " Pregnant to good pity." Shak.