Preluder to Preparation

(Pre*lud"er) n. One who, or that which, preludes; one who plays a prelude. Mason.

(Pre*lud"i*al) a. Of or pertaining to a prelude; of the nature of a prelude; introductory. [R.]

(Pre*lud"i*ous) a. Preludial. [R.] Dr. H. More.

(Pre*lum"bar) a. (Anat.) Situated immediately in front of the loins; — applied to the dorsal part of the abdomen.

(Pre*lu"sive) a. [See Prelude.] Of the nature of a prelude; introductory; indicating that something of a like kind is to follow. "Prelusive drops." Thomson.Pre*lu"sive*ly, adv.

(Pre*lu"so*ri*ly) adv. In a prelusory way.

(Pre*lu"so*ry) a. Introductory; prelusive. Bacon.

(Pre`ma*ture") a. [L. praematurus; prae before + maturus ripe. See Mature.]

1. Mature or ripe before the proper time; as, the premature fruits of a hotbed.

2. Happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper or usual time; adopted too soon; too early; untimely; as, a premature fall of snow; a premature birth; a premature opinion; premature decay.

3. Arriving or received without due authentication or evidence; as, a premature report.

Pre`ma*ture"ly, adv.Pre`ma*ture"ness, n.

(Pre`ma*tu"ri*ty) n. [Cf. F. prématurité.] The quality or state of being premature; early, or untimely, ripeness; as, the prematurity of genius.

(||Pre"max*il"la) n.; pl. Premaxillæ [NL. See Pre-, and Maxilla.] (Anat.) A bone on either side of the middle line between the nose and mouth, forming the anterior part of each half of the upper jawbone; the intermaxilla. In man the premaxillæ become united and form the incisor part of the maxillary bone.

(Pre*max"il*la*ry) a. (Anat.) Situated in front of the maxillary bones; pertaining to the premaxillæ; intermaxillary.n. A premaxilla.

(Pre*me"di*ate) v. t. To advocate. [R.]

(Pre*med"i*tate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Premeditated (-ta`t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. Premeditating.] [L. praemeditatus, p. p. of praemeditari; prae before + meditari to meditate. See Meditate.] To think on, and revolve in the mind, beforehand; to contrive and design previously; as, to premeditate robbery.

With words premeditated thus he said.

(Pre*med"i*tate), v. i. To think, consider, deliberate, or revolve in the mind, beforehand.

(Pre*med"i*tate) a. [L. praemeditatus, p. p.] Premeditated; deliberate. [Archaic] Bp. Burnet.

(Pre*med"i*tate*ly), adv. With premeditation. Burke.

(Pre*med`i*ta"tion) n. [L. praemeditatio: cf. F. préméditation.] The act of meditating or contriving beforehand; previous deliberation; forethought.

(Pre*mer"it) v. t. To merit or deserve beforehand. [Obs.] Eikon Basike.

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