Prose (?), n. [F. prose, L.
prosa, fr. prorsus, prosus, straight forward,
straight on, for proversus; pro forward + versus,
p. p. of vertere to turn. See Verse.] 1.
The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not
cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from
verse, or metrical composition.
I speak in prose, and let him rymes
Things unattempted yet in prose or
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 order.
2. Hence, language which evinces little
imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
3. (R. C. Ch.) A hymn with no regular
meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See
Prose, a. 1.
Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as,
2. Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical
characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of
Prose, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Prosed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Prosing.] 1. To write in prose.
2. To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or
Prose, v. i. 1. To
Prosing or versing, but chiefly this