overture definition

  • noun:
    • songs An instrumental composition meant especially as an introduction to a protracted work, like an opera or oratorio.
    • songs an identical orchestral work designed for separate concert overall performance.
    • An introductory section or component, as of a poem; a prelude.
    • An act, provide, or proposal that indicates ability to undertake a training course of activity or open a relationship.
    • An opening; an aperture; a hole.
    • An open destination.
    • orifice; disclosure; discovery.
    • In music, an orchestral movement precisely serving as a prelude or introduction to a long work, as an opera or oratorio.
    • Something agreed to open the best way to some summary; one thing suggested for acceptance or getting rejected; a proposal: because, to help make overtures of comfort.
    • particularly Eccles., in Presbyterian church legislation, an official proposition submitted to an ecclesiastical courtroom.
    • Synonyms Proposition, etc. See proposition.
    • a tentative advice made to generate the reactions of others
    • orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
    • a thing that functions as a preceding event or introduces what follows
  • verb-transitive:
    • presenting as an introduction or proposition.
    • to provide or make an offer or proposition to.
    • to create an overture to.
  • others:
    • An opening or aperture; a recess; a chamber.
    • Disclosure; breakthrough; revelation.
    • A proposal; an offer; a proposition formally presented for consideration, acceptance, or getting rejected.
    • A composition, for the full orchestra, designed as an introduction to an oratorio, opera, or ballet, or as an unbiased piece; -- known as into the second case a concert overture.
    • Eccles., to submit an overture to. See overture, n., 6.

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