After preluding a little, I drew my pages from my pocket and read my verses to him.
I heard him often preluding in a wonderfully-beautiful manner.
It is not the preluding such an election with public prayer that would make it a religious act.
The orchestra was preluding with the slow harmonies of a waltz.
He was heating them, preluding a score, passing from it to another.
Beethoven said to me, "I thought Himmel had just been preluding."
I am sure she will give us something lovely; see, she is preluding with her airs and graces.
For the word has peculiar reference to preluding on the lyre.
In the midst of silence, with no preluding sound, he is wrapped in sudden light.
What a vast amount of posturing and preluding, of backing and filling!
1560s, from Middle French prélude "notes sung or played to test the voice or instrument" (1530s), from Medieval Latin preludium "prelude, preliminary," from Latin praeludere "to play beforehand for practice, preface," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Purely musical sense first attested in English 1650s. Related: Prelusion.