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English Dictionary: overture by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
overture
n
  1. orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
  2. something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"
    Synonym(s): preliminary, overture, prelude
  3. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"
    Synonym(s): overture, advance, approach, feeler
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Overture \O"ver*ture\, v. t.
      To make an overture to; as, to overture a religious body on
      some subject.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Overture \O"ver*ture\, [OF. overture, F. ouverture, fr. OF.
      ovrir, F. ouvrir. See {Overt}.]
      1. An opening or aperture; a recess; a recess; a chamber.
            [Obs.] --Spenser. [bd]The cave's inmost overture.[b8]
            --Chapman.
  
      2. Disclosure; discovery; revelation. [Obs.]
  
                     It was he That made the overture of thy treasons to
                     us.                                                   --Shak.
  
      3. A proposal; an offer; a proposition formally submitted for
            consideration, acceptance, or rejection. [bd]The great
            overture of the gospel.[b8] --Barrow.
  
      4. (Mus.) A composition, for a full orchestra, designed as an
            introduction to an oratorio, opera, or ballet, or as an
            independent piece; -- called in the latter case a {concert
            overture}.
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