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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prelude \Pre*lude"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preluded; p. pr. & vb. n. Preluding.] [L. praeludere, praelusum; prae before + ludere to play: cf. F. pr['e]luder. See Ludicrous.] To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance; to serve as prelude. [1913 Webster] The musicians preluded on their instruments. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster] We are preluding too largely, and must come at once to the point. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]