1. Ordinary speech or writing, without metrical structure.
2. Commonplace expression or quality.
3. Roman Catholic Church A hymn of irregular meter sung before the Gospel.
intr.v. prosed, pros·ing, pros·es
1. To write prose.
2. To speak or write in a dull, tiresome style.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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