overture

  • 1 overture — n Overture, approach, advance, tender, bid are words of somewhat indefinite application covering a vari ety of acts or actions by which one person or party tries to gain the goodwill of another person or party. Overture implies an attempt to… …

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  • 2 Overture — O ver*ture, [OF. overture, F. ouverture, fr. OF. ovrir, F. ouvrir. See {Overt}.] 1. An opening or aperture; a recess; a chamber. [Obs.] Spenser. The cave s inmost overture. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. Disclosure; discovery; revelation. [Obs.]… …

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  • 3 Overture — «Overture from Tommy» Sencillo de The Who del álbum Tommy Lado A «See Me, Feel Me» Publicación …

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  • 4 Overture — O ver*ture, v. t. To make an overture to; as, to overture a religious body on some subject. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Overture! — Album par Wink Sortie 1er juillet 1994 Durée 43:47 …

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  • 6 Overture — Chanson par The Who extrait de l’album Tommy Pays  Angleterre Sortie 17 mai …

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  • 7 overture — (n.) mid 13c., an introductory proposal, from O.Fr. overture opening, proposal, from L. apertura opening, from aperire to open, uncover (see OVERT (Cf. overt)). Orchestral sense first recorded in English 1660s …

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  • 8 overture — [ō′vər chər] n. [ME, an opening < OFr < VL * opertura < L apertura,APERTURE] 1. an introductory proposal or offer; indication of willingness to negotiate 2. a) a musical introduction to an opera or other large musical work b) an… …

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  • 9 overture — I noun advance, approach, beginning, bid, condicio, exordium, foreword, initiative, introduction, invitation, motion, offer, opening of negotiations, preamble, preface, preliminary, preliminary negotiation, prelude, presentation, proem, proffer,… …

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  • 10 overture — [n] introduction, approach advance, bid, conciliatory move, exordium, foreword, invitation, offer, opening, preamble, preface, prelude, prelusion, presentation, proem, prologue, proposal, proposition, signal, suggestion, tender; concepts… …

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  • 11 overture — ► NOUN 1) an orchestral piece at the beginning of a musical work. 2) an independent orchestral composition in one movement. 3) an introduction to something more substantial. 4) (overtures) approaches made with the aim of opening negotiations or… …

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  • 12 Overture — For other uses, see Overture (disambiguation). Overture (from the French ouverture, meaning opening) in music is the instrumental introduction to a dramatic, choral or, occasionally, instrumental composition. During the early Romantic era,… …

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  • 13 overture — /oh veuhr cheuhr, choor /, n., v., overtured, overturing. n. 1. an opening or initiating move toward negotiations, a new relationship, an agreement, etc.; a formal or informal proposal or offer: overtures of peace; a shy man who rarely made… …

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  • 14 overture — n. musical introduction 1) to compose; perform, play an overture 2) an overture to introductory proposal 3) to make an overture; to make overtures to 4) to spurn smb. s overtures * * * [ əʊvətjʊə] perform play an overture to make overtures to [… …

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  • 15 overture — noun 1 (usually overtures) friendly approach ADJECTIVE ▪ friendly ▪ diplomatic, peace ▪ romantic, sexual VERB + OVERTURE …

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  • 16 overture — Synonyms and related words: Vorspiel, advance, approach, asking price, avant propos, bid, breakthrough, concert overture, curtain raiser, descant, dramatic overture, exordium, feeler, foreword, front matter, frontispiece, innovation, introduction …

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  • 17 overture — noun 1 (C) a short piece of music written as an introduction to a long piece of music, especially an opera 2 overtures an attempt to begin a friendly relationship with a person, country etc (+ of): overtures of friendship | make overtures to:… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 overture — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, literally, opening, from Anglo French, from Vulgar Latin *opertura, alteration of Latin apertura more at aperture Date: 15th century 1. a. an initiative toward agreement or action ; proposal b. something… …

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  • 19 overture — o|ver|ture [ˈəuvətjuə, tʃuə, tʃə US ˈouvərtjur, tʃur, tʃər] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: opening , from Latin apertura; APERTURE] 1.) a short piece of music written as an introduction to a long piece of music, especially an ↑opera… …

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  • 20 overture — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)tʃʊə(r)[/t]] overtures 1) N COUNT: oft in names An overture is a piece of music, often one that is the introduction to an opera or play. ...Wagner s Mastersingers Overture. 2) N COUNT: usu pl If you make overtures to someone, you… …

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