prones

prone

2 [prohn]
noun
a sermon or a brief hortatory introduction to a sermon, usually delivered at a service at which the Eucharist is celebrated.

Origin:
1660–70; < French prône grill, grating (separating chancel from nave); so called because notices and addresses were delivered there

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prone (prəʊn)
 
adj
1.  lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
2.  sloping or tending downwards
3.  having an inclination to do something
 
[C14: from Latin prōnus bent forward, from pro-1]
 
'pronely
 
adv
 
'proneness
 
n

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prone
1382, "naturally inclined to something, apt, liable," from L. pronus "bent forward, inclined to," from adverbial form of pro- "forward." Meaning "lying face-down" is first recorded 1578. Both lit. and fig. senses were in L.; fig. is older in Eng.
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prone (prōn)
adj.

  1. Lying with the front or face downward.

  2. Having a tendency; inclined.

adv.
In a prone manner.
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