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[prohn] /proʊn/
noun
1.
a sermon or a brief hortatory introduction to a sermon, usually delivered at a service at which the Eucharist is celebrated.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < French prône grill, grating (separating chancel from nave); so called because notices and addresses were delivered there
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British Dictionary definitions for prones

prone

/prəʊn/
adjective
1.
lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
2.
sloping or tending downwards
3.
having an inclination to do something
Derived Forms
pronely, adverb
proneness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōnus bent forward, from pro-1
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Word Origin and History for prones

prone

adj.

c.1400, "naturally inclined to something, apt, liable," from Latin pronus "bent forward, leaning forward, bent over," figuratively "inclined to, disposed," perhaps from adverbial form of pro- "before, for, instead of" (see pro-) + ending as in infernus, externus. Meaning "lying face-down" is first recorded 1570s. Literal and figurative senses both were in Latin; figurative is older in English. Related: Proneness.

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prones in Medicine

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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