the ordinary form of spoken or written language, without metrical structure, as distinguished from poetry or verse.
matter-of-fact, commonplace, or dull expression, quality, discourse, etc.
Liturgy. a hymn sung after the gradual, originating from a practice of setting words to the jubilatio of the alleluia.
of, in, or pertaining to prose.
commonplace; dull; prosaic.
verb (used with object), prosed, prosing.
to turn into or express in prose.
verb (used without object), prosed, prosing.
to write or talk in a dull, matter-of-fact manner.

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin prōsa (ōrātiō) literally, straightforward (speech), feminine of prōsus, for prōrsus, contraction of prōversus, past participle of prōvertere to turn forward, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + vertere to turn

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prose (prəʊz)
1.  spoken or written language as in ordinary usage, distinguished from poetry by its lack of a marked metrical structure
2.  a passage set for translation into a foreign language
3.  commonplace or dull discourse, expression, etc
4.  RC Church a hymn recited or sung after the gradual at Mass
5.  (modifier) written in prose
6.  (modifier) matter-of-fact
7.  to write or say (something) in prose
8.  (intr) to speak or write in a tedious style
[C14: via Old French from Latin phrase prōsa ōrātiō straightforward speech, from prorsus prosaic, from prōvertere to turn forwards, from pro-1 + vertere to turn]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. prose (13c.), from L. prosa oratio "straightforward or direct speech" (without the ornaments of verse), from prosa, fem. of prosus, earlier prorsus "straightforward, direct," from Old L. provorsus "(moving) straight ahead," from pro- "forward" + vorsus "turned," pp. of vertere
"to turn" (see verse).
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Computing Dictionary

PROSE definition

1. PROblem Solution Engineering. Numerical problems including differentiation and integration. "Computing in Calculus", J. Thames, Research/Development 26(5) (May 1975).
2. A constraints-and-sequencing system similar to Kaleidoscope. "Reflexive Constraints for Dynamic Knowledge Bases", P. Berlandier et al in Proc First Intl CS Conf '88: AI: Theory and Appls, Dec 1988.

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Example sentences
It's a comic book kind of story anchored in novelistic prose, so it's
  definitely my kind of read.
It includes teaching prose fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry.
Public performances and popular prose works were necessary distractions from
  the writing of poetry.
Her prose is luminous, often deeply personal, and transporting in the
  pan-sensory way that only the best travel writing can be.
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