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 for overture
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. Disclosure; discovery; revelation. [Obs.]
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              It was he
              That made the overture of thy treasons to us.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. A proposal; an offer; a proposition formally submitted for
        consideration, acceptance, or rejection. "The great
        overture of the gospel." --Barrow.
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     4. (Mus.) A composition, for a full orchestra, designed as an
        introduction to an oratorio, opera, or ballet, or as an
        independent piece; -- called in the latter case a concert
        overture.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Overture \O"ver*ture\, v. t.
     To make an overture to; as, to overture a religious body on
     some subject.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  overture
      n 1: orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or
           oratorio
      2: something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what
         follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment";
         "drinks were the overture to dinner" [syn: preliminary,
         overture, prelude]
      3: a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of
         others; "she rejected his advances" [syn: overture,
         advance, approach, feeler]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "overture":
     Vorspiel, advance, approach, asking price, avant-propos, bid,
     breakthrough, concert overture, curtain raiser, descant,
     dramatic overture, exordium, feeler, foreword, front matter,
     frontispiece, innovation, introduction, invitation, leap, offer,
     offering, operatic overture, overtures, postulate, preamble,
     preface, prefix, prefixture, preliminary, preliminary approach,
     prelude, premise, presentation, presupposition, proem, proffer,
     prolegomena, prolegomenon, prolepsis, prologue, proposal,
     proposition, protasis, submission, tender, tentative approach,
     vamp, verse, voluntary
  
  

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