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

  Preface \Pref"ace\ (?; 48), n. [F. pr['e]face; cf. Sp. prefacio,
     prefacion, It. prefazio, prefazione; all fr. L. praefatio,
     fr. praefari to speak or say beforehand; prae before + fari,
     fatus, to speak. See Fate.]
     1. Something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or
        written as introductory to a book or essay; a proem; an
        introduction, or series of preliminary remarks.
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              This superficial tale
              Is but a preface of her worthy praise. --Shak.
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              Heaven's high behest no preface needs. --Milton.
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     2. (R. C. Ch.) The prelude or introduction to the canon of
        the Mass. --Addis & Arnold.
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     Proper preface (Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch.), a portion
        of the communion service, preceding the prayer of
        consecration, appointed for certain seasons.
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     Syn: Introduction; preliminary; preamble; proem; prelude;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preface \Pref"ace\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prefaced; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Prefacing.]
     To introduce by a preface; to give a preface to; as, to
     preface a book discourse.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preface \Pref"ace\, v. i.
     To make a preface. --Jer. Taylor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
           [syn: foreword, preface, prolusion]
      v 1: furnish with a preface or introduction; "She always
           precedes her lectures with a joke"; "He prefaced his
           lecture with a critical remark about the institution" [syn:
           precede, preface, premise, introduce]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  105 Moby Thesaurus words for "preface":
     acknowledgments, anteriority, avant-propos, back, back matter,
     bastard title, begin, bibliography, bold front, brave face,
     brave front, breakthrough, catch line, catchword, colophon,
     contents, contents page, copyright page, dedication, display,
     endleaf, endpaper, endsheet, errata, exordium, facade, face, facet,
     facia, flyleaf, folio, fore, fore edge, forefront, foreground,
     forehand, foreland, forepart, forequarter, foreside, foreword,
     front, front elevation, front man, front matter, front page,
     front view, frontage, frontal, frontier, frontispiece,
     half-title page, head, heading, imprint, index, innovation,
     inscription, introduce, introduction, lap, lead, leaf, leap,
     makeup, obverse, open, overture, page, postulate, preamble,
     precede, prefix, prefixture, preliminaries, preliminary, prelude,
     premise, presupposition, priority, proem, prolegomena,
     prolegomenon, prolepsis, prologize, prologue, proscenium, protasis,
     recto, reverso, running title, signature, subtitle,
     table of contents, tail, text, title, title page, trim size,
     type page, usher, verse, verso, voluntary, window dressing

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