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interlude


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Interlude  \In`ter*lude\,  n.  [OE.  enterlude,  LL  interludium  LL 
  inter  between  +  ludus  play,  fr  ludere  to  play:  cf  F. 
  interlude.  See  {Ludicrous}.] 
  1.  A  short  entertainment  exhibited  on  the  stage  between  the 
  acts  of  a  play,  or  between  the  play  and  the  afterpiece,  to 
  relieve  the  tedium  of  waiting. 
 
  Dreams  are  but  interludes,  which  fancy  makes  When 
  monarch  reason  sleeps.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  A  form  of  English  drama  or  play,  usually  short,  merry,  and 
  farcical,  which  succeeded  the  Moralities  or  Moral  Plays  in 
  the  transition  to  the  romantic  or  Elizabethan  drama. 
 
  3.  (Mus.)  A  short  piece  of  instrumental  music  played  between 
  the  parts  of  a  song  or  cantata,  or  the  acts  of  a  drama; 
  especially,  in  church  music,  a  short  passage  played  by  the 
  organist  between  the  stanzas  of  a  hymn,  or  in  German 
  chorals  after  each  line 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  interlude 
  n  1:  an  intervening  period  or  episode 
  2:  a  brief  show  (music  or  dance  etc)  performed  between  the 
  sections  of  another  performance  [syn:  {intermezzo},  {entr'acte}] 
  v  1:  occur  as  an  interlude 
  2:  perform  an  interlude,  as  on  a  musical  instrument 




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