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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Overture  \O"ver*ture\,  [OF.  overture,  F.  ouverture,  fr  OF 
  ovrir  F.  ouvrir  See  {Overt}.] 
  1.  An  opening  or  aperture;  a  recess;  a  recess;  a  chamber. 
  [Obs.]  --Spenser.  ``The  cave's  inmost  overture.'' 
  2.  Disclosure;  discovery;  revelation.  [Obs.] 
  It  was  he  That  made  the  overture  of  thy  treasons  to 
  us  --Shak. 
  3.  A  proposal;  an  offer;  a  proposition  formally  submitted  for 
  consideration,  acceptance,  or  rejection.  ``The  great 
  overture  of  the  gospel.''  --Barrow. 
  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 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Overture  \O"ver*ture\,  v.  t. 
  To  make  an  overture  to  as  to  overture  a  religious  body  on 
  some  subject. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  orchestral  music  played  at  the  begining  of  an  opera  or 
  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}, 
  3:  a  tentative  suggestion  designed  to  elicit  the  reactions  of 
  others  "she  rejected  his  advances"  [syn:  {advance},  {approach}, 

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