lud-, ludi-, lus-
(Latin: play, make sport of, jest; sportive; pastime)
Ludology focuses on game designing, players, and their role in society and culture.
2. A written or spoken epilogue or a conclusion: Jacob read the postlude at the end of the book before he read the full text.
2. In music, a piece that is performed before the introduction to a musical presentation, especially such a movement preceding a fugue or forming the first piece of a suite: Johann Sebastian Bach wrote some of the most beautiful preludes Brian had ever heard.
When Tracy went to the opera, she had just a minute or two to read the program before the orchestra played the prelude.
The performance by the school choir was the prelude to the president of the school board's speech on music in the schools.3. Etymology: from Middle French prélude, "notes sung" or "played to test a voice or instrument" (1532); from Middle Latin preludium, "prelude, preliminary"; from Latin præludere, "to play beforehand for practice, to preface"; from præ-, "before" + ludere, "to play".
A good education and proper training are preluding Jim to a good career.2. To introduce a piece of music prior to a bigger composition: The pianist preluded Wilhelm Richard Wagner's opera with a short Frédéric François Chopin presentation.
3. Etymology: from Latin praeludere, "to play before"; from pre-,"before" + ludere, "to play".
2. A literary production intended as a preliminary dissertation on a subject which the author intends to treat more fully; a preliminary essay or article: The science fiction author, Mr. Dobbs, prepared a prolusion for publication in the local newspaper in anticipation of a later publication of his entire book.
2. Descriptive of an essay that is written as a preface to a more detailed work: Dirk, last year's prize winner, was invited to write the prolusory introduction for the winner of this year's competition.