1. noun /ˈpəʊstluːd/
a) The final part of a piece; especially music played (normally on the organ) at the end of a church service.
b) A concluding passage of text or speech; an epilogue or afterword.
2. verb /ˈpəʊstluːd/
To form a postlude (to); to end with a postlude.

Mercifully never preceded by a drum-roll or postluded by a curtsey for applause, each poem seemed to arise from the surrounding prose, which Courtenay was successfully endeavouring to make sound as if it was being thought up on the spot.

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  • Postlude — Post lude, n. [Pref. post + lude, as in prelude.] (Med.) A voluntary at the end of a service. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Postlude — Un postlude (prononciation :[pɔstlyd]) est, dans le domaine de la composition musicale, le contraire du prélude (substitution du préfixe post), la conclusion écrite ou improvisée d’une œuvre musicale. Le postlude est destiné à clore une… …   Wikipédia en Français

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