Before a moment occurs 


a pool of light,  forms slowly 

under a corner streetlight


the first movement of a symphony unfolds, 

as strings swell 


a wave of perfume floats into the room

seconds ahead of her entrance 


Before moments occur, 

actions are set into motion



Did you really think your fingertips on my arm had no


Pri"or (?), a. [L. prior former, previous, better, superior; compar. corresponding to primus first, and pro for. See Former, and cf. Prime, a., and Pre-, Pro-.]

Preceding in the order of time; former; antecedent; anterior; previous; as, a prior discovery; prior obligation; -- used elliptically in cases like the following: he lived alone [in the time] prior to his marriage.


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Pri"or, n. [OE. priour, OF. priour, prior, priur, F. prieur, from L. prior former, superior. See Prior, a.] (Eccl.)

The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity.

Conventical, or Conventual, prior, a prior who is at the head of his own house. See the Note under Priory. --
Claustral prior, an official next in rank to the abbot in a monastery; prior of the cloisters.


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Pri"or (?), a.

First, precedent, or superior in the order of cognition, reason or generality, origin, development, rank, etc.


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