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Noun: prelims  'pree,limz
  1. Written matter preceding the main text of a book
    - front matter
Noun: prelim  'pree,lim
  1. A minor match preceding the main event
    - preliminary
  2. An examination taken by graduate students to determine their fitness to continue
    - preliminary examination, preliminary exam

Type of: athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics, exam, examination, matter, test

Encyclopedia: Prelims