plural prolations
obsolete : utterance
the prolation of the words of benedictionJohn Lloyd
or prolatio music : the relationship between the semibreve and the minim in mensural notation

Note: In major prolation the semibreve is divided into three minims, whereas in minor prolation it is divided into two.

compare modus, tempus

Word History


Latin prolation-, prolatio, from prolatus + -ion-, -io -ion

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prolation was in the 14th century

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“Prolation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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