Postpone something, suspend a parliamentary session without dissolving parliament.
The Emperor might prorogue, adjourn, or dissolve the House of Representatives, whose sittings were to be public.
Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne, Memoirs of Napoleon. Amazon
The governor shall have power to convene, prorogue, and dissolve the general assembly when, in his opinion, it shall be expedient.
Max Farrand, The Fathers of the Constitution. Amazon
On Tuesday night after permission to prorogue was obtained, audiences for the One, Six and 10 o'clock bulletins all fell when compared with the same day the previous week. Newsnight and Channel 4 News were static with 900,000 viewers apiece, and only ITN's 10.30 bulletin managed an increase on its comparable slot with 2.8m as opposed to 2.2m viewers.
With parliament due to prorogue tomorrow, ministers are still battling to overturn other defeats by Lords on the enterprise bill, the animal health bill and the nationality, asylum and immigration bill.
Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, 6 November 2002. Guardian
The opinion prevails in parliamentary circles that if no definite decision as to Italy's participation in the war is reached previous to May 12, the date upon which the Chamber of Deputies reconvenes, Parliament will be prorogued.