Hypertext Webster Gateway: "preparation"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Preparation \Prep`a*ra"tion\, n. [F. pr['e]paration, L.
praeparatio. See {Prepare}.]
1. The act of preparing or fitting beforehand for a
particular purpose, use, service, or condition; previous
arrangement or adaptation; a making ready; as, the
preparation of land for a crop of wheat; the preparation
of troops for a campaign.

2. The state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness;
readiness; fitness; as, a nation in good preparation for

3. That which makes ready, prepares the way, or introduces; a
preparatory act or measure.

I will show what preparations there were in nature
for this dissolution. --T. Burnet.

4. That which is prepared, made, or compounded by a certain
process or for a particular purpose; a combination.
(a) Any medicinal substance fitted for use.
(b) Anything treated for preservation or examination as a
(c) Something prepared for use in cookery.

I wish the chemists had been more sparing who
magnify their preparations. --Sir T.

In the preparations of cookery, the most
volatile parts of vegetables are destroyed.

5. An army or fleet. [Obs.] --Shak.

6. (Mus.) The holding over of a note from one chord into the
next chord, where it forms a temporary discord, until
resolved in the chord that follows; the anticipation of a
discordant note in the preceding concord, so that the ear
is prepared for the shock. See {Suspension}.

7. Accomplishment; qualification. [Obs.] --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the activity of preparing [syn: {readying}]
2: a substance prepared according to a formula [syn: {formulation}]
3: the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in
the event of something happening; "his planning for
retirement was hindered by several uncertainties" [syn: {planning},
4: activity leading to skilled behavior [syn: {training}, {grooming}]
5: preparatory school work done outside school (especially at
home) [syn: {homework}, {prep}]

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