Preparation Prep`a*ra"tion, n. [F. pr['e]paration, L. praeparatio. See {Prepare}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness; readiness; fitness; as, a nation in good preparation for war. [1913 Webster]

3. That which makes ready, prepares the way, or introduces; a preparatory act or measure. [1913 Webster]

I will show what preparations there were in nature for this dissolution. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

4. That which is prepared, made, or compounded by a certain process or for a particular purpose; a combination. Specifically: (a) Any medicinal substance fitted for use. (b) Anything treated for preservation or examination as a specimen. (c) Something prepared for use in cookery. [1913 Webster]

I wish the chemists had been more sparing who magnify their preparations. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

In the preparations of cookery, the most volatile parts of vegetables are destroyed. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

5. An army or fleet. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

7. Accomplishment; qualification. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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