Definitions of preparation

  1. the act of preparing something ( as food) by the application of heat; " cooking can be a great art"; " people are needed who have experience in cookery"; " he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
  2. a substance prepared according to a formula
  3. activity leading to skilled behavior
  4. preparatory school work done outside school ( especially at home)
  5. 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"
  6. the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; " preparations for the ceremony had begun"
  7. ( music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord; " the resolution of one dissonance is often the preparation for another disonance"
  8. the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action ( especially military action); " putting them in readiness"; " their preparation was more than adequate"
  9. A mixture; a compound.
  10. 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.
  11. The state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness; readiness; fitness; as, a nation in good preparation for war.
  12. That which makes ready, prepares the way, or introduces; a preparatory act or measure.
  13. 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.
  14. An army or fleet.
  15. 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.
  16. Accomplishment; qualification.
  17. The act of making ready; state of being ready; readiness; that which is ready or made ready, as a medicine, etc.
  18. 1. A getting ready. 2. Something made ready, as a medicinal or other mixture, or a histological specimen.
  19. The act of preparing: previous arrangement: the state of being prepared or ready: that which is prepared or made ready: ( anat.) a part of any animal body preserved as a specimen.
  20. The act of preparing; the state of being prepared; something that is prepared.
  21. Act of preparing or fitting for a particular purpose; prior arrangement; that which is prepared; any medicine fitted for use; the state of being prepared; a part of an animal body prepared for anatomical uses.
  22. The act or operation of preparing; state of being ready; the thing prepared; part of an animal body, usually a diseased part, prepared and preserved for observation and instruction.

Usage examples for preparation

  1. The summer passed and he sent his sister home to make her preparation for the voyage to India, while he went to his club for the same object. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  2. Alas for her preparation – Openings in the Old Trail by Bret Harte
  3. And what should you say was the needful preparation – Elsie's Womanhood by Martha Finley
  4. 14. What should be the chief aims of education with regard to preparation for home- making? – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  5. " Round the World" and the " American Four- in- Hand" gave me not the slightest effort but the preparation of " Triumphant Democracy," which I began in 1882, was altogether another matter. – Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie
  6. But he could not go without great preparation – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  7. They did not make any preparation for their parts. – The Boys' Life of Mark Twain by Albert Bigelow Paine
  8. Germany thrust this thing upon Europe deliberately and after careful preparation – The Soul of the War by Philip Gibbs
  9. I helped in the preparation of the speech. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  10. How long do you take over your preparation – The Luckiest Girl in the School by Angela Brazil
  11. The next step is the preparation of the wound for healing. – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  12. She took more pains over the preparation for this class than for any of her other lessons. – Molly Brown's Sophomore Days by Nell Speed
  13. When at long intervals he came to dine with us, there was as much preparation as if a stranger had been expected. – 'O Thou, My Austria!' by Ossip Schubin
  14. We had reason to be thankful that the Indians gave us so long a time for preparation – In the Rocky Mountains by W. H. G. Kingston
  15. The preparation for this sport shows that it is seriously regarded. – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
  16. Preparation was made to lower the boats. – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  17. For the others it's such an odd preparation – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  18. Shouldn't wonder, young gentlemen, if it were; but I'll say good night, for 'taint my watch, and I think a turn in won't be bad preparation for a hard day to- morrow. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  19. Preparation of the Silver Paper. – Photographic Reproduction Processes by P.C. Duchochois
  20. Because it was incredible we made no preparation for it. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various