• WordNet 3.6
    • n preparation 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"
    • n preparation preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
    • n preparation activity leading to skilled behavior
    • n preparation the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose "preparations for the ceremony had begun"
    • n preparation 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"
    • n preparation (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 dissonance"
    • n preparation 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"
    • n preparation a substance prepared according to a formula "the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Preparing the bristles Preparing the bristles
Ribby prepares for her guest Ribby prepares for her guest
Preparing to Blow Up a Derelict Preparing to Blow Up a Derelict
Preparations for blowing up Flood Rock Preparations for blowing up Flood Rock
Harold prepares to swear his oath in front of the court Harold prepares to swear his oath in front of the court
Druids prepare to make a human sacrifice Druids prepare to make a human sacrifice

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every year, Burger King restaurants prepare over 950,000 pounds of bacon for their breakfast customers
    • Preparation Accomplishment; qualification.
    • Preparation An army or fleet.
    • Preparation That which is prepared, made, or compounded by a certain process or for a particular purpose; a combination. Specifically: Any medicinal substance fitted for use. Anything treated for preservation or examination as a specimen. Something prepared for use in cookery. "I wish the chemists had been more sparing who magnify their preparations .""In the preparations of cookery, the most volatile parts of vegetables are destroyed."
    • Preparation 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."
    • Preparation 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.
    • Preparation (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.
    • Preparation The state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness; readiness; fitness; as, a nation in good preparation for war.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The sport Lacrosse was initially played by Native American Indians. They played the sport to prepare for war
    • n preparation The act of preparing or making ready; qualification for a particular use, service, or application; adaptation to an end; training; equipment.
    • n preparation Formation; composition; manufacture: as, the preparation of gunpowder; the preparation of glycerin.
    • n preparation A measure or means taken beforehand to secure a certain result; a preparatory proceeding or circumstance.
    • n preparation The state of being prepared or in readiness; preparedness.
    • n preparation That which is equipped or fitted out.
    • n preparation That which results from mental or moral training; qualification; accomplishment.
    • n preparation That which is prepared, manufactured, or compounded: as, a chemical preparation; a preparation of oil and wax.
    • n preparation In anatomy, an animal body or any part of it prepared for anatomical purposes, or preserved to display parts already dissected. Preparations are roughly divided into dry and wet. A wet preparation is immersed in a preservative fluid, usually alcohol, often glycerin, sometimes chlorid of zinc. Dry preparations are of more varied character: a skeleton is a familiar example. Microscopic preparations are usually thin slices or sections permanently mounted on slides. All preparations are specimens, but a specimen may be a natural object upon which no work has been done, while preparation implies some special steps taken for display or preservation, or both. Models in wax and papier-maché are often called preparations.
    • n preparation In counterpoint and strict musical composition generally: that treatment of the voice-parts whereby a dissonance in any chord is introduced as a consonance in the preceding chord, and simply held over into the dissonant chord by its own voice-part, while the others move;
    • n preparation a consonant tone in any voice-part which is thus about to become a dissonance. In early counterpoint no dissonances were permitted; later, they were admitted as suspensions (see suspension)—that is, consonances held over into chords with which they are at first dissonant; next, they were allowed whenever thus prepared or foreshadowed, whether resolved as suspensions or not. In free writing, dissonances are often abruptly introduced without previous sounding. Preparation is opposed to percussion, which is the actual sounding of the dissonance as such, and to resolution, which is the final merging of the dissonance into a consonant chord.
    • n preparation The day before the sabbath or any other Jewish feast-day. Also called day of the preparation (Mat. xxvii. 62). Compare parasceve.
    • n preparation Eccles., devotions or prayers used by the celebrant or officiant, assistants, choristers, etc., before the eucharistic or other offices.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Mount Horeb Mustard Museum which is located in Wisconsin has the biggest collection of prepared mustards. They have approximately 4,000 different jars and tubes from all over the world
    • n Preparation prep-a-rā′shun the act of preparing: previous arrangement: the state of being prepared or ready: that which is prepared or made ready: :
    • n Preparation that which prepares the way: preparation
    • n Preparation prep-a-rā′shun (anat.) a part of any animal body preserved as a specimen: the day before the Sabbath or other Jewish feast-day: devotional exercises introducing an office
    • n Preparation prep-a-rā′shun (mus.) the previous introduction, as an integral part of a chord, of a note continued into a succeeding dissonance
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  • Albert Einstein
    “You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”
  • Boris Pasternak
    Boris Pasternak
    “Man is born to live and not to prepare to live.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “To be prepared is half the victory.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. préparation, L. praeparatio,. See Prepare
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

They had therefore to hurry on their preparations.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
He accordingly made preparations to catch them.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Morton unsuspectingly answered exactly in the tone for which he was prepared.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
Tom and Gerald were below making their preparations, when Billy Blueblazes came out of the gun-room.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Americans had for some time past, as I have mentioned, been preparing fire-ships.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
At all events, it would be wise to be prepared.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
The next morning I was up by daybreak finishing all my preparations.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
He went up and told his grandmother to go and prepare as much oil as she wanted.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Those pleasant sounds were augmented by the axes of our men as they busied themselves in cutting firewood, and preparing our encampment.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
Preparation for college and preparation for life are by no means antagonistic.
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd

In poetry:

And Rags got home with the regiment,
And then, in the breaking away-
Well, whether they stole him, or whether he went,
I am not prepared to say.
"Rags" by Edmund Vance Cooke
Shout, ye little flock, and blest,
You on Jesus’ throne shall rest:
There your seat is now prepared—
There your kingdom and reward.
"Children of the heavenly King!" by John Cennick
Jesus is coming! The promise is true;
Who are the chosen, the faithful, the few,
Waiting and watching, prepared for review?
Jesus is coming again!
"Jesus Is Coming" by Daniel Webster Moody
Ye, by toil on toil so sorely tried,
Comfort take, the All is purified;
And now man, as priest, may boldly dare
From the stone God's image to prepare.
"Book Of the Parsees - The Bequest Of The Ancient Persian Faith" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
So now may grace, with heavenly shower,
Our stony hearts for truth prepare;
Sow in our souls the seed of power,
Then come! and reap Thy harvest there!
"Hymn 3. Third Sunday In Advent" by Reginald Heber
Arise! — the trumpet rends the air —
The books are spread, prepared the throne:
The Angel lifts his hand to swear
That time shall be no longer known.
"Le Lac Des Morts" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain

In news:

The last few weeks have been a busy time for American and Russian diplomats, as they prepare for next month's summit in Moscow between President Clinton and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
There is something about warm, delectable dishes and the aroma of a freshly prepared meal that really bring loved ones closer.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bassist Micah Howard prepares for Thursday night's concert in Barcelona, Spain, under the watchful eye of a bagpiper muse.
Iran preparing its own Internet.
Now, she's preparing to become CEO.
As David Wright prepares to come off the disabled list Tuesday, he plans to make good on his word.
Climate scientists prepare for new attacks after GOP wins.
Just as generals sometimes prepare to fight the last war, so Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate suggests he.
The DFW Asian-American Citizens Council aims to help students prepare for college and careers at its Youth Symposium.
Joe Kittinger (right) is helping Felix Baumgartner (left) prepare for a record-breaking free fall from space.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, left, prepares to throw a small football as his wife Brittany looks on at the start of the Bacchus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb 14, 2010.
From one-foot Virginia Beach to fun Outer Banks, Michael Dunphy, Dylan Goodale, and friends prepare for Hurricane season.
Here's a recipe you can prepare ahead of time and pop on the barbecue at the last minute.
For this recipe you will prepare enough spice rub and barbecue sauce to coat 4 skinless chicken breasts.
Mercy High School students are preparing to stage Arthur Miller's The Crucible, a play that its.

In science:

However, instead of being prepared for a r = 4 refinement, these top-level fields are prepared here for a r = 2 refinement.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
Initially at time t′ = 0, all spins are prepared in the spin-up state.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
For stating the result, we need some preparations.
Definability of initial segments
As with the proposal of , our scheme makes use of a single ancilla photon, in this case prepared with vertical polarization.
A simple gate for linear optics quantum computing
We develop the theory of parity quasi-complexes (PQC), preparing the set up for defining derived functors using resolutions in the nonabelian case. A homotopy structure on the category of PQC is defined, yielding a 2-category structure.
The nonabelian bar resolution