(?), n. [F. prparation, L. praeparatio. See Prepare.]
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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.
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2. The state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness; readiness; fitness; as, a nation in good preparation for war.
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3. That which makes ready, prepares the way, or introduces; a preparatory act or measure.
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I will show what preparations there were in nature for this dissolution.
T. Burnet.
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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.
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I wish the chemists had been more sparing who magnify their preparations.
Sir T. Browne.
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In the preparations of cookery, the most volatile parts of vegetables are destroyed.
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5. An army or fleet. [Obs.] Shak.
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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.
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7. Accomplishment; qualification. [Obs.] Shak.
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