Meaning of PREPARATION in English

PREPARATION

n.1 the act or an instance of preparing; the process of being prepared.

2 (often in pl.) something done to make ready.

3 a specially prepared substance, esp. a food or medicine.

4 work done by school pupils to prepare for a lesson.

5 Mus. the sounding of the discordant note in a chord in the preceding chord where it is not discordant, lessening the effect of the discord.

Etymology: ME f. OF f. L praeparatio -onis (as PREPARE)

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