Meaning of PREPARATION in English


/prep'euh ray"sheuhn/ , n.

1. a proceeding, measure, or provision by which one prepares for something: preparations for a journey.

2. any proceeding, experience, or the like considered as a mode of preparing for the future.

3. an act of preparing.

4. the state of being prepared.

5. something prepared, manufactured, or compounded: a special preparation for sunbathers.

6. a specimen, as an animal body, prepared for scientific examination, dissection, etc.

7. Music.

a. the preparing of a dissonance, by introducing the dissonant tone as a consonant tone in the preceding chord.

b. the tone so introduced.

8. New Testament. the day before the Sabbath or a feast day.

9. Brit. work done by students in preparation for class; homework.

10. the Preparation , the introductory prayers of the Mass or other divine service.

[ 1350-1400; ME preparacion praeparation- (s. of praeparatio ), a preparing, equiv. to praeparat ( us ) (ptp. of praeparare to PREPARE) + -ion- -ION ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .