[syn: cooking, cookery, preparation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Preparation \Prep`a*ra"tion\, n. [F. pr['e]paration, L.
praeparatio. See Prepare.]
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.
2. The state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness;
readiness; fitness; as, a nation in good preparation for
3. 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. --T. Burnet.
4. That which is prepared, made, or compounded by a certain
process or for a particular purpose; a combination.
(a) Any medicinal substance fitted for use.
(b) Anything treated for preservation or examination as a
(c) Something prepared for use in cookery.
I wish the chemists had been more sparing who
magnify their preparations. --Sir T.
In the preparations of cookery, the most
volatile parts of vegetables are destroyed.
5. An army or fleet. [Obs.] --Shak.
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.
7. Accomplishment; qualification. [Obs.] --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of
some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had
begun" [syn: preparation, readying]
2: a substance prepared according to a formula; "the physician
prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine" [syn:
3: 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" [syn:
planning, preparation, provision]
4: 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" [syn:
readiness, preparedness, preparation]
5: (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" [ant:
6: activity leading to skilled behavior [syn: training,
7: preparatory school work done outside school (especially at
home) [syn: homework, prep, preparation]
8: 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" [syn: cooking, cookery, preparation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
207 Moby Thesaurus words for "preparation":
accouterment, adaptation, anticipation, apprenticeship,
architecture, armament, arrangement, arrangements, assembly, balm,
balsam, basic training, breaking, breeding, briefing, building,
casting, catering, chandlery, composing, composition, compound,
concoction, conditioning, construction, contemplation, conversion,
crafting, craftsmanship, cramming, creation, cultivation,
development, devising, discipline, discretion, drill, drilling,
drops, drug, education, elaboration, electuary, elixir, endowment,
envisagement, envisionment, equipment, erection, ethical drug,
exercise, extraction, fabrication, farseeingness, farsightedness,
fashioning, fetching-up, finding, fitness, fitting out, forecast,
foreglance, foregleam, foreglimpse, forehandedness, foreseeing,
foresight, foresightedness, formation, forming, formulation,
fostering, foundation, framing, furnishing, furnishment,
generic name, grooming, groundwork, growing, handicraft, handiwork,
harmonization, harvesting, herbs, housebreaking, improvement,
in-service training, inhalant, instruction, instrumentation,
intonation, investment, lincture, linctus, logistics,
longsightedness, looking ahead, machining, making, manual training,
manufacture, manufacturing, materia medica, material, measures,
medicament, medication, medicinal, medicinal herbs, medicine,
military training, milling, mining, mixture, modulation, molding,
nonprescription drug, nurture, nurturing, officinal,
on-the-job training, orchestration, organization, organizing,
outfitting, patent medicine, pharmacon, phrasing, physic, planning,
plans, powder, practice, prediction, prefabrication, prep,
preparing, prepping, prepublication, prescription drug, preview,
prevision, proceedings, processing, procurement, producing,
product, proprietary, proprietary medicine, proprietary name,
prospect, prospection, providence, providing, provision,
provisioning, provisions, prudence, purveyance, putting together,
raising, readiness, readying, rearing, refining, rehearsal,
reinforcement, replenishment, resolution, resupply, retailing,
sagacity, selling, setting, shaping, simples, sloyd, smelting,
solution, spadework, study, studying, stuff, subsidization,
subsidy, substance, subvention, supply, supplying, suspension,
swotting, syrup, teaching, theraputant, tisane, tone painting,
training, transcription, tuition, upbringing, vegetable remedies,
victualing, vocational education, vocational training, work,