n. The act of preparing or making ready; qualification for a particular use, service, or application; adaptation to an end; training; equipment.n. Formation; composition; manufacture: as, the preparation of gunpowder; the preparation of glycerin.n. A measure or means taken beforehand to secure a certain result; a preparatory proceeding or circumstance.n. The state of being prepared or in readiness; preparedness.n. That which is equipped or fitted out.n. That which results from mental or moral training; qualification; accomplishment.n. That which is prepared, manufactured, or compounded: as, a chemical preparation; a preparation of oil and wax.n. In anatomy, an animal body or any part of it prepared for anatomical purposes, or preserved to display parts already dissected.n. 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. a consonant tone in any voice-part which is thus about to become a dissonance.n. The day before the sabbath or any other Jewish feast-day. Also called day of the preparation (Mat. xxvii. 62). Compare parasceve.n. Eccles., devotions or prayers used by the celebrant or officiant, assistants, choristers, etc., before the eucharistic or other offices.