(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Prepare
- You are preparing the attack? Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- They appear even now preparing to advance--God of Zion, protect us! Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- Well, then, I must return with you, said poor Meyler, throwing off his unfortunate regimentals, and preparing to accompany me home. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- This was Susan herself, occupied in preparing a posset for her little boy, who, often ailing, was now seriously unwell. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- I would almost as soon believe that the cat curls the end of its tail when preparing to spring, in order to warn the doomed mouse. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- Me loves Parpar, said the artful one, preparing to climb the paternal knee and revel in forbidden joys. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- Among table appliances are toasters, coffee percolators, electric teapots, chafing dishes and numerous other articles that add to the convenience of preparing food. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- Perfectly resigned to his discharge, he devoted himself to getting well, preparing for business, and earning a home for Meg. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- I knew that I was preparing for myself a deadly torture; but I was the slave, not the master of an impulse, which I detested, yet could not disobey. Mary Shelley. Frankenstein_Or_The Modern Prometheus.
- March the 26th my headquarters were, as stated, at Culpeper, and the work of preparing for an early campaign commenced. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- Socrates, who is evidently preparing for an argument, next asks, What is the meaning of the word justice? Plato. The Republic.
- It cannot be said that this conversation led to the result of even partially preparing Miss Halcombe's mind for what was to come. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- It covered carding, drawing, and roving machines for use in preparing silk, cotton, flax, and wool for spinning. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- Nancy was busily engaged in preparing breakfast. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- General Canby is preparing a movement from Mobile Bay against Mobile and the interior of Alabama. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- Wilfer himself, preparing to take a slight refection. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Others conjectured that she was going to be married, and that the settlements were preparing. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- The tutor was waiting for a lesson which the pupil seemed busy in preparing. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- In preparing a shoe for the machine, an inner sole is placed on the last, the upper is then lasted and its edges secured to the inner sole. Edward W. Byrn. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
- He is preparing a new ward in case of the cholera coming to us. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- So would you, if a flock of strangers came in on you when you were preparing for an examination next day, and every moment was of value. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- So we are getting up the anchors and preparing to sail to his watering-place. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- When Dorothea was again at Lydgate's door speaking to Martha, he was in the room close by with the door ajar, preparing to go out. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- They had other foes besides the British to engage, or were preparing for a final onset. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- In this very simple institution consisted the whole expense which any Grecian state seems ever to have been at, in preparing its citizens for war. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
- Mrs. Gummidge, no longer moping in her especial corner, was busy preparing breakfast. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- Plato, like ourselves, is looking forward to changes in the moral and religious world, and is preparing for them. Plato. The Republic.
- Then it rolled among the women and stopped beside the half-butchered thing they were preparing to feast upon. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- Whilst Wildeve had been preparing his moth-signal another person had come behind him up to the gate. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- The serpent was on the watch, the train was laid, the mine was preparing, the sapper and miner was at work. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.