Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of complete readiness for action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A state of complete readiness for action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preparation or readiness, especially for battle.

Etymologies

Latin procinctus, from procingere, procinctum, to gird up. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 19: Warr he perceav'd, warr in procinct, and found

    Paradise Lost (1667)

  • Forty-eight years after he himself set forth beyond seas, he passed on to young John Milton "in procinct of his travels," his favourite bit of wisdom, learned from a Roman courtier well versed in the ways of Italy: "I pensieri stretti e il viso sciolto." [

    English Travellers of the Renaissance

  • In dress, for instance, he sternly banished the purple and gold embroideries, the jewelled arms, and the floating draperies so little in accordance with the-severe character of "_war in procinct_" [Footnote: "_War in procinct_" -- a phrase of

    The Caesars

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