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  • Ready; in a state of preparation or waiting; in position or anticipation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. ready for immediate use


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  • An officer came presently, when night had fallen, and inspected the crowd on the veranda in the light of a hurricane lamp; he walked down the veranda thrasting his lamp forward at each group, a couple of soldiers hard on his heels with rifles at the ready and bayonets fixed.

    A Town Like Alice

  • Itazura was darting around the grounds of the compound, his StunShooter at the ready in case he encountered any security guards.

    Time Was

  • The whole thing had been glamorous and exciting for the first half hourthe gorgeous people, the racks of expensive clothing, the makeup and hair artists at the ready with their tool belts full of productsbut really, it was just a lot of standing around.

    Paradise Lost

  • "She telephoned to Mr Norbert's offices before she would allow me past the threshold; her nephew stood at the ready with a baseball bat."

    Locked Rooms

  • Not that she'd have much chance of escaping now, for she was trapped in her room as the dressmaker and Lady Finch fussed over her gown, while a multitude of other servants hovered about, each at the ready to help the next Bramley Hollow bride be matched.

    Hero Come Back

  • FEAR ITSELF: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION REASSURES AMERICAYour government will stand at the ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to stop terrorism during the holiday season and beyond….

    Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq

  • There were blurred photographs of the Anzacs storming the pitiless cliffs at Gallipoli, long articles extolling the bravery of the Antipodean soldier, features on all the Australian and New Zealand winners of the Victoria Cross since its inception, and a magnificent full-page etching of an Australian light horse cavalry-man mounted on his charger, saber at the ready and long silky feathers pluming from under the turned-up side of his slouch hat.

    The Thorn Birds

  • To my right, on the back wall behind the engines, young Ed Coppoc and Emperor Green, the black, had their rifles at the ready through loopholes in the brick, and Jerry Anderson was at his post on the side wall, straddling Oliver's body.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord


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