(present participle of)
1854, ''The Ladies' Repository'' (volume 22, page 361)
- It must be remembered that different methods are adopted in these preparings to produce the different kinds of yarn required for the different kinds of worsted fabrics which are manufactured(..)
1859, Charles Dickens, ''A Tale of Two Cities''
- For, as I draw closer and closer to the end, I travel in the circle, nearer and nearer to the beginning. It seems to be one of the kind smoothings and preparings of the way.