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read•i•ness(ˈrɛd i nɪs)
- impromptu - Based on Latin in promptu, "in readiness," from promptus, "prepared, ready."
- procinct - A state of readiness or preparation.
- stand by - Meaning "to await, support," it was an order to hold one's self in readiness, recorded from 1669.
- gear - Its etymological meaning is "that which puts one in a state of readiness."
(See also PREPARATION.)
all systems go All set, everything’s ready, let ‘er roll. This expression denoting readiness for an undertaking gained frequency following the televised space flights of the 1960s and 70s, but its popularity soon waned. As originally used, it indicated that all of a spacecraft’s systems were functioning properly so the countdown could begin and the launching occur.
A-OK This recent (1960s) American version of A1 gained currency from television coverage of the space flights. Astronauts used the term to denote the condition of a spacecraft’s systems, or their own situation. In common usage its connotations are less of superiority and excellence than of preparedness or satisfactoriness.
Barkis is willin’ Availability, willingness, readiness; eagerness, desirousness. Charles Dickens gave us the phrase in David Copperfield. Barkis is enamored of the maid to David’s mother. On learning from the youth that she is not spoken for, he sends her the message, via David, that “Barkis is willin’.”
loaded for bear To be prepared for any possibility; to be armed and ready to fight; to have girded up one’s loins. This phrase originated during the westward movement, when a man was not considered ready for hunting unless he had enough ammunition to kill a bear. The expression, as used by E. G. Love, is cited in Webster’s Third:
Learning that every outfit … was of full strength, sober, and loaded for bear.
The expression has recently acquired the additional meaning of being drunk, undoubtedly as a lengthening of the common term loaded ‘to be intoxicated.’
the noose is hanging Everything is set; everyone is ready and waiting. This expression alludes to the restive anticipation of a crowd awaiting a public hanging. The phrase has never gained widespread popularity.
The noose is ready—All the musicians are primed for a real cutting session. (E. Home, For Cool Cats and Far-Out Chicks, 1957)
raring to go Enthusiastically eager to begin; primed, psyched, ready. This American slang expression, of uncertain origin, has been in print since the early 1900s. Raring may be related to roaring or rearing (as of horses), but either connection is pure hypothesis.
Both sides are rarin’ to go, and they are not liable to touch their peremptory challenges. (F. N. Hart, The Bellamy Trial 1923)
|Noun||1.||readiness - the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action); "putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"|
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
ready - poised for action; "their guns were at the ready"
|2.||readiness - prompt willingness; "readiness to continue discussions"; "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"; "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"; "he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"|
willingness - cheerful compliance; "he expressed his willingness to help"
|3.||readiness - (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way; "the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution"; "his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set"|
|4.||readiness - a natural effortlessness; "they conversed with great facility"; "a happy readiness of conversation"--Jane Austen|
effortlessness - the quality of requiring little effort; "such effortlessness is achieved only after hours of practice"
his readiness to help us → su buena disposición para ayudarnos
equipment that is kept in readiness for an emergency → material que se mantiene listo or preparado para una emergencia
to hold o.s. in readiness (for sth) → mantenerse listo (para algo)
readiness[ˈrɛdɪnɪs] n → prontezza
to be in readiness for → essere pronto/a per