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ready

at or to the ready (of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing

ready

[′red·ē]
(ordnance)
Of a weapon, aimed, loaded, and prepared to fire.
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It was all one; they crowded after us, and endeavoured to come under our stern, so as to board us on our quarter; upon which, seeing they were resolute for mischief, and depended upon the strength that followed them, I ordered to bring the ship to, so that they lay upon our broadside; when immediately we fired five guns at them, one of which had been levelled so true as to carry away the stern of the hindermost boat, and we then forced them to take down their sail, and to run all to the head of the boat, to keep her from sinking; so she lay by, and had enough of it; but seeing the foremost boat crowd on after us, we made ready to fire at her in particular.
Sir Henry accordingly took his "express," and made ready.
In fact the whole southbound carriageway between Leamington Road and Stonehouse Lane was packed with tanks, Bren Gun Carriers, armoured cars and lorries, all being made ready for war.
All provinces on district level have been made ready in this regard, he said, adding, all departments concerned used to take part in relief and rescue activities collectively in affected areas.
High stitching rates, excessive rush that makes it difficult for the tailors to prepare dresses in time and risks of mistakes of tailors are other factors that made ready made garments a norm of the day.
The scope of work includes all systems and related services from the wellhead to Asgard A riser hang-off, including umbilicals, riser, flowlines and subsea production system, installed and made ready for operation.
A 490MW gas-fired IWPP in Salalah costing $1bn, made ready in 2012.
30am was refuelled and made ready for further service and crew later proudly took part as usual in Llandudno's annual Trafalgar Day Parade.
These include the new PREPTM Buffered Peptone Water (ISO), the first in a line of bagged, sterile dehydrated culture media that are made ready to use simply by adding water.
You will report to the Communities Editor and be responsible for the gathering and preparation of market-focused content direct from communities and submitting it to production journalists so that it can be made ready for publication to readers across multimedia channels.
Once the casualty hand-over was complete, both boats returned to station and were re-fuelled and made ready for the next service again.
The adjacent industrial units were acquired and made ready for the delivery of new production equipment that would be delivered and installed before the end of February 2013.