What does Former mean?

Definitions for Former
ˈfɔr mərfor·mer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. formeradjective

    the first of two or the first mentioned of two

    "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"

  2. former(a)adjective

    referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)

    "the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one"

  3. erstwhile(a), former(a), old, onetime(a), one-time(a), quondam(a), sometime(a)adjective

    belonging to some prior time

    "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"

  4. former(a), late(a), previous(a)adjective

    (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

    "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"

  5. early(a), former(a), other(a)adjective

    belonging to the distant past

    "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"

Wiktionary

  1. formernoun

    Someone who forms something.

    Dave was the former of the company.

  2. formernoun

    An object used to form something.

    The brick arch was built using a wooden former.

  3. formernoun

    Someone in, or of, a certain form (class).

  4. formeradjective

    previous

  5. formeradjective

    first of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.

    The former is a good idea but the latter is not.

  6. Etymology: From former, comparative of forme, from forma.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Formeradjective

    whence former, and formost

    Etymology: from forma , Saxon, first;

    Thy air,
    Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first:
    —— A third is like the former. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    A bad author deserves better usage than a bad critick: a man may be the former merely through the misfortune of an ill judgment; but he cannot be the latter without both that and an ill temper. Alexander Pope.

  2. Formernoun

    He that forms; maker; contriver; planner.

    Etymology: from form.

    The wonderful art and providence of the contriver and former of our bodies, appears in the multitude of intentions he must have in the formation of several parts for several uses. John Ray, on the Creation.

Wikipedia

  1. Former

    A former is an object, such as a template, gauge or cutting die, which is used to form something such as a boat's hull. Typically, a former gives shape to a structure that may have complex curvature. A former may become an integral part of the finished structure, as in an aircraft fuselage, or it may be removable, being using in the construction process and then discarded or re-used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formernoun

    one who forms; a maker; a creator

  2. Formernoun

    a shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed

  3. Formernoun

    a templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is shaped

  4. Formernoun

    a cutting die

  5. Formeradjective

    preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past

  6. Formeradjective

    near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a discourse or argument

  7. Formeradjective

    earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned

Freebase

  1. Former

    A former is a structural member of an aircraft fuselage, of which a typical fuselage has a series from the nose to the empennage, typically perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft. The primary purpose of formers is to establish the shape of the fuselage and reduce the column length of stringers to prevent instability. Formers are typically attached to longerons, which support the skin of the aircraft. The Former-and-Longeron technique was adopted from boat construction, and was typical of light aircraft built until the advent of structural skins such as fiberglass and other composite materials. Many of today's light aircraft, and homebuilt aircraft in particular, are still designed in this way. They are also found in the cores of potentiometers in which the resistive material is wrapped round.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Former

    form′ėr, adj. (comp. of fore) before in time or order: past: first mentioned.—adv. Form′erly, in former times: heretofore. [Formed late on analogy of M. E. formest by adding comp. suff. -er to base of A.S. forma, first, itself a superlative form.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. former

    The gunner's term for a small cylindrical piece of wood, on which musket or pistol cartridge-cases are rolled and formed. The name is also applied to the flat piece of wood with a hole in the centre used for making wads, but which is properly form.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FORMER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Former is ranked #153769 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Former surname appeared 106 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Former.

    51.8% or 55 total occurrences were White.
    37.7% or 40 total occurrences were Black.
    7.5% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Former' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #532

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Former' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2720

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Former in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Former in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Former in a Sentence

  1. Hunter Biden:

    There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what Robert Mueller's accusing me of is a Russian plant.

  2. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani:

    We will not let the price of peace be greater than the price of war, we will firmly safeguard the achievements of the past 13 years under former President Karzai.

  3. Mark DeSaulnier:

    I would like to be part of re-establishing journalism as a sacred part of American democracy as it once was, the industry right now is going through a tough time, said John Stanton, the former Washington Bureau chief at BuzzFeed News, during the press conference. Were at a crisis point in the industry, and its good that Congress is taking a look at these issues and how these big tech companies are affecting our ability to do our job. Stanton, who was laid off from BuzzFeed earlier this year, recently launched the Save Journalism project with Laura Bassett, the former senior politics reporter at HuffPost. Bassett was laid off from HuffPost in January. FACEBOOKS AVERAGE US USER SPENT 38 MINUTES PER DAY ON THE PLATFORM, A DROP FROM 2017, BUT INSTAGRAM USAGE INCREASED.

  4. Mahmoud El-Hamalawy:

    Former NASA scientist Farouk El-Baz, who led the agency's study of the moon's geology prior to the Apollo 11 landing, comes immediately to mind, the successes of Lebanese American designer Reem Acra, the late Lebanese American poet Kahlil Gibran and the Egyptian American actor Rami Malek reinforce Arab Americans ' contributions by showcasing to the world that America continues to be the land of possibility and opportunity for all immigrants.

  5. John Olds:

    Donald Trump obviously still has a hold on a good bit of Republican Party, but I think that hold is certainly weakening, just speaking with activists on the ground and seeing what happened in Virginia, you can tell that Republican Party still values electability, and since the former President lost, his brand is not as associated with electability.

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