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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.

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

  2. formernoun

    An object used to form something.

    The brick arch was built using a wooden former.

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

  3. formernoun

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

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

  4. formeradjective

    previous

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

  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.

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

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.

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. Lonnie Frisby:

    Following an information request in April 2016 from U.S. authorities to the Swiss Federal Tax Administration (SFTA), the bank has provided certain files, mostly related to former clients, to the SFTA, the Swiss authorities may forward part or all of this information to U.S. authorities in accordance with applicable laws and treaties. Anyone subject to this request has been notified.

  2. African American:

    I get my role as a former national chairman. I get it, but I'm African American. I get my role as a former party leader. I'm still African American.

  3. Interim Superintendent Wayne Walters:

    As a former principal, I know just the possibility of an incident like today is what keeps us up at night.

  4. Mick Mulroy:

    My father was someone that I always looked to for guidance. I sought to emulate his beliefs and his actions. He was a former Jesuit Catholic priest turned professor and scientist. My father led by word and by deed. He taught me ethics and morality through the study of philosophy, especially that of Socrates.

  5. Patricia Millett:

    The Supreme Court in Nixon v. GSA was explicit that when it comes to evaluating the interests of the executive branch, when that call is made by the incumbent president… the interests asserted by the former president is diminished, counts for something.

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