What does former mean?

Definitions for former
ˈfɔr mərfor·mer

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word former.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. former(adj)

    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)(adj)

    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)(adj)

    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)(adj)

    (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)(adj)

    belonging to the distant past

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

Wiktionary

  1. former(Noun)

    Someone who forms something.

    Dave was the former of the company.

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

  2. former(Noun)

    An object used to form something.

    The brick arch was built using a wooden former.

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

  3. former(Noun)

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

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

  4. former(Adjective)

    previous

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

  5. former(Adjective)

    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. Former(noun)

    one who forms; a maker; a creator

  2. Former(noun)

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

  3. Former(noun)

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

  4. Former(noun)

    a cutting die

  5. Former(adj)

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

  6. Former(adj)

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

  7. Former(adj)

    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

How to pronounce former?

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How to say former in sign language?

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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. Orrin Hatch:

    This is a high and holy calling. It is not something to take lightly. It is a sacred trust in which pettiness or grandstanding should have no part, in some respects, the Senate today is but a mere shadow of its former self, another casualty of the permanent political campaign.

  2. David Ortiz:

    When you start hanging out with 'tigueres' (Dominican slang for street toughs), you sometimes have to show that you're a 'tiguere,' a lot of former players hang out with 'reggaeton' artists and 'tigueres.' They go to clubs and bars. It's like they're living the life that perhaps as players they couldn't enjoy.

  3. Sergei Mitrokhin:

    One must understand that in Crimea, in essence, a gangster regime has been established under the protection of Moscow, former criminals have come to power, and have started to carve up the property.

  4. Justin Bamberg:

    Of course, the family is not happy that former Officer Slager is getting bond, but they understand that any criminal defendant can ask for bail, as far as him being out (of jail), it does hurt. It hurts a mother and father who have to go visit their child in a cemetery. Everybody is just looking forward to and preparing for the trial.

  5. Franoise d'Aubign Maintenon:

    There is an important difference between love and friendship. While the former delights in extremes and opposites, the latter demands equality.

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