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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.

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. Marc Lotter:

    Former President Donald Trump is the biggest name. Former President Donald Trump's the visionary behind many of the policies that got Former President Donald Trump elected to the White House, and when you look at what's going on in America right now, so many people are clamoring for that kind of policy leadership back. They want cheap gas, growing paychecks, soaring stock markets and not what we have right now.

  2. Katie Couric:

    I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left, i think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew. Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. In fact, a joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship. It’s still very upsetting. I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire‘Today’show staff have handled a very difficult situation.

  3. David Cicilline:

    There will be, I think, substantial evidence that really demonstrates the coordination and the planning and the effort, despite the fact that they understood that Donald Trump lost the election and even once the insurrection began and the violence began, there were ongoing efforts to persuade the former President to stop the violence and call on folks to go home, and Donald Trump refused to do it.

  4. Mike Pence:

    > (CNN)This week, White House news revolved around the three S's: sanctions, space and special (special election and special counsel). The Trump administration reimposed US sanctions on Iran, which went back into effect Tuesday. A day later, the State Department announced that the US will impose sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law after the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the United Kingdom earlier this year. Then came #spaceforce. As CNN's Ryan Browne reported,  BTW, Trump's re-election team is already planning on selling.

  5. Dagmar Konnopke:

    Of course the seasonings in (the former Communist) east .. those flavors aren't available anymore. Today we have to buy other seasonings, but the basic ingredients we use to refine the taste of our ketchup have stayed the same for decades.

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