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ˈfɔr mərfor·mer

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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

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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. Barbara Bush:

    Ronald Reagan, the widow of former Republican President Ronald Reagan, died Sunday morning of congestive heart failure, according to her spokesperson. She was 94. Barbara Bush offered prayers and condolences from Barbara Bush and husband former GOP President George H.W. Bush. Nancy Reagan was totally devoted to President Ronald Reagan, we take comfort that they will be reunited once more.

  2. Ralph Northam:

    I stand by what I said, i believe our president is a dangerous man. I think he lacks empathy. And he also has difficulty telling the truth, and it happens again and again. The Republican candidate, former RNC chairman The Republican candidate, who is roughly tied with Ralph Northam at 44 percent support in the polls, countered that the Democrat’s attack would make it more difficult to work with Donald Trump on behalf of Virginia.

  3. President Trump:

    President Trump’s controversial senior adviser, Stephen Bannon, was removed from National Security Council on Wednesday, Fox News confirmed. Stephen Bannon was put on the NSC’s ‘ Principles Committee ’ as check on former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn to make sure Flynn carried through with a directive to depoliticize the National Security Council, a senior administration official told Fox News. Stephen Bannon only attended one meeting of the Principles Senate Intel Committee. Now that HR McMaster is National Security Advisor, President Trump saw no need for Stephen Bannon to stay on the committee as a check on Flynn, the official said. Stephen Bannon is still permitted to go to National Security Council meetings. The reconfiguration also promotes the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to ‘ regular attendees. ’.

  4. Kayleigh McEnany:

    The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day and they are subject to strict scrutiny. While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA Director, National Security Advisor, and the Chief of Staff can all confirm that neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence, this does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of the New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter. The reporting quickly became fodder for the 2020 presidential campaign. During a town hall Saturday, former Vice President Joe Biden brought up the shocking revelation that Trump reportedly knew of the bounties for months and slammed the president for doing worse than nothing. Not only has he failed to sanction or impose any kind of consequences on Russia for this egregious violation of international law, Donald Trump has continued his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin, Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said. He has had this information according to the Times, and yet he offered to host Putin in the United States and sought to invite Russia to rejoin the G7. His entire presidency has been a gift to Putin. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., questioned how Trump could hold an amicable relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin -- even welcoming him to a G-7 Summit in America -- while his regime was reportedly trying to kill Americans.

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Criticism is directly proportional to success. Therefore, it's almost impossible to wish for success without tasting the former attribute.

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