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.

    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. Ei Kaku:

    Recent comments from current and former central bank governors suggest a consensus is building among Chinese policymakers that they do not attach much significance to defending the seven per dollar level.

  2. Harmeet Dhillon:

    The Dalai Lama, the former president of Mexico, famous people come to Cal all the time to speak and they’re allowed to speak and their speech is not barred, their speech is not relegated to 1 to 3 p.m. Their speech is not relegated to being on campus.And their speech is not restricted to only students and their speech is not restricted to not being advertised. These are all unique requirements that are being imposed on conservative speakers at Cal.

  3. Vittorio Colao:

    There is a clear agenda on the part of these companies to undo 30 years of customer choice, re-establish their former monopolies and make it very difficult for other players to compete.

  4. Michael Caputo:

    Paul Ryan said. Michael Caputo, a former Donald Trump adviser who still supports Michael Caputo, said Donald Trump still has time to right the ship. Staying on message is absolutely key, after 30 years of speaking Donald Trump mind, Donald Trump has to understand that the general election for president of the United States is all about staying on message.

  5. 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. ’.

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