What does precursor mean?

Definitions for precursorprɪˈkɜr sər, ˈpri kɜr-

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. precursor(noun)

    a substance from which another substance is formed (especially by a metabolic reaction)

  2. precursor, forerunner(noun)

    a person who goes before or announces the coming of another

  3. harbinger, forerunner, predecessor, herald, precursor(noun)

    something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone


  1. precursor(Noun)

    That which precurses, a forerunner, a predecessor, an indicator of approaching events.

  2. precursor(Noun)

    One of the compounds that participates in the chemical reaction that produces another compound.

  3. Origin: From praecursor

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precursor(noun)

    one who, or that which, precedes an event, and indicates its approach; a forerunner; a harbinger

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. precursor

    Any chemical reactant which takes place at any stage in the production by whatever method of a toxic chemical. This includes any key component of a binary or multicomponent chemical system.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precursor in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precursor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robin Bhar:

    The markets are perhaps eyeing that as a precursor to a pick up in demand as we go into Q4.

  2. Aimee Eyvazzadeh:

    They've said they've discovered this precursor cell in humans and this cell can somehow mature into healthy, young fertilizable eggs? Well, that's awesome, let me at that cell!

  3. Elizabeth Sattely:

    We used these genes to engineer a wild relative of tobacco to make the drug precursor and think we could also use these genes to make the drug in other easy-to-grow organisms such as yeast.

  4. Madeline Bernstein:

    Two years is a great sentence, typically across the county we're battling with people taking these cases seriously. It's a significant crime, a violent crime and can be a precursor of violence toward people.

  5. Ian Storey:

    As these facilities become operational, Chinese warnings to both military and civilian aircraft will become routine, these events are a precursor to an ADIZ, or an undeclared but de facto ADIZ, and one has to expect tensions to rise.

Images & Illustrations of precursor

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Translations for precursor

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • předchůdceCzech
  • Vorläufer, Präkursor, EduktGerman
  • esiasteFinnish
  • réactif, précurseurFrench
  • prekurzor, előfutárHungarian
  • 前兆, 前駆体, 先駆者, 前駆物質Japanese
  • voorloper, precursorDutch
  • prekursorPolish
  • предшественник, предшественница, реактив, предвестник, предвестницаRussian
  • förelöpare, föregångareSwedish
  • öncülTurkish
  • imvulaZulu

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