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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preformverb

    form into a shape resembling the final, desired one

  2. preformverb

    form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand


  1. preformnoun

    An object that has undergone preliminary shaping but is not yet in its final form.

  2. preformnoun

    The rough, incomplete and unused basic form of a stone tool.

  3. preformnoun

    A word that is no longer in use, but has been reconstructed from current ones.

  4. preformverb

    To shape something before some other operation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Preformverb

    To form beforehand.

    Etymology: præ and form.

    If you consider the true cause,
    Why all these things change, from their ordinance,
    Their natures and preformed faculties,
    To monstrous quality; why you shall find,
    That heav’n made them instruments of fear
    Unto some monstrous state. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.


  1. preform

    A preform is an intermediate product that is subsequently shaped into a final product. It is usually in a ready-to-use form created through molding or similar processes in manufacturing. The term is also often used in the context of the production of plastic bottles where plastic material is given a preliminary bottle-like shape for later blow molding into a final product.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preformverb

    to form beforehand, or for special ends

  2. Etymology: [L. praeformare. See Pre-, and Form.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preform

    prē-form′, v.t. (Shak.) to form beforehand: to determine the shape of beforehand.—n. Preformā′tion.—adj. Prefor′mative.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preform in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preform in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of preform in a Sentence

  1. George Washington Carver:

    I hold before you my hand with each finger standing erect and alone, and as long as they are held thus, not one of the tasks that the hand may preform can be accomplished. I cannot lift. I cannot grasp. I cannot hold. I cannot even make an intelligible sign until my fingers organize and work together. In this we should also learn a lesson.

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