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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 for·mer /ˈfɔrmɚ/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Form·er n.
 1. One who forms; a maker; a creator.
 2. Mech. (a) A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed. (b) A templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is shaped. (c) A cutting die.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 For·mer a.
 1. Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
    For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age.   --Job. viii. 8.
    The latter and former rain.   --Hosea vi. 3.
 3. Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a discourse or argument.
 3. Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.
    A bad author deserves better usage than a bad critic; a man may be the former merely through the misfortune of an ill judgment; but he can not be latter without both that and an ill temper.   --Pope.
 Syn: -- Prior; previous; anterior; antecedent; preceding; foregoing.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: 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" [syn: former(a)]
             [ant: latter(a)]
      2: belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our
         former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her
         quondam lover" [syn: erstwhile(a), former(a), once(a),
          onetime(a), quondam(a), sometime(a)]
      3: (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" [syn:
         former(a), late(a), previous(a)]
      4: of the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe";
         "former generations"; "in other times" [syn: early(a), former(a),
      n : the first of two or the first mentioned of two; "Tom and
          Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered
          today" [ant: latter]