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.
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.
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)]
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]