from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that precedes and indicates, suggests, or announces someone or something to come: Colonial opposition to unfair taxation by the British was a precursor of the Revolution.
- n. One that precedes another; a forerunner or predecessor: The new principal's precursor was an eminent educator.
- n. A biochemical substance, such as an intermediate compound in a chain of enzymatic reactions, from which a more stable or definitive product is formed: a precursor of insulin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. That which precurses, a forerunner, a predecessor, an indicator of approaching events.
- n. One of the compounds that participates in the chemical reaction that produces another compound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, precedes an event, and indicates its approach; a forerunner; a harbinger.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A forerunner; also, that which precedes an event and indicates its approach.
- n. Synonyms Predecessor, herald, omen, sign.
- n. Specifically, in the history of the fine arts, an early artist of a school or period, or an artist who preceded such a school or period. The precursors of the Renaissance in Italy are the sculptors and painters of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. such as Niccola Pisano, Giotto, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
- n. a substance from which another substance is formed (especially by a metabolic reaction)
- n. a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
Middle English precursoure, from Old French precurseur, from Latin praecursor, from praecursus, past participle of praecurrere, to run before : prae-, pre- + currere, to run.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praecursor ("forerunner") (Wiktionary)