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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Coming next in time or order: in the following chapter.
  • adj. Now to be enumerated: The following people will report for duty.
  • adj. Blowing in the same direction as the course of a ship or an aircraft. Used of wind.
  • n. A group or gathering of admirers, adherents, or disciples: a lecturer with a large following.
  • prep. Subsequent to; after: Following dinner, brandy was served in the study.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Coming next, either in sequence or in time
  • adj. About to be specified
  • adj. Blowing in the direction of travel
  • prep. After, subsequent to.
  • n. A group of followers, attendants or admirers; an entourage.
  • n. Something to be mentioned immediately later. Used with the definite article the.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One's followers, adherents, or dependents, collectively.
  • n. Vocation; business; profession.
  • adj. Next after; succeeding; ensuing.
  • adj. (In the field of a telescope) In the direction from which stars are apparently moving (in consequence of the earth's rotation). In the direction toward which stars appear to move is called preceding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A body of followers, retainers, attendants, or supporters; the adherents, disciples, or imitators of a particular leader or system, considered collectively; the persons composing a sect or party that follows the lead of a chief, or is devoted to the same cause, body of principles, or system of teaching or action.
  • n. What one follows as an occupation or trade; vocation; calling; occupation.
  • Immediately succeeding; coming next in order; ensuing: as, during the following week.
  • That is now to follow; now to be related, set forth, described, or explained: as, the following story I can vouch for; in the following order.
  • In naval architecture, said of the edge or end of a surface or blade, as a propeller blade, which is in the rear when moving through water: opposed to leading.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of followers or enthusiasts
  • adj. immediately following in time or order
  • adj. in the desired direction
  • adj. going or proceeding or coming after in the same direction
  • adj. about to be mentioned or specified
  • n. the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

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