from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that forms; a maker or creator: a former of ideas.
- n. A member of a school form: a fifth former.
- adj. Occurring earlier in time.
- adj. Of, relating to, or taking place in the past.
- adj. Coming before in place or order; foregoing.
- adj. Being the first of two mentioned.
- adj. Having been in the past: a former ambassador.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. previous
- adj. first of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.
- n. Someone who forms something.
- n. An object used to form something.
- n. Someone in, or of, a certain form (class).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
- adj. Near the beginning; preceeding.
- adj. Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.
- n. One who forms; a maker; a creator.
- n. A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed.
- n. A templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is shaped.
- n. A cutting die.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being before in place; fore; first; foremost.
- Being or happening before in time; preceding another or something else in order of time; prior.
- Past; especially, long past; ancient.
- Preceding or going before in a series; antecedent in order of thought, of action, etc.: specifically applied to the antecedent one of two things, or of two parts or divisions of anything.
- n. A predecessor.
- n. One who forms, fashions, creates, or makes; a creator.
- n. Specifically, a pattern in or upon which anything is shaped, as a piece of wood used for shaping cartridges and gun-wads; any mechanism contributing to give shape to an article in process of manufacture.
- n. One of a number of appliances and machines used in bending and shaping sheet-metal into tubes, cylinders, boxes, and other forms.
- n. The templet used for the cutting of gear-teeth; the guide used for giving desired motion to the cutter when forming or cutting irregularly shaped pieces in a profiling-machine.
- n. In electricity, a frame upon which the coils of certain types of armatures and transformers are wound.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the first of two or the first mentioned of two
- adj. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
- adj. belonging to the distant past
- adj. referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)
- adj. belonging to some prior time
Or that people with AN just really need to get laid heard that from a former T...that's why she's a *former* T
But in this case the article is only cheap with reference to its _former_ price; the so-called cheapness is only our expression for the sensation of contrast between its former and existing prices.
Spades is giving new salacious meaning to the phrase "former Clinton intern," although -- believe it or not -- Bill was not even involved!
Phillips: It goes without saying the end game for the Tea Party movement is a conservative House and a conservative Senate, or as I had a chance to tell some people earlier today, next year at this time we need to see the title former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and former Senator Harry Reid.
The former is Greek for universal, the latter means right believing
The former is shorthand for the Employee Free Choice Act, a labor-backed bill in Congress that would enable unions to organize workplaces through signed petitions instead of secret ballot elections.
The former is short for rock 'n roll and the latter is a semi-derogatory reference to country music.
Consider: would you vote for Obama over, say, Vladimir Putin on the grounds that the former is an American citizen (pace those Birther idiots)?
Of course there is: because the former is an actual right, while the latter is a mere preference.
And while nothing should justify the latter, the former is another question.