Former

Definition of Former

Form´er
n.1.One who forms; a maker; a creator.
2.(Mech.) A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed.
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.

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