American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who subscribes to the teachings or methods of another; an adherent: a follower of Gandhi.
- n. A servant; a subordinate.
- n. A fan; an enthusiast.
- n. One that imitates or copies another: A successful marketing campaign will have many followers.
- n. A machine element moved by another machine element.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who follows another, in any sense of the verb follow. In particular— One who follows or accompanies a master or leader as servant, attendant, dependent, associate, or supporter.
- n. One who follows a master or teacher as a disciple or adherent: one who takes another as his guide in doctrines, opinion, or example, or an adherent of a particular doctrine or system.
- n. One who follows in practice the conduct, course, or example of another; one who conforms his conduct or course to that of some person or thing regarded as a model or pattern; an imitator: as, Terence was a follower of Menander.
- n. A man who “keeps company” with a young woman; especially, one who is in the habit of calling upon a maid-servant to pay his addresses; a beau.
- n. In machinery, any part of a machine moving in a limited range, as in guides, and following the motion of another part.
- n. In a steam-engine, the cover of a piston or of a stuffing-box.
- n. In pile-driving, a wooden block placed on top of a pile that is to be driven deeper than the weight of the pile-driver can fall. By the use of such a block the pile can be driven even after its head is under water.
- n. A wheel which is driven by another wheel, either by a belt or by a tooth connection.
- n. The smaller element of a compound piston, which is bolted to the larger to complete the structure. It is usually a plate, or it may be a ring. In old English designs using fibrous packing, the follower was called the junk-ring.
- n. literally One who follows, comes after another.
- n. Something that comes after another thing.
- n. One who is a part of master's physical group, such as a servant or retainer.
- n. One who follows mentally, adherer to the opinions, ideas or teachings of another, a movement etc.
- n. An imitator, who follows another's example
- n. A pursuer.
- n. A machine part receiving motion from another
- n. A man courting a maidservant.
- n. Young cattle.
- n. A metal piece placed at the top of a candle to keep the wax melting evenly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who follows; a pursuer; an attendant; a disciple; a dependent associate; a retainer.
- n. colloq. A sweetheart; a beau.
- n. The removable flange, or cover, of a piston. See
- n. A gland. See
Illust.of Stuffing box.
- n. (Mach.) The part of a machine that receives motion from another part. See Driver.
- n. Among law stationers, a sheet of parchment or paper which is added to the first sheet of an indenture or other deed.
- n. a person who accepts the leadership of another
- n. someone who travels behind or pursues another
- to follow + -er (Wiktionary)
“_in a powerful manner_, 1336; on gesîðes hâd, _in the position of follower, as follower_, 1298; on sweordes hâd, _in the form of a sword_, 2194.”
“_in a powerful manner_, 1336; on gesīðes hād, _in the position of follower, as follower_, 1298; on sweordes hād, _in the form of a sword_, 2194.”
“Twitter devotee, points out that for all its flaws, the term follower "is more honest than friend.”
“a comedian and Twitter devotee, points out that for all its flaws, the term follower "is more honest than friend.”
“I think a follower is someone who prioritizes the one thing over others in a meaningful way (i.e. I'll spend less (time, money, focus, whatever) on Y because I care about X and want to put my limited energy there).”
“A follower is actively (more or less) trying to follow a stream someone else is producing and editing.”
“That denial upset a Palin follower, who responded.”
“Very odd things happen involving games of chance, and usually the follower is finally caught up in the action at this point -- going from simple observer to participant, but there's never any commentary from the followed.”
“He's a Bush/Mccain follower so why is anything he said even printed.”
“Marcus Garvey had to invoke his parallel slave narrative and the discourse of Pan Africanism to win follower to him in Harlem in the 1920s.”
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