American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- adj. Coming next, either in sequence or in time
- adj. About to be specified
- adj. of a wind 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One's followers, adherents, or dependents, collectively.
- n. Vocation; business; profession.
- adj. Next after; succeeding; ensuing.
- adj. (Astron.) (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
- 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
“This would result in twelve columns of equal number of cards, as seen in tableau, _but for the following conditions_: In dealing the first eight cards, count them as you deal, from one to eight, and when any card is suitable for a foundation, or to continue a foundation, play it, counting the next card as the _following number_.”
“Mark Sanford served the remaining two years of his term following his admission of an affair with an Argentine woman and his misuse of state funds.”
“The rules for beginning school mean that a child reaches compulsory school age at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday.”
“While Palin was not the first to use the term following the shooting -- Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds wrote about "The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel" in the Wall Street Journal on Monday -- her celebrity brought it to national attention.”
“To get you in the mood, we've put together an exclusive interview with Gibney, talking about the genesis of the movie, and his own "pain" his word following the 1986 Buckner flub.”
“Mr. Lieberman said on Wednesday that he looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name following police investigations against him that stretch back more than a decade.”
“Ferguson's ire will be sparked on Sunday if Chelsea depart Old Trafford having turned United over and will intensify on 22 May if the champions go on to retain their title following proceedings here.”
“They changed their name following the September 2001 attacks in the United States to more closely ally themselves with the broader al-Qaida movement.”
“The saga began a few days into his term following Barack Obama's speech in Cairo over a request for a freeze on new settlement construction in West Bank Jewish settlements to encourage peace talks with the Palestinians.”
“The one notable exception came in 1993 when Marseille beat Milan to lift the European Cup, but it was subsequently stripped of the title following a match-fixing scandal.”
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