American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that precedes, as in time; a predecessor.
- n. An ancestor; a forebear.
- n. One that comes before and indicates the approach of another; a harbinger.
- n. A warning sign or symptom.
- n. Sports One who skis the course before the beginning of a race.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which foreruns; an annunciator; a harbinger: as, John the Baptist was the forerunner of Christ.
- n. An ancestor or predecessor.
- n. A prognostic; a premonitory token; a sign foreshowing something to follow: as, popular tumults are the forerunners of revolution.
- n. Nautical, a piece of bunting or other material inserted in a log-line to mark the point at which the glass must be turned.
- n. a runner at the front or ahead
- n. a precursor or harbinger, a warning ahead
- n. a forebear, an ancestor, a predecessor
- n. philately a postage stamp used in the time before a region or area issues stamps of its own
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A messenger sent before to give notice of the approach of others; a harbinger; a sign foreshowing something; a prognostic.
- n. obsolete A predecessor; an ancestor.
- n. (Naut.) A piece of rag terminating the log line.
- n. a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
- n. something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
- n. anything that precedes something similar in time
- fore + runner (Wiktionary)
“For me I use nokia sports tracker and my N95 8gb with its GPS for location, speed etc, but a garmin forerunner for heart rate.”
“Just launched, the new Francis collection is inspired by the Biedermeier style 1850s whose geometric shape is often described as the forerunner of modern furniture.”
“Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made a high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”
“The Iron Heel by Jack London (1907) has been described as a forerunner to the “soft” science fiction of the 1960s and 70s.”
““Red Eyebrows”, a contemporary agrarian rebel group sometimes described as the forerunner of secret societies and underworld gangs such as the Triads.”
“A forerunner is the Gold Class Cinema that Village Roadshow opened in Australia in 2000.”
“But the greatest of modern Dutch authors, and the one who may be termed the forerunner of the renaissance of 1880, was E. Douwes Dekker, who died thirteen years ago.”
“In that sense Kant's famous _Critique of the Pure Reason_ may be described as the forerunner of the systematic agnosticism which is set forth in the _First Principles_ of Mr. Spencer.”
“In sledging over wide, monotonous wastes with dogs as the motive power, it is necessary to have a forerunner, that is, somebody to go ahead and point the way, otherwise the dogs will run aimlessly about.”
“This quilt may be termed a forerunner of the vast array of pieced and patched washable quilts belonging to the nineteenth century.”
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