from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To shape or form beforehand.
- transitive v. To determine the shape or form of beforehand.
- n. An object that has been subjected to preliminary, usually incomplete shaping or molding before undergoing complete or final processing.
- n. Linguistics A reconstructed ancestral word or form.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An object that has undergone preliminary shaping but is not yet in its final form.
- n. The rough, incomplete and unused basic form of a stone tool.
- n. A word that is no longer in use, but has been reconstructed from current ones.
- v. To shape something before some other operation.
- v. Common misspelling of perform.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To form beforehand, or for special ends.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To form beforehand; execute or create previously.
- In biology, to determine beforehand the shape or form of; furnish the mold or model of (something afterward to take shape): as, bone preformed in cartilage; the fetal skeleton preforms that of the adult.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand
- v. form into a shape resembling the final, desired one
From pre- + form. (Wiktionary)