Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that follows, especially.
  • noun One who accepts the guidance, command, or leadership of another.
  • noun One who has a strong interest or pays close attention to something.
  • noun A machine element moved by another machine element.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A wheel which is driven by another wheel, either by a belt or by a tooth connection.
  • noun The smaller element of a compound piston, which is bolted to the larger to complete the structure.
  • noun One who follows another, in any sense of the verb follow.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In machinery, any part of a machine moving in a limited range, as in guides, and following the motion of another part.
  • noun In a steam-engine, the cover of a piston or of a stuffing-box.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who follows; a pursuer; an attendant; a disciple; a dependent associate; a retainer.
  • noun colloq. A sweetheart; a beau.
  • noun The removable flange, or cover, of a piston. See Illust. of Piston.
  • noun A gland. See Illust. of Stuffing box.
  • noun (Mach.) The part of a machine that receives motion from another part. See Driver.
  • noun Among law stationers, a sheet of parchment or paper which is added to the first sheet of an indenture or other deed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun literally One who follows, comes after another.
  • noun Something that comes after another thing.
  • noun One who is a part of master's physical group, such as a servant or retainer.
  • noun One who follows mentally, adherer to the opinions, ideas or teachings of another, a movement etc.
  • noun An imitator, who follows another's example
  • noun A pursuer.
  • noun A machine part receiving motion from another
  • noun A man courting a maidservant.
  • noun Young cattle.
  • noun A metal piece placed at the top of a candle to keep the wax melting evenly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who accepts the leadership of another
  • noun someone who travels behind or pursues another

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

to follow + -er

Examples

  • _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.

    Beowulf

  • _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.

    Beowulf

  • Twitter devotee, points out that for all its flaws, the term follower "is more honest than friend."

    doggdot.us

  • a comedian and Twitter devotee, points out that for all its flaws, the term follower "is more honest than friend."

    How to Twitter

  • A follower is actively (more or less) trying to follow a stream someone else is producing and editing.

    Twitter Is Giving Facebook an Inferiority Complex

  • That denial upset a Palin follower, who responded.

    Think Progress » LL Cool J Says Fox News Is ‘Misrepresenting’ One Of His Old Interviews To Promote Sarah Palin’s New Show

  • 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).

    10 posts from December 2009

  • 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.

    REVIEW: The Bridge by Zoran Živković

  • 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).

    followings

  • 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).

    followings

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