Definitions

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  • n. A time previous to the present, or to a time alluded to or implied; former time or times.
  • adv. In former times.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The past; the time before the present.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A time previous to the present, or to a time alluded to or implied.

Etymologies

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From fore- +‎ time.

Examples

  • Its tethering to that generic foretime induces the experience of a further vivid component of noised listening.

    Noise is...

  • Senior Guard Jake is involved in a foretime plot on Curatol, where he was posing as a student but chose a piss poor school.

    waterdiluted Diary Entry

  • And touching his Maiesties fauour towards me on your behalfe, especially for her Maiesties sake, as in foretime it was extraordinary, and so specially shewed to mee, as to none the like: so hath his highnesse promised the continuance thereof, with, further fauour as shalbe desired.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • And though it is true that every age considers the world to be in a precarious state, at the very edge of dark, nevertheless Ada and Inman doubted if at any foretime in history the sense of an ending was as justified as it had been then.

    Cold Mountain

  • I slid foretime on the first murmur of the second change wind I had blown into our stuffy corner of the galaxy.

    Timegod's World

  • That even includes comparing the time length of past assignments, trying variations on Baldur's Locator tag signal, and sending Sammis back -- and foretime with portable Locator packs.

    Timegod's World

  • The Guard frowned on lifting objects from foretime pararealities.

    Timegod's World

  • At fifty centuries foretime from the objective time of the transplant, I found iron ships upon the shallow oceans and laden power wagons upon the roads.

    Timegod's World

  • Since I couldn't back - or foretime on Query itself, I had two choices -- either to mosey into each of the areas in the coming days and place them in broad daylight, so to speak, or to use the undertime to flash through during periods when the spaces were empty.

    Timegod's World

  • Then I went foretime, and there wasn't much change there, except that the locations of some towns changed.

    Timegod's World

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