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
I've tried out and that's harder to do than just "preform" u know?
Ordinary optical fibers are made from a "preform," a large cylinder of a single material that is heated up, drawn out, and then cooled.
- I am grateful these give me the opportunity to 'preform'.
The manufacturing breakthrough that made this possible is a system of drawing out a foot-long "preform" with millimeter-thick layers, into hundreds of meters of fiber with micron-thick layers.
Today I will be auditioning for the role of Anita, and I will preform a selection from The Rejectionist titled "This Month In Queries" Then the director will say, "I've never read that play" and I'll be like, "Well, you should."
Inductees, referred to as "neophytes" by members, are traditionally required to sit at tables with long black table cloths, and, at least in last year's ceremony, are required to preform for the crowd.
I am just looking for a good belt knife carry around in the outdoors and preform simple chores.
For example, on his 2010 campaign, West hired a criminal motorcycle gang that had been indicted by the FBI for violent racketeering and attempted murder to preform security for campaign events.
No matter how much liberals or conservatives bitch about our system, (mostly liberals) our system has created the best doctors in the world, and taking the system away that created such wonderful doctors would be a disservice to not only ourselves but the people of third world countries that many of our doctors so often preform pro bono work in.
Just get it over with, allow for same sex marriages and then allow churches to make their own decision of if they want to preform the ceremonies or not.