Webster 1913 Edition
One who forms; a maker; a creator.
A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed.
A templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is shaped.
A cutting die.
[A compar. due to OE.
Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
For inquire, I pray thee, of the
Job. viii. 8.
The latter and
Hosea vi. 3.
Near the beginning; preceeding;
formerpart of a discourse or argument
Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.
Syn. – Prior; previous; anterior; antecedent; preceding; foregoing.
Webster 1828 Edition