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following


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Follow  \Fol"low\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Followed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Following}.][OE.  foluwen  folwen,  folgen  AS  folgian 
  fylgean  fylgan  akin  to  D.  volgen,  OHG.  folg?n,  G.  folgen 
  Icel.  fylgja  Sw  f["o]lja,  Dan.  f["o]lge,  and  perh.  to  E. 
  folk.] 
  1.  To  go  or  come  after  to  move  behind  in  the  same  path  or 
  direction;  hence  to  go  with  (a  leader,  guide,  etc.);  to 
  accompany;  to  attend. 
 
  It  waves  me  forth  again  I'll  follow  it  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  endeavor  to  overtake;  to  go  in  pursuit  of  to  chase;  to 
  pursue;  to  prosecute. 
 
  I  will  harden  the  hearts  of  the  Egyptians,  and  they 
  shall  follow  them  --Ex.  xiv.  17. 
 
  3.  To  accept  as  authority;  to  adopt  the  opinions  of  to  obey; 
  to  yield  to  to  take  as  a  rule  of  action  as  to  follow 
  good  advice. 
 
  Approve  the  best,  and  follow  what  I  approve. 
  --Milton. 
 
  Follow  peace  with  all  men.  --Heb.  xii. 
  14. 
 
  It  is  most  agreeable  to  some  men  to  follow  their 
  reason;  and  to  others  to  follow  their  appetites. 
  --J.  Edwards. 
 
  4.  To  copy  after  to  take  as  an  example. 
 
  We  had  rather  follow  the  perfections  of  them  whom  we 
  like  not  than  in  defects  resemble  them  whom  we 
  love.  --Hooker. 
 
  5.  To  succeed  in  order  of  time,  rank,  or  office. 
 
  6.  To  result  from  as  an  effect  from  a  cause  or  an  inference 
  from  a  premise. 
 
  7.  To  watch,  as  a  receding  object;  to  keep  the  eyes  fixed 
  upon  while  in  motion;  to  keep  the  mind  upon  while  in 
  progress,  as  a  speech,  musical  performance,  etc.;  also  to 
  keep  up  with  to  understand  the  meaning,  connection,  or 
  force  of  as  of  a  course  of  thought  or  argument. 
 
  He  followed  with  his  eyes  the  flitting  shade. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  8.  To  walk  in  as  a  road  or  course;  to  attend  upon  closely, 
  as  a  profession  or  calling. 
 
  O,  had  I  but  followed  the  arts!  --Shak. 
 
  O  Antony!  I  have  followed  thee  to  this  --Shak. 
 
  {Follow  board}  (Founding),  a  board  on  which  the  pattern  and 
  the  flask  lie  while  the  sand  is  rammed  into  the  flask. 
  --Knight. 
 
  {To  follow  the  hounds},  to  hunt  with  dogs. 
 
  {To  follow  suit}  (Card  Playing),  to  play  a  card  of  the  same 
  suit  as  the  leading  card;  hence  colloquially,  to  follow 
  an  example  set 
 
  {To  follow  up},  to  pursue  indefatigably. 
 
  Syn:  Syn.-  To  pursue;  chase;  go  after  attend;  accompany; 
  succeed;  imitate;  copy;  embrace;  maintain. 
 
  Usage:  -  To  {Follow},  {Pursue}.  To  follow  (v.t.)  denotes 
  simply  to  go  after  to  pursue  denotes  to  follow  with 
  earnestness,  and  with  a  view  to  attain  some  definite 
  object;  as  a  hound  pursues  the  deer.  So  a  person 
  follows  a  companion  whom  he  wishes  to  overtake  on  a 
  journey;  the  officers  of  justice  pursue  a  felon  who 
  has  escaped  from  prison. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Following  \Fol"low*ing\,  n. 
  1.  One's  followers,  adherents,  or  dependents,  collectively. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  Vocation;  business;  profession. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Following  \Fol"low*ing\,  a. 
  1.  Next  after  succeeding;  ensuing;  as  the  assembly  was  held 
  on  the  following  day 
 
  2.  (Astron.)  (In  the  field  of  a  telescope)  In  the  direction 
  from  which  stars  are  apparently  moving  (in  consequence  of 
  the  earth's  rotation);  as  a  small  star,  north  following 
  or  south  following.  In  the  direction  toward  which  stars 
  appear  to  move  is  called  preceding. 
 
  Note:  The  four  principal  directions  in  the  field  of  a 
  telescope  are  north,  south,  following,  preceding. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  following 
  adj  1:  going  or  proceeding  or  coming  after  in  the  same  direction; 
  "the  crowd  of  following  cars  made  the  occasion  seem 
  like  a  parade";  "tried  to  outrun  the  following 
  footsteps"  [ant:  {leading}] 
  2:  in  the  desired  direction;  "a  following  wind"  [syn:  {following(a)}] 
  3:  immediately  following  in  time  or  order  "the  following  day"; 
  "next  in  line";  "the  next  president";  "the  next  item  on 
  the  list"  [syn:  {next}] 
  4:  about  to  be  mentioned  or  specified;  "the  following  items 
  [syn:  {following(a)},  {undermentioned}] 
  n  1:  a  group  of  followers  or  enthusiasts  [syn:  {followers}] 
  2:  the  act  of  pursuing  [syn:  {pursuit},  {chase}] 




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