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Difference Between Former and Firster

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Former

A former is an object, such as a template, gauge or cutting die, which is used to form something such as a boat's hull. Typically, a former gives shape to a structure that may have complex curvature.

Firster

(in combination) A person who advocates the primacy of the named entity (who puts it first).

Former

One that forms; a maker or creator
A former of ideas.

Firster

(obsolete) Earlier, former.

Former

A member of a school form
A fifth former.

Former

The first of two persons or things mentioned
"The army was pulling itself together, the government was coming apart. The success of the former was continually imperiled by the failure of the latter" (Garry Wills).
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Former

Relating to or taking place in the past
In former times.

Former

Having been so in the past
A former ambassador.
His former boss.

Former

Being the first of two mentioned.

Former

Previous.
A former president;
The former East Germany

Former

First of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.
The former is a good idea but the latter is not.
We have two cars, a red one and a blue one. We won the former on a game show.

Former

Someone who forms something; a maker; a creator or founder.
Dave was the former of the company.
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Former

An object used to form something, such as a template, gauge, or cutting die.
The brick arch was built using a wooden former.

Former

Someone in, or of, a certain form (class).

Former

One who forms; a maker; a creator.

Former

A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed.

Former

Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age.
The latter and former rain.

Former

Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a discourse or argument.

Former

Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.
A bad author deserves better usage than a bad critic; a man may be the former merely through the misfortune of an ill judgment; but he can not be latter without both that and an ill temper.

Former

The first of two or the first mentioned of two;
Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today

Former

Referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several);
The novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one

Former

Belonging to some prior time;
Erstwhile friend
Our former glory
The once capital of the state
Her quondam lover

Former

(used especially of persons) of the immediate past;
The former president
Our late President is still very active
The previous occupant of the White House

Former

Of the distant past;
The early inhabitants of Europe
Former generations
In other times

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