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Former vs. Modern

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Formeradjective

Previous.

‘A former president;’; ‘the former East Germany’;

Modernadjective

Pertaining to a current or recent time and style; not ancient.

‘Our online interactive game is a modern approach to teaching about gum disease.’; ‘Although it was built in the 1600s, the building still has a very modern look.’;

Formeradjective

First of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.

‘The former is a good idea but the latter is not.’; ‘I drive two vehicles, a Chevy Camaro and an AMC Gremlin. I won the former on a game show.’;

Modernadjective

(history) Pertaining to the modern period (c.1800 to contemporary times), particularly in academic historiography.

Formernoun

Someone who forms something; a maker; a creator or founder.

‘Dave was the former of the company.’;

Modernnoun

Someone who lives in modern times.

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Formernoun

An object used to form something, such as a template, gauge, or cutting die.

‘The brick arch was built using a wooden former.’;

Modernadjective

Of or pertaining to the present time, or time not long past; late; not ancient or remote in past time; of recent period; as, modern days, ages, or time; modern authors; modern fashions; modern taste; modern practice.

Formernoun

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

Modernadjective

New and common; trite; commonplace.

‘We have our philosophical persons, to make modern and familiar, things supernatural and causeless.’;

Formernoun

One who forms; a maker; a creator.

Modernnoun

A person of modern times; - opposed to ancient.

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Formernoun

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

Modernnoun

a contemporary person

Formeradjective

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.’;

Modernnoun

a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes

Formeradjective

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

Modernadjective

belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages;

‘modern art’; ‘modern furniture’; ‘modern history’; ‘totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric’;

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Formeradjective

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.’;

Modernadjective

relating to a recently developed fashion or style;

‘their offices are in a modern skyscraper’; ‘tables in modernistic designs’;

Formernoun

the first of two or the first mentioned of two;

‘Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today’;

Modernadjective

characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture

Formeradjective

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’;

Modernadjective

ahead of the times;

‘the advanced teaching methods’; ‘had advanced views on the subject’; ‘a forward-looking corporation’; ‘is British industry innovative enough?’;

Formeradjective

belonging to some prior time;

‘erstwhile friend’; ‘our former glory’; ‘the once capital of the state’; ‘her quondam lover’;

Modernadjective

used of a living language; being the current stage in its development;

‘Modern English’; ‘New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew’;

Formeradjective

(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’;

Formeradjective

of the distant past;

‘the early inhabitants of Europe’; ‘former generations’; ‘in other times’;

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.

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