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adj. ear·li·er, ear·li·est
1. Of or occurring near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events: in the early morning; scored two runs in the early innings.
a. Of or belonging to a previous or remote period of time: the early inhabitants of the British Isles.
b. Of or belonging to an initial stage of development: an early form of life; an early computer.
3. Occurring, developing, or appearing before the expected or usual time: an early spring; an early retirement.
4. Maturing or developing relatively soon: an early variety of tomato.
5. Occurring in the near future: hoped for an early end to the negotiations.
adv. ear·lier, ear·liest
a. Near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events: departed early in the day; scored important victories early in the campaign.
b. At or near the beginning of the morning: She never used to get up so early.
2. At or during a remote or initial period: decided very early to go into medicine.
3. Before the expected or usual time: arrived at the meeting a few minutes early.
4. Soon in relation to others of its kind: a rose that was cultivated to bloom early.
early on
At an early stage or point: Early on in the movie, the main character loses his job.

[Middle English erli, from Old English ǣrlīce : ǣr, before; see ayer- in Indo-European roots + -līce, adv. suff.; see -ly2.]

ear′li·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.earliness - quality of coming early or earlier in time
timing - the time when something happens
forwardness - an advanced stage; "the forwardness of the harvest this year"; "the arts are in no kind of forwardness in this matter"
lateness - quality of coming late or later in time
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snemma dags; òaî aî koma of snemma


(ˈəːli) adverb
1. near the beginning (of a period of time etc). early in my life; early in the afternoon.
2. sooner than others; sooner than usual; sooner than expected or than the appointed time. He arrived early; She came an hour early.
1. belonging to, or happening, near the beginning of a period of time etc. early morning; in the early part of the century.
2. belonging to the first stages of development. early musical instruments.
3. happening etc sooner than usual or than expected. the baby's early arrival; It's too early to get up yet.
4. prompt. I hope for an early reply to my letter.
ˈearliness noun
early bird
someone who gets up early or who acts before others do.
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Next, I bethought me, despite the earliness of the hour, of going to see Mr.
It was a hot, dry summer, which made the fruit from this vintage very flavorful-and may account for the lightness and earliness of the vintage.
The proposed model generates a master plan and daily schedules by maximizing the coverage of customers and the similarity of routes in each scenario while minimizing the total time spent by the couriers and the total earliness and lateness penalty.
Other possible objective such as delivery earliness tardiness can be added to the model.
It was argued that Africa tends to be imagined in the United States as a homogeneous entity either good in its earliness and remoteness or bad in its fierceness, scarcity, and illness.
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These studies documented extensive polymorphism in landrace morphology (Juzepczuk & Bukasov, 1929; Bukasov, 1930, 1933), chromosome numbers (Rybin, 1929, 1933), and physiological characters of frost tolerance, photoperiodic response, earliness, and dormancy (Bukasov, 1932, 1933; Razumov, 1931), reflecting adaptations to diverse ecogeographic conditions.
As against Kidderminster Harriers four days previously, the earliness of the Wearsiders' opening goal only added to the anxiety.
He said: "Given the earliness of the Budget, this gives more time to make sure hospitals and other services have their budgets in place on January 1.
But the earliness of the Euro adventure means that the side has to be at least nearing form if they hope to progress - especially given Malmo's pedigree, the Swedes 2-0 up after their home game.
Genes that control the flowering time (photoperiod (Ppd), vernalization (Vrn) and earliness per se (eps)) are critical to this wide adaptation.