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fore·run·ner

 (fôr′rŭn′ər)
n.
1.
a. One that precedes, as in time; a predecessor.
b. An ancestor; a forebear.
2.
a. One that comes before and indicates the approach of another; a harbinger.
b. A warning sign or symptom.
3. One who skis a course before the beginning of a race.

forerunner

(ˈfɔːˌrʌnə)
n
1. a person or thing that precedes another; precursor
2. a person or thing coming in advance to herald the arrival of someone or something; harbinger
3. an indication beforehand of something to follow; omen; portent

fore•run•ner

(ˈfɔrˌrʌn ər, ˈfoʊr-, fɔrˈrʌn ər, foʊr-)

n.
1. predecessor; ancestor; precursor.
2. an omen or sign of something to follow; portent.
3. a person who appears in advance to announce the coming of someone or something else; herald; harbinger.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forerunner - a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
predecessor - one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)
2.forerunner - something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
indicant, indication - something that serves to indicate or suggest; "an indication of foul play"; "indications of strain"; "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"
3.forerunner - anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
temporal relation - a relation involving time

forerunner

noun
1. omen, sign, indication, token, premonition, portent, augury, prognostic, foretoken Some respiratory symptoms can be the forerunners of asthma.
2. precursor, predecessor, ancestor, prototype, forebear, harbinger, progenitor, herald the forerunners of those who were to support the Nazis

forerunner

noun
1. One that precedes, as in time:
2. A phenomenon that serves as a sign or warning of some future good or evil:
Idiom: writing on the wall.
3. One that indicates or announces someone or something to come:
Translations
السابِق، المُمَهِّد، المُبَشِّر بِمَجيء
předzvěst
forgængerforløber
elõhírnök
fyrirrennari
praecursor
pirmtakas
priekšgājējspriekštecis

forerunner

[ˈfɔːˌrʌnəʳ] Nprecursor(a) m/f

forerunner

[ˈfɔːrrʌnər] n (= person) → précurseur m (= thing) → ancêtre m
to be the forerunner of sth [thing] → être l'ancêtre de qch

forerunner

n (= precursor)Vorläufer m; a forerunner of things to comeein Vorbote mder Zukunft

forerunner

[ˈfɔːˌrʌnəʳ] nprecursore m; (Skiing) → apripista m/f inv

forerunner

(ˈfoːranə) noun
a person or thing which is a sign of what is to follow. Penicillin was the forerunner of modern antibiotics.
References in classic literature ?
The idea of the story had suggested itself to him, we are told, before he had finished its immediate forerunner, "The Last of the Mohicans.
He had begun to romp with them in a feeble, awkward way, and even to squabble, his little throat vibrating with a queer rasping noise (the forerunner of the growl), as he worked himself into a passion.
But his teaching never quite died, for by giving the English people the Bible Wyclif left a lasting mark on England; and although the Reformation did not come until two hundred years later, he may be looked upon as its forerunner.
It seemed like the forerunner of something absolutely serious, which she did not wish.
This terrible spectacle was the forerunner of the series of maritime catastrophes that the Nautilus was destined to meet with in its route.
It will be the forerunner also of other interesting events: your sister's marriage, and your taking orders.
It was a warm evening for the time of year, and even in those gray streets of South London there was the languor of February; nature is restless then after the long winter months, growing things awake from their sleep, and there is a rustle in the earth, a forerunner of spring, as it resumes its eternal activities.
But, astounded as he was by the apparition of the dwarf among the Little Bethelites, and not free from a misgiving that it was the forerunner of some trouble or annoyance, he was compelled to subdue his wonder and to take active measures for the withdrawal of his parent, as the evening was now creeping on, and the matter grew serious.
The ship drew on and had safely passed the strait, which some volcanic shock has made between the Calasareigne and Jaros islands; had doubled Pomegue, and approached the harbor under topsails, jib, and spanker, but so slowly and sedately that the idlers, with that instinct which is the forerunner of evil, asked one another what misfortune could have happened on board.
While I bring but words to my love, they be the forerunner of deeds, I hope, that will give her back to me forever.
At first, he was pleased with the discovery: hoping that it might be the forerunner of his release; but such thoughts were quickly dispelled, on his sitting down to breakfast along with the Jew, who told him, in a tone and manner which increased his alarm, that he was to be taken to the residence of Bill Sikes that night.
They were buzzards, the vultures of the west, whose coming is the forerunner of death.