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Meaning of FOLLOWING

Pronunciation:  'fâlowing

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture; "the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"
  2. [n]  a group of followers or enthusiasts
  3. [adj]  immediately following in time or order; "the following day"; "next in line"; "the next president"; "the next item on the list"
  4. [adj]  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"

FOLLOWING is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: chase, followers, next, pursuing, pursuit, shadowing, stalking, succeeding(a), tailing
 Antonyms: leading
 See Also: afficionado, buff, claque, devotee, faithful, fan, fandom, hoi polloi, lover, mass, masses, motion, move, movement, multitude, people, shadowing, stalk, stalking, tailing, tracking, trailing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fol"low*ing\, n.
    1. One's followers, adherents, or dependents, collectively.
    2. Vocation; business; profession.
  2. \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.
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