Hypertext Webster Gateway: "after"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

After \Aft"er\, prep.
1. Behind in place; as, men in line one after another. ``Shut
doors after you.'' --Shak.

2. Below in rank; next to in order. --Shak.

Codrus after Ph?bus sings the best. --Dryden.

3. Later in time; subsequent; as, after supper, after three
days. It often precedes a clause. Formerly that was
interposed between it and the clause.

After I am risen again, I will go before you into
Galilee. --Matt. xxvi.

4. Subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you
have said, I shall be careful.

5. Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our
advice, you took that course.

6. Moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in
pursuit of.

Ye shall not go after other gods. --Deut. vi.

After whom is the king of Israel come out? --1 Sam.
xxiv. 14.

7. Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to;
as, to look after workmen; to inquire after a friend; to
thirst after righteousness.

8. In imitation of; in conformity with; after the manner of;
as, to make a thing after a model; a picture after Rubens;
the boy takes after his father.

{To name} or {call after}, to name like and reference to.

Our eldest son was named George after his uncle.

9. According to; in accordance with; in conformity with the
nature of; as, he acted after his kind.

He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes.
--Isa. xi. 3.

They that are after the flesh do mind the things of
the flesh. --Rom. viii.

10. According to the direction and influence of; in
proportion to; befitting. [Archaic]

He takes greatness of kingdoms according to bulk
and currency, and not after their intrinsic value.

{After all}, when everything has been considered; upon the

{After} (with the same noun preceding and following), as,
wave after wave, day after day, several or many (waves,
etc.) successively.

{One after another}, successively.

{To be after}, to be in pursuit of in order to reach or get;
as, he is after money.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

After \Aft"er\ ([.a]ft"t[~e]r), a. [AS. [ae]fter after, behind;
akin to Goth. aftaro, aftra, backwards, Icel. aptr, Sw. and
Dan. efter, OHG. aftar behind, Dutch and LG. achter, Gr.
'apwte`rw further off. The ending -ter is an old comparative
suffix, in E. generally -ther (as in other), and after is a
compar. of of, off. [root]194. See {Of}; cf. {Aft}.]
1. Next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after
period of life. --Marshall.

Note: In this sense the word is sometimes needlessly combined
with the following noun, by means of a hyphen, as,
after-ages, after-act, after-days, after-life. For the
most part the words are properly kept separate when
after has this meaning.

2. Hinder; nearer the rear. (Naut.) To ward the stern of the
ship; -- applied to any object in the rear part of a
vessel; as the after cabin, after hatchway.

Note: It is often combined with its noun; as, after-bowlines,
after-braces, after-sails, after-yards, those on the
mainmasts and mizzenmasts.

{After body} (Naut.), the part of a ship abaft the dead flat,
or middle part.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

After \Aft"er\, adv.
Subsequently in time or place; behind; afterward; as, he
follows after.

It was about the space of three hours after. --Acts. v.

Note: After is prefixed to many words, forming compounds, but
retaining its usual signification. The prefix may be
adverbial, prepositional, or adjectival; as in after-
described, after-dinner, after-part. The hyphen is
sometimes needlessly used to connect the adjective
after with its noun. See {Note} under {After}, a., 1.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fact \Fact\, n. [L. factum, fr. facere to make or do. Cf.
{Feat}, {Affair}, {Benefit}, {Defect}, {Fashion}, and {-fy}.]
1. A doing, making, or preparing. [Obs.]

A project for the fact and vending Of a new kind of
fucus, paint for ladies. --B. Jonson.

2. An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that
comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.

What might instigate him to this devilish fact, I am
not able to conjecture. --Evelyn.

He who most excels in fact of arms. --Milton.

3. Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact, excelled all
the rest; the fact is, he was beaten.

4. The assertion or statement of a thing done or existing;
sometimes, even when false, improperly put, by a transfer
of meaning, for the thing done, or supposed to be done; a
thing supposed or asserted to be done; as, history abounds
with false facts.

I do not grant the fact. --De Foe.

This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is not
true. --Roger Long.

Note: TheTerm fact has in jurisprudence peculiar uses in
contrast with low; as, attorney at low, and attorney in
fact; issue in low, and issue in fact. There is also a
grand distinction between low and fact with reference
to the province of the judge and that of the jury, the
latter generally determining the fact, the former the
low. --Burrill Bouvier.

{Accessary before}, or {after}, {the fact}. See under

{Matter of fact}, an actual occurrence; a verity; used
adjectively: of or pertaining to facts; prosaic;
unimaginative; as, a matter-of-fact narration.

Syn: Act; deed; performance; event; incident; occurrence;

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dangle \Dan"gle\ (d[a^][ng]"g'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dangled};
p. pr. & vb. n. {Dangling}.] [Akin to Dan. dangle, dial. Sw.
dangla, Dan. dingle, Sw. dingla, Icel. dingla; perh. from E.
To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion.

He'd rather on a gibbet dangle Than miss his dear
delight, to wrangle. --Hudibras.

From her lifted hand Dangled a length of ribbon.

{To dangle about} or {after}, to hang upon importunately; to
court the favor of; to beset.

The Presbyterians, and other fanatics that dangle
after them, are well inclined to pull down the
present establishment. --Swift.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : located farther aft [syn: {after(a)}]
adv 1: happening at a time subsequent to a reference time; "he
apologized subsequently"; "he's going to the store but
he'll be back here later"; "it didn't happen until
afterward"; "two hours after that" [syn: {subsequently},
{later}, {afterwards}, {afterward}, {later on}]
2: behind or in the rear; "and Jill came tumbling after"

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