Hypertext Webster Gateway: "following"

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

Follow \Fol"low\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Followed}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Following}.][OE. foluwen, folwen, folgen, AS. folgian,
fylgean, fylgan; akin to D. volgen, OHG. folg?n, G. folgen,
Icel. fylgja, Sw. f["o]lja, Dan. f["o]lge, and perh. to E.
1. To go or come after; to move behind in the same path or
direction; hence, to go with (a leader, guide, etc.); to
accompany; to attend.

It waves me forth again; I'll follow it. --Shak.

2. To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to
pursue; to prosecute.

I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they
shall follow them. --Ex. xiv. 17.

3. To accept as authority; to adopt the opinions of; to obey;
to yield to; to take as a rule of action; as, to follow
good advice.

Approve the best, and follow what I approve.

Follow peace with all men. --Heb. xii.

It is most agreeable to some men to follow their
reason; and to others to follow their appetites.
--J. Edwards.

4. To copy after; to take as an example.

We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we
like not, than in defects resemble them whom we
love. --Hooker.

5. To succeed in order of time, rank, or office.

6. To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference
from a premise.

7. To watch, as a receding object; to keep the eyes fixed
upon while in motion; to keep the mind upon while in
progress, as a speech, musical performance, etc.; also, to
keep up with; to understand the meaning, connection, or
force of, as of a course of thought or argument.

He followed with his eyes the flitting shade.

8. To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely,
as a profession or calling.

O, had I but followed the arts! --Shak.

O Antony! I have followed thee to this. --Shak.

{Follow board} (Founding), a board on which the pattern and
the flask lie while the sand is rammed into the flask.

{To follow the hounds}, to hunt with dogs.

{To follow suit} (Card Playing), to play a card of the same
suit as the leading card; hence, colloquially, to follow
an example set.

{To follow up}, to pursue indefatigably.

Syn: Syn.- To pursue; chase; go after; attend; accompany;
succeed; imitate; copy; embrace; maintain.

Usage: - To {Follow}, {Pursue}. To follow (v.t.) denotes
simply to go after; to pursue denotes to follow with
earnestness, and with a view to attain some definite
object; as, a hound pursues the deer. So a person
follows a companion whom he wishes to overtake on a
journey; the officers of justice pursue a felon who
has escaped from prison.

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

Following \Fol"low*ing\, n.
1. One's followers, adherents, or dependents, collectively.

2. Vocation; business; profession.

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

Following \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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: about to be mentioned or specified; "the following items
[syn: {following(a)}, {undermentioned}]
2: immediately following in time or order; "the following day";
"next in line"; "the next president"; "the next item on
the list" [syn: {next}]
3: 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" [ant: {leading}]
4: in the desired direction; "a following wind" [syn: {following(a)}]
n 1: a group of followers or enthusiasts [syn: {followers}]
2: the act of pursuing [syn: {pursuit}, {chase}]

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