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Definitions of following

  1. the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture; " the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"
  2. a group of followers or enthusiasts
  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"
  4. immediately following in time or order; " the following day"; " next in line"; " the next president"; " the next item on the list"
  5. in the desired direction; " a following wind"
  6. about to be mentioned or specified; " the following items"
  7. of Follow
  8. One's followers, adherents, or dependents, collectively.
  9. Vocation; business; profession.
  10. Next after; succeeding; ensuing; as, the assembly was held on the following day.
  11. ( 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.
  12. Succeeding.
  13. Vocation or calling; disciples or adherents collectively.
  14. Body of followers or retainer; a sect or party following the lead of their chief; body of adherents or disciples; body of attendants; vocation; calling; occupation; " In every age men in general attend more to their own immediate pursuits and followings than to the claims of discontented factions."- Sharon Turner.
  15. Coming next after.
  16. Next in order; succeeding.
  17. A body of adherents or attendants.
  18. Being next after; succeeding.
  19. Body of followers.
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Usage examples for following

  1. The last method is best for the following reasons. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. But the fear of the thing made me so nervous that I did not sleep all of the following night. – City of Endless Night by Milo Hastings
  3. I am following thee about so that I may see thee. – The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians by E. A. Wallis Budge
  4. But, you see, we're only following." – The Young Alaskans on the Missouri by Emerson Hough
  5. It is a mistake to be following up the man. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  6. But," following the glance of the other at his luggage, " this is a very dead time of the night with us, sir. – Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens
  7. But it was not until a late hour of the following morning that even the lawyer heard what had happened at Chippenham. – The Castle Inn by Stanley John Weyman
  8. She, too, was following him a little way into the future. – A People's Man by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. I then asked, and received the following answer: I have to work at my business all day long, and often far into the night. – The Intellectual Life by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  10. Are they following us? – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  11. A ship was following them. – World Beyond Pluto by C. H. Thames
  12. Besides these are the following, viz. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  13. He had a dull feeling that he must have slept through the whole night and even the following day. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  14. We were early at the professor's the following morning, and found him waiting and almost as anxious as we were. – Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking
  15. He was following at a safe distance. – The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
  16. On the following day Bellairs went very early to the dahabeeyah and asked for her. – Bye-Ways by Robert Smythe Hichens
  17. Here I am, my dear Longcluse, said Richard Arden, rising and following him to the window, ready to hear you. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  18. Hand in hand they set off, with Splash following after them. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus by Laura Lee Hope
  19. Did you blame the boy for following? – Little Rivers A Book Of Essays In Profitable Idleness by Henry van Dyke
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