Usage examples for precursor

  1. A headache is the common precursor to many maladies. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  2. The Reverend Mr. Wynn had been expatiating upon the unremitting heat of a possible precursor of forest fires, and exhibiting some catholic knowledge of the designs of a Deity in that regard, and what should be the policy of the Legislature, when Mr. Brace concluded to enter. – In the Carquinez Woods by Bret Harte
  3. But I always regretted that Newman's discovery seemed the precursor of his magnanimous resolution not to avenge himself; it weakened the effect of this, with which it had really nothing to do. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  4. This back current was the precursor of a tremendous billow, which came towering on like a black moving wall. – The Lighthouse by Robert Ballantyne
  5. Slight variations in one and the same direction form a definite whole; and at long last the ancient precursor has become the Scolia of our own times. – More Hunting Wasps by J. Henri Fabre
  6. But suffering should be the precursor of that marvellous advent. – An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
  7. And not only is each blossom formed of the most beautiful white petals, shaded with pink; not only does each one of them possess a most pleasant and delicate perfume, but every one of these little flowers- every one which comes to perfection, I mean- is but the precursor of an apple. – Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy by Frank Richard Stockton
  8. Already there was in her horizon the cloud " as big as a man's hand"- the precursor of future darkness and tempest; but, too confident and buoyant, she saw it not. – The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  9. The " Anthology" was the literary precursor of the " North American Review," and the theological herald of the " Christian Examiner." – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  10. The sky had become covered over with one black mass of clouds, which hung down so low that they appeared almost to rest on the water; and there was that peculiar fitful moaning which is ever the precursor of a violent gale of wind. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  11. But when he bent above the lawyer with the question forced from him by Miss Dare's words, he found him already lapsed into that strange insensibility which was every moment showing itself more and more to be the precursor of death. – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  12. So St. John the Baptist, marking the transition from the old covenant to the new, the precursor of our Lord, with the triple aureole of virginity, doctorship, and martyrdom, gives up his life to maintain the sanctity of marriage. – Church and State as Seen in the Formation of Christendom by T. W. Allies
  13. I saw what others saw, replied the priest; and certainly, as far as my senses would enable me to judge, the appearance was most unusual- I may say supernatural; but I had heard of this Phantom Ship before, and moreover that its appearance was the precursor of disaster. – The Phantom Ship by Captain Frederick Marryat
  14. The first night on Crimean soil was no bad precursor of the dreadful winter still to come. – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths