|n.||1.||One who forms; a maker; a creator.|
|2.||(Mech.) A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed.|
|a.||1.||Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.|
|3.||Near the beginning; preceeding; |
|3.||Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.|
|Noun||1.||former - the first of two or the first mentioned of two; "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"|
latter - the second of two or the second mentioned of two; "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the latter is remembered today"
|Adj.||1.||former - referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several); "the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one"|
latter - referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several); "in the latter case"
|2.||former - belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"|
|3.||former - (used especially of persons) of the immediate past; "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"|
|4.||former - of the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"|