Definition of Following

1. Noun. A group of followers or enthusiasts.

Exact synonyms: Followers
Generic synonyms: Hoi Polloi, Mass, Masses, Multitude, People, The Great Unwashed
Specialized synonyms: Claque, Faithful, Fandom
Member holonyms: Buff, Devotee, Fan, Lover
Derivative terms: Follow, Follow

2. Adjective. About to be mentioned or specified. "The following items"
Exact synonyms: Undermentioned
Similar to: Succeeding

3. Noun. The act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture. "The culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"
Exact synonyms: Chase, Pursual, Pursuit
Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Tracking, Trailing, Shadowing, Tailing, Stalk, Stalking
Derivative terms: Chase, Chase, Follow, Follow, Pursue

4. Adjective. Immediately following in time or order. "The next item on the list"
Exact synonyms: Next
Similar to: Succeeding

5. Adjective. Going or proceeding or coming after in the same direction. "Tried to outrun the following footsteps"
Similar to: Pursuing
Antonyms: Leading

6. Adjective. In the desired direction. "A following wind"
Similar to: Favorable, Favourable

Definition of Following

1. n. One's followers, adherents, or dependents, collectively.

2. a. Next after; succeeding; ensuing; as, the assembly was held on the following day.

Definition of Following

1. Adjective. Coming next, either in sequence or in time ¹

2. Adjective. About to be specified ¹

3. Adjective. (context: of a wind) Blowing in the direction of travel ¹

4. Preposition. After, subsequent to. ¹

5. Noun. A group of followers, attendants or admirers; an entourage. ¹

6. Noun. Something to be mentioned immediately later. Used with the definite article ''the''. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Following

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Following

1. 1. Next after; succeeding; ensuing; as, the assembly was held on the following day. 2. (In the field of a telescope) In the direction from which stars are apparently moving (in consequence of the erth's rotation); as, a small star, north following or south following. In the direction toward which stars appear to move is called preceding. The four principal directions in the field of a telescope are north, south, following, preceding. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Following

follow through
follow up
follow up on
followed by
followed on
followed up
following (current term)
following bougie
following on
following up
follows on
follows up

Literary usage of Following

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1907)
"CALCIFICATION OF THE BREAST following A TYPHOID ABSCESS. BY WS THAYER, MD, Professor of Clinical ... On the following day the Widal reaction was positive. ..."

2. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"... having boon left to themselves, as they «till thought pretty nearly tlio samo as they had maintained in tho discussion, gavo tho following ..."

3. A Tale of a Tub: Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind. To which by Jonathan Swift, William Wotton (1812)
"51, first edition, we have the following passage :—" Fourscore and eleven pamphlets have I writ under three reigns, ..."

Other Resources:

Search for Following on!Search for Following on!Search for Following on Google!Search for Following on Wikipedia!