ahead

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ahead having the leading position or higher score in a contest "he is ahead by a pawn","the leading team in the pennant race"
    • adv ahead at or in the front "I see the lights of a town ahead","the road ahead is foggy","staring straight ahead","we couldn't see over the heads of the people in front","with the cross of Jesus marching on before"
    • adv ahead ahead of time; in anticipation "when you pay ahead (or in advance) you receive a discount","We like to plan ahead","should have made reservations beforehand"
    • adv ahead in a forward direction "go ahead","the train moved ahead slowly","the boat lurched ahead","moved onward into the forest","they went slowly forward in the mud"
    • adv ahead leading or ahead in a competition "the horse was three lengths ahead going into the home stretch","ahead by two pawns","our candidate is in the lead in the polls","way out front in the race","the advertising campaign put them out front in sales"
    • adv ahead to a different or a more advanced time (meaning advanced either toward the present or toward the future) "moved the appointment ahead from Tuesday to Monday","pushed the deadline ahead from Tuesday to Wednesday"
    • adv ahead to a more advanced or advantageous position "a young man sure to get ahead","pushing talented students ahead"
    • adv ahead toward the future; forward in time "I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring","I look forward to seeing you"
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"SNYDER, WHITE AS A GHOST, RACED AHEAD OF THE FIRE." "SNYDER, WHITE AS A GHOST, RACED AHEAD OF THE FIRE."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pablo Picasso has sold more works of art individually costing over one million dollars than any other artist. His 211 is well ahead of the 168 for Pierre Auguste Renoir.
    • Ahead Headlong; without restraint.
    • Ahead In or to the front; in advance; onward. "The island bore but a little ahead of us."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ahead In or to the front; in advance; before: as, they walked ahead of us all the way: in nautical language, opposed to astern: as, to lie ahead.
    • ahead Forward; onward; with unrestrained motion or action: as, go ahead (= go on; proceed; push forward or onward; carry out your task or purpose: an idiomatic phrase said to have originated in the United States, and sometimes converted into an adjective: as, a go-ahead person); he pushed ahead with his plans.
    • ahead To move ahead, as in coming to anchor after the sails are furled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Ahead a-hed′ farther on: in advance: headlong, as in the phrase 'to go ahead.'
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Quotations

  • Sally Berger
    Sally Berger
    “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
  • Roland Barthes
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    “There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.”
  • Clint Eastwood
    Clint Eastwood
    “Go ahead, make my day.”
  • Edward Varese
    Edward Varese
    “Contrary to popular belief an artist is never ahead of his time, but most people are far behind theirs.”
  • James Thurber
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    “He was always leaning forward, pushing something invisible ahead of him.”
  • Robert W. Service
    Robert W. Service
    “It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe.”

Idioms

Ahead of the curve - Similar to ahead of the pack, ahead of the curve literally refers to your position on the statistical bell curve, where the top of the curve represents the median, average result. By being ahead of the curve you represent the top percentile of results that either has the advanced skills or understanding that sets you apart.
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Ahead of the pack - If you are ahead of the pack, you have made more progress than your rivals.
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Ahead of time - If something happens ahead of time, it happens early or before the set time.
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Full speed ahead - If people do something with all their enthusiasm and energy, they go full speed ahead.
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Streets ahead - If people are streets ahead of their rivals, they are a long way in front.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, + head,

Usage

In literature:

Go ahead and get the boats.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
During the day a large six-masted schooner, with a barge ahead of her, hove in sight and started down the line.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
The impetuous villager was greatly excited and he ran ahead and fired off his gun, two of the others following his example.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
Jason had a feeling of nakedness as they rolled under the harsh port lights towards the guarded gate ahead.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Ahead, a stone bridge arched over one of the many Venetian canals.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
As Sandy and Sam mounted, the latter leading the gray mare, Grit ran ahead of them and came back to make certain they were following.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Plympton was less than five miles ahead just as dusk began to fall.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
No land was in sight ahead.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
When Mackenzie was going north there was always some tribe or other to tell him where he was and what there was ahead.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
We thread our way in and out of narrow channels, still between rocks, and see ahead of us a desolate land with a queer flat-roofed town.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
The woman's face was strained and white, and she stared straight ahead with unseeing eyes.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Ahead, the leeward sides of the wickiups were rows of snowdrifts, all the same size.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
There were power-line towers with high-tension insulators, and, far ahead, the masses of huge elevators and big, square buildings.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Then he leaped sheer ahead, like a porpoise, only infinitely more active.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Ahead of them, staggering toward them, sobbing as she came, was Nada.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Fifty yards ahead of him was the building which Cardigan used for his fuel.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Three of the men were riding abreast and a little ahead.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Great guns, man, there's a case of Key Wests open up ahead; go fill your pockets and your grip.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Nor had the posse gained upon the two men ahead.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
But though the young man, moody and abstracted, still looked on ahead, some of his senses seemed yet on guard.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
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In poetry:

While he sped to battle,
Nearing from the dim
Distance, a dark forest
Rose ahead of him.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
You are just in prime, boys,
Life is on ahead,
Its responsibilities
Never learn to dread.
"A Chat With the Boys" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Stare still where looms ahead
Each signal-skeleton,
Whose jerking arms forbid
Or bid you on,
"The Railroad" by Elizabeth Daryush
Bidding you still go ahead!
By these led,
Go ahead,
Though your bed
Be the ground on which you tread!
"Go Ahead!" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
So, up the Bay we ran,
The Flag to port and ahead,
And a pitying rain began
To wash the lips of our dead.
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
Then sped that cow-boy band away,
Full of revengeful wrath,
And Kendall Evans rode ahead
Upon a hickory lath.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field

In news:

The Packers have informed some of their players that they have been released ahead of the 8 pm deadline tonight.
A step ahead 5 years ago.
Asia desperately needs political consensus and a framework on how to move forward with air traffic management (ATM) as the US and Europe forge ahead with their respective NextGen and Sesar programs.
Monday's Best Bet: Go ahead, take a bough at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
Call ahead to reserve one.
After falling behind Reebok in the race for the $4.5 billion American market for sports shoes, Nike Inc is once again pulling ahead.
A look ahead to our next rain maker, and perhaps even a little something about a "solar storm" out there.
You won't want to miss the fun of this exciting event, so plan ahead.
Brad Keselowski races ahead of Carl Edwards during Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Experts on public health, politics, demographics, land-use, and civil rights weigh in on some of the challenges ahead.
It's all the more remarkable considering that West — who's four points ahead of Rep Ron Klein in his Broward and Palm Beach district — is black.
See all of the winners of the Top HR and Training Products of 2011 in Ahead of the Pack.
Mayoral candidate Vincent C Gray charts the course ahead for DC the day after defeating incumbent Adrian Fenty in the democratic primary.
Ups and downs have marked the last several months for two area families united by childhood cancer, but while there are still challenges, there are also some exciting times ahead.
"We are way ahead of where we thought we'd be," NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said Wednesday.
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In science:

Readers who wish to proceed to the proof of the main theorem may skip ahead to Section 7.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
As van de Hulst said, he chose to ignore the nucleation problem and just go ahead (where no one had gone before) with the assumption that “something” would provide the seeds for the mantle to grow on.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The Move Ahead 1 chain Finally, we present a problem where an RR-based algorithm seems experimentally to run fast although we cannot give any theoretical bounds.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
The self-organization rule we have described is called the Move Ahead 1 (MA1) rule.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
For the Move Ahead 1 chain we do not know any theoretical bounds on the running time of our method.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Prediction error as a function of time steps ahead, for a quasiperiodic (lower) and chaotic (upper) series.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
The error increases linearly with the size of the interval, even predicting 10N steps ahead yields an error of about 10% of the total possible range.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
But the network can predict this sequence over many (of the order of N ) steps ahead.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
The author strongly feels that research on superluminal propagation should go ahead independently irrespective of what it might mean to potential violation of Einstein causality.
On Superluminal Propagation and Information Velocity
Thus, perturbations that cool isochorically and grow slowly (i.e., large-scale ones) cannot get “too far ahead” of the background gas before a minimum temperature is reached at which the gas either ceases to cool or exits the unstable range.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
Then all diagonal elements are zero except for the element in the next-to-last column which If we go ahead and consider B3 is −1, so that the trace is −1.
Polymatrix and generalized polynacci numbers
Jumping ahead, the usefulness of this proposition is that if we assign the value ¯Xk to each variable xk and take ψj = ¯Ψj for each constraint containing x1 , then we obtain that the corresponding ob jective value of the linear program (6) ”per variable” x1 almost achieves value λ(c), provided d is sufficiently large.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
This is also apparent in the ROSAT image as faint X-ray emission ahead of the main edge of the remnant. A portion of the shock making the transition from non-radiative to radiative appears in [O III] emission at the southeast corner of the Figure 1.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
Presumably this is due to the shock front associated with the faint Hα and X-ray emission ahead of the filament observed by FUSE.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
The model predictions have been added to an assumed background Cygnus Loop emission of 1500 counts estimated from the brightness ahead of the filament.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
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