following

Definitions

  • the Adult King Advancing, Followed by his Double
    the Adult King Advancing, Followed by his Double
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj following about to be mentioned or specified "the following items"
    • adj following immediately following in time or order "the following day","next in line","the next president","the next item on the list"
    • adj following 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"
    • adj following in the desired direction "a following wind"
    • n following the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture "the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"
    • n following a group of followers or enthusiasts
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE WOLF FOLLOWS LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD THE WOLF FOLLOWS LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Ameer Ali follows the maiden's instructions to win more jewels Ameer Ali follows the maiden's instructions to win more jewels
They All Follow They All Follow
dogs following man on horseback dogs following man on horseback
four riders following running man four riders following running man
Hanina and his wife followed the giant frog Hanina and his wife followed the giant frog
OUR CAPTAIN IS ONE OF THE BEST, AND WE'RE READY TO FOLLOW HIM TO H--L.' I SUPPOSE HE MEANS THE HINDENBURG LINE OUR CAPTAIN IS ONE OF THE BEST, AND WE'RE READY TO FOLLOW HIM TO H--L.' I SUPPOSE HE MEANS THE HINDENBURG LINE
The Murder of La Salle by his Followers The Murder of La Salle by his Followers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The following is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language: "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick".
    • Following (Astron) 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.
    • Following Next after; succeeding; ensuing; as, the assembly was held on the following day.
    • Following One's followers, adherents, or dependents, collectively.
    • Following Vocation; business; profession.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The modern Olympic Games were held in the first time in 1896 at Athens and were then followed by the 1900 Paris games. The winter games were added in 1924.
    • n following A body of followers, retainers, attendants, or supporters; the adherents, disciples, or imitators of a particular leader or system, considered collectively; the persons composing a sect or party that follows the lead of a chief, or is devoted to the same cause, body of principles, or system of teaching or action.
    • n following What one follows as an occupation or trade; vocation; calling; occupation.
    • following Immediately succeeding; coming next in order; ensuing: as, during the following week.
    • following That is now to follow; now to be related, set forth, described, or explained: as, the following story I can vouch for; in the following order.
    • following In naval architecture, said of the edge or end of a surface or blade, as a propeller blade, which is in the rear when moving through water: opposed to leading.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tokyo is the largest city by population (35million), followed by New York (21 million), then by Seoul (21 million), then Mexico City (20 million).
    • Following the whole body of supporters
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Quotations

  • Al Bernstein
    Al Bernstein
    “Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”
  • Cato The Elder
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    “Grasp the subject, the words will follow.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The State must follow, and not lead, the character and progress of the citizen.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
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    “Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Make service your first priority, not success and success will follow.”
  • Thomas Kempis
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    “Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it. and never destroy it.”

Idioms

Follow your nose - When giving directions, telling someone to follow their nose means that they should go straight ahead.
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Hard act to follow - If something or something is exceptionally good, it is difficult to replace them or take their place.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. folgian, fylgian, app. a compound, but obscure; Ger. folgen.

Usage

In literature:

Here follows the program and you can judge for yourself.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
That which follows; the condition or malady which follows a disease.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
I want to follow the Master's plan, and ask you to take a good look at His "Follow Me" road.
"Quiet Talks on Following the Christ" by S. D. Gordon
Forest bordered the villa; into the forest he dashed, his followers following in tumultuous haste.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
When I found myself obliged to follow my heart in so many matters, why not follow it in all?
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
When the sun rose the following morning the whole country, as far as the eye could reach, lay before us calm and peaceful.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
At the proper moment we left our sledge, and the big Christian took his reins in hand to follow us.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
He had a large number of pupils and followers, but most of them deserted him later on to follow Michael Angelo.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
Suddenly something passed through the air like a stream of fire, followed by a loud but distant rumbling noise.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Without answering, Andrew started toward the knot of people near the Prophet, and John followed.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
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In poetry:

If to the main-mast head I go,
The wicked one is there,
From place to place, from rope to rope,
He follows every where.
"The Sailor, Who Had Served In The Slave Trade." by Robert Southey
And still sadly onward I followed
That Highway the Icen,
Which trails its pale ribbon down Wessex
O'er lynchet and lea.
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
They follow'd from the snowy bank
The footmarks, one by one,
Into the middle of the plank,
And further there were none.
"Lucy Gray [or Solitude]" by William Wordsworth
Some troopers followed in his track--
For them he tarried not,
He neither halted nor looked back
Until he found the spot.
"The Feud: A Border Ballad" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
"And I pray thee let me follow thee
Any where under the sky,
For thou wilt never stay here with me,
Nor without thee can I."
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
If you follow Reason's sway,
You'll be happy while you may;
But you will, if her you spurn,
Want her when she'll not return.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton

In news:

Join Cult Following at the Jones Theatre tonight.
Shaken by aftershock following powerful earthquake.
Another good-sized aftershock was felt on the East Coast on Thursday following Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.
The magnitude 6.7 quake is the 75th aftershock of at least magnitude 6.0 following the devastating March earthquake in Japan.
Accuweather forecaster claims NOAA "following" his ideas.
The quake is the latest in a series of aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 3.0 to 4.7 that followed Saturday's earthquake that damaged an estimated 40 homes and a college administration building in Shawnee.
A mess, has been followed by more than 20 aftershocks .
This is the latest of more than 20 aftershocks following last week's quake.
Who can forget, in the weeks following 9/11, how sports became our great escape.
Over 10,000 soldiers have been dispatched throughout Chile in an effort to prevent looting and to search for survivors following the massive earthquake.
Boatmen navigate Wu Gorge, whose waters will rise some 300 feet following construction of the Three Gorges Dam.
Akihiro Yamaguchi Nudges US Open Record, Follows With Sub-1:00 Breast Split.
As with any tragedy, in the years following the wake of September 11th a spate of books came out discussing, dissecting, and generally trying to make sense of what occurred.
Suspect Turns Himself In Following Cortland Robbery.
Following the first meeting of the year for the American Heart Association, the results of a new study was released, setting the stage for a push for dispatchers helping in medical calls.
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In science:

U is increasing, the second one follows from Fatou’s lemma and the third one follows from the facts that E is convex and contains 1.
Optimal investment with random endowments in incomplete markets
This follows from the following simple observation.
Mirror Symmetry and Generalized Complex Manifolds
Since S is an antihomomorphism (this condition follows from (3.34) for any bialgebra) and L generates A/hA as an algebra, the result follows.
A Hopf algebra quantizing a necklace Lie algebra canonically associated to a quiver
Theorem 1 will follow from the following two lemmata.
The Chromatic Number of Random Regular Graphs
H , FH ), a fact which will follow readily from the following lemma.
Asymptotic Behavior of Random Heaps
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