• WordNet 3.6
    • v preform form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand
    • v preform form into a shape resembling the final, desired one
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Preform To form beforehand, or for special ends. "Their natures and preformed faculties."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preform To form beforehand; execute or create previously.
    • preform In biology, to determine beforehand the shape or form of; furnish the mold or model of (something afterward to take shape): as, bone preformed in cartilage; the fetal skeleton preforms that of the adult.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Preform prē-form′ (Shak.) to form beforehand: to determine the shape of beforehand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praeformare,. See Pre-, and Form


In literature:

In her lay a Godframed Godgiven preformed possibility which thou hast fructified with thy modicum of man's work.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
And shall the ceremony be preformed here at the castle or at the church at Lone?
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
What shall we say of the despotism of preformed beliefs?
"A Candid Examination of Theism" by George John Romanes
The first Scholion is directed against the theory of preformation, and succeeds in refuting it on the ground of simple observation.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
THE BIOLOGICAL PROBLEM OF TO-DAY: Preformation or Epigenesis?
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
She has tested the wanderer, Alcinous can now preform the ceremonies.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
When I seen that such a big bunch was a-goin' to preform, I walked over and peeked into that schooner.
"Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher" by Eleanor Gates
He had dropped his preformed ideas of them.
"Abington Abbey" by Archibald Marshall
Does it imply preformation or epigenesis?
"The Biological Problem of To-day" by Oscar Hertwig
There is sound basis for believing that the hypothetical poison is not introduced preformed in the food.
"Scurvy Past and Present" by Alfred Fabian Hess

In news:

Big Bend Bandits will preform their Wild West Show at the Canyon, 515 N Fourth St, for the first time this year.
I was really excited to see all the bands preform.
Clutch returned to Michigan preforming two shows in Flint and two at Saint Andrews Hall.
Kate Monster explains how monsters are not so bad during a monologue portion of Avenue Q The new musical comedy is being preformed by the Capital City Players.
Here's An Inside Look At Alex Boyd Who Preformed At The 18th Essence Music Festival.
Anyways, today we didn't have any preformance, it was just a fun day.
After their gold medal-filled summer in London, the male and female US gymnastics teams set out to preform all over the country with the The Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastic Champions.
Consumer Reports preformed taste tests on 10-cocoas, including well-known ones like Hershey's Nestle, and Swiss Miss.
Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney preformed her famous vault at the 2012 Visa Championships in June.
4 Preformed by Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Sonograms were preformed Thursday on the zoo's two orangutans , Lena and Rudy.
A Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader preforms during the Eagles and New York Giants game at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
There is a new movie coming out called "Hesher" featuring great preformers such as Natilie Portman , Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson.
When preforming a push press , leg drive is used to get the bar moving, therefore allowing you to use more weight for the press .
Everybody else on American Idol can pretty much go home after this preformance from James Durbin.

In science:

Such preformed fermion pairs could be observed experimentally by e.g. probing the single particle spectrum (using the STM or ARPES spectroscopies) or in measurements of the correlations between pairs (via any experimental technique sensitive to the pair susceptibility).
The flow equation approach to the pairing instability problem
In the language of high-Tc superconductivity [99, 81], “preformed pairs” are present in the “pseudo-gap regime”.
Ultracold Fermi gases in the BEC-BCS crossover: a review from the Innsbruck perspective
This opens for a definition of three-body spectroscopic factors which can be computed in the SM framework in an analogous way as the preformation factors used to describe the α-particle decay.
Two-proton radioactivity
This final state interaction is crucial for a quantitative description of experimental data, changing the diproton lifetimes by several order of magnitudes. 2He preformation factor is taken into account by 2He spectroscopic factors S[2p] .
Two-proton radioactivity
The latter process changes the 2He emission probability by modifying the wave function of a decaying state and changing the 2He preformation factor .
Two-proton radioactivity
This test has to be preformed only for the first job of each task which has a deadline equal to the deadline of the task.
Efficient Feasibility Analysis for Real-Time Systems with EDF Scheduling
If the test is preformed on the original data it will be referred to as an explicit test.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
Note that it may be necessary to add carets to the tree pair diagrams, creating unreduced representatives of these elements, in order to preform this multiplication.
Convexity properties of Thompson's group F
Several tests are preformed within data produced by fast generators, as well as by the UrQMD model.
Testing new strongly intensive measures of transverse momentum fluctuations
We can thus summarize the preformed G–matrix calculations as follows.
Strangeness nuclear physics: a critical review on selected topics
We choose the f (R) model proposed by Hu and Sawicki (2007), and for the analysis we shall use the high-resolution N -body simulations preformed by Zhao et al (2011a) based on the Hu-Sawicki model.
Astrophysical Tests of Modified Gravity: A Screening Map of the Nearby Universe
We used 2563 particles in a box of 64 Mpc/h a side, and preformed 10 realizations for each model to reduce the sample variance.
Astrophysical Tests of Modified Gravity: A Screening Map of the Nearby Universe
We note, however, that no preformed gap has been observed in overdoped cuprates.
Temperature crossovers in cuprates
The fact that the p + A data and S + U data lie on the same curve suggests the common preformation physics interpretation discussed before.
Signatures of Quark-Gluon-Plasma formation in high energy heavy-ion collisions: A critical review
Several of the models described below involve preformed pairs.
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey