• WordNet 3.6
    • adj after located farther aft
    • adv after happening at a time subsequent to a reference time "he apologized subsequently","he's going to the store but he'll be back here later","it didn't happen until afterward","two hours after that"
    • adv after behind or in the rear "and Jill came tumbling after"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bending Boards into Shape after Boiling Them Bending Boards into Shape after Boiling Them
The lynx, bear and eagle go after the hunters' buffalo carcass The lynx, bear and eagle go after the hunters' buffalo carcass
After the German Retreat After the German Retreat
Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.” Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1888, Hollywood was founded by Harvey and Daeida Wilcox, who named the city after their summer home in Chicago
    • After According to the direction and influence of; in proportion to; befitting. "He takes greatness of kingdoms according to bulk and currency, and not after their intrinsic value."
    • After According to; in accordance with; in conformity with the nature of; as, he acted after his kind. "He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes.""They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh."
    • After Behind in place; as, men in line one after another. "Shut doors after you."
    • After Below in rank; next to in order. "Codrus after Phoebus sings the best."
    • After Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to; as, to look after workmen; to inquire after a friend; to thirst after righteousness.
    • After (Naut) Hinder; nearer the rear.
    • After In imitation of; in conformity with; after the manner of; as, to make a thing after a model; a picture after Rubens; the boy takes after his father. "Our eldest son was named George after his uncle."
    • After Later in time; subsequent; as, after supper, after three days. It often precedes a clause. Formerly that was interposed between it and the clause. "After I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee."
    • After Moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in pursuit of. "Ye shall not go after other gods.""After whom is the king of Israel come out?"
    • After Next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after period of life.
    • After Subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you have said, I shall be careful.
    • After Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our advice, you took that course.
    • adv After Subsequently in time or place; behind; afterward; as, he follows after .After is prefixed to many words, forming compounds, but retaining its usual signification. The prefix may be adverbial, prepositional, or adjectival; as in after- described, after-dinner, after-part. The hyphen is sometimes needlessly used to connect the adjective after with its noun. See Note under After a., 1. "It was about the space of three hours after ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Montreal is the second largest French speaking city after Paris
    • after Behind; in the rear: as, to follow after.
    • after Later in time; afterward: as, it was about the space of three hours after.
    • after Behind in place: as, men placed in a line one after another.
    • after Later in time than; in succession to; at the close of: as, after supper.
    • after In pursuit of; in search of; with or in desire for.
    • after In imitation of, or in imitation of the style of: as, to make a thing after a model; after the French; after the antique; after Raphael.
    • after According to; in proportion to; in accordance with: as, “after their intrinsic value,” Bacon, War with Spain.
    • after According to the nature of; in agreement or unison with; in conformity to.
    • after Below in rank or excellence; next to: as, Milton is usually placed after Shakspere among English poets.
    • after Concerning: as, to inquire after a person.
    • after Subsequent to and in consequence of: as, after what has happened I can never return.
    • after Subsequent to the time that.
    • after Synonyms Behind, After. See behind.
    • after Later in time; subsequent; succeeding: as, an after period of life.
    • after Naut,: Further aft, or toward the stern of the ship: as, the after-sails; the after-hatch-way.
    • after Pertaining to the after-body of a ship: as, after-timbers.
    • after In mineralogy, derived from; having the form of: said of pseudomorphs, which retain only the form of the original mineral: as, malachite pseudomorph after cuprite; cassiterite pseudomorph after feldspar. See pseudomorph.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kermit the Frog was named after Kermit Scott, a childhood friend of creator Jim Henson, who became a professor of philosophy at Purdue University
    • prep., adv After aft′ėr behind in place: later in time: following in search of: in imitation of: in proportion to, or in agreement with: concerning: subsequent to, or subsequently: afterward: after the manner of, or in imitation of
    • adj After behind in place: later in time: more toward the stern of a vessel
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  • Mira Sorvino
    Mira Sorvino
    “You know how in high school you do these plays and people come up after the show and they're really excited for you? Well, that's what's happening to me right now.”
  • Heinrich Heine
    “Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “After all is said and done, more is said than done.”
  • Rose F. Kennedy
    Rose F. Kennedy
    “Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.”
  • Arnold Palmer
    Arnold Palmer
    “You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.”


After the watershed - The watershed is the time limit after which more controversial subjects, bad language, etc, can be shown on TV in some countries, so if it's after the watershed, then discussions can be freer, franker and more controversial.
After your own heart - A person after your own heart thinks the same way as you.
Close the stable door after the horse has bolted - If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. 'Close the barn door after the horse has bolted' is alternative, often used in American English.
Lock the stable door after the horse has bolted - If someone takes action too late, they do this; there is no reason to lock an empty stable.
Look after number 1 - You are number one, so this idiom means that you should think about yourself first, rather than worrying about other people.
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves - (UK) If you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves, meaning that if someone takes care not to waste small amounts of money, they will accumulate capital. ('Look after the pence and the pounds will look after themselves' is an alternative form of this idiom.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. æfter, after, behind; akin to Goth. aftaro, aftra, backwards, Icel. aptr, Sw. and Dan. efter, OHG. aftar, behind, Dutch and LG. achter, Gr. 'apwte`rw further off. The ending -ter, is an old comparative suffix, in E. generally -ther,as in other,), and after, is a compar. of of, off,. √194. See Of; cf. Aft


In literature:

After what's happened, they're sure to come after us.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Daniel observed carefully his uncle's lips, and whistled the tune after him.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I've been thinking it over week after week and month after month.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Sir Roland stood looking after them long after they had gone, thinking how happy he would be if he were on the way to battle like them.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
But little more than a year after their return from their grand expedition to the Texan prairies, the "old Colonel" had died.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
To their left the further moors streamed to the horizon, line after line, curve after curve, fluent in the watery air.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
But suppose she looks after them all the day, she can't be looking after them all the night too.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It was an August evening after dinner, and the Vicar was out about his parish.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Bolivar caused Piar to be seized, and after a drum-head trial had him shot.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
After a moment or two, Ellen stole out after him.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens

In poetry:

A bell rings.
And after dinner there are lessons.
"A Roxbury Garden" by Amy Lowell
Or the sweet murder
After long guard
Unto the martyr
Smiling at God;
"Has Your Soul Sipped?" by Wilfred Owen
And when April after
Showered the ground,
Daffodils in laughter
Danced around.
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
I wait for his face -
As after rain
Earth trembles waiting
For the sun again...
"Earth Trembles Waiting" by Blanche Shoemaker Wagstaff
And after that time
In market or fair
I'd look at the asses
That might be there.
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
Brief! but along
All the after-years
To-day will be a song
Of smiles or of tears.
""To-Days"" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Lauren Ramsdell upgraded from her childhood room after moving in with her parents in Raleigh, North Carolina, after graduation.
One driver is dead and the other injured after a collision just after midnight on Thanksgiving Day.
"David after dentist" has found its match in "Chaddy after wisdom teeth surgery.
Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie has undergone medical tests after complaining of significant fatigue last week when the team was in Port St Lucie, manager Terry Francona told reporters after Sunday's game with the Twins.
A New Orleans jury found a 32-year-old man guilty of attempted murder Thursday evening after a woman left paralyzed after being shot seven times gave a powerful testimony against him.
The streets of the capital were quiet this morning after the lifting of martial law , more than seven months after it had been imposed to crush the pro-democracy movement.
This all-female adaptation of Hamlet, coming after a season of Hamlet s, is like a big, overcooked omelet arriving at your table after a whole morning of not-quite-satisfying omelets.
The victim told cops that he fell asleep on the couch after bringing two women back to his place near Poplar Street at 4 am after a long night of drinking.
Ten years after Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the bathtub at her home in Houston, her lawyer says he's "optimistic" she'll be released from a state mental hospital after a recommitment hearing in November.
Be sure to tune in after the show for, "The concert after the concert".
Carly Pope In Hospital After Car Hijacking Canadian actress Carly Pope was admitted to a Vancouver hospital after a thief hijacked.
A new study shows many older patients receive opioid painkillers after… (Lawrence K. Opioid medications such as codeine and oxycodone often are prescribed after surgery to relieve post-operative pain.
'A' after all: Collier School District grade goes up after miscalculation .
That is what one South Florida woman says, she is going through after discovering her mattresses had mold in them, but she did not spot the mold until a month after she bought them.
Now, some judges might have found tasting pie after pie after pie.

In science:

Each female becomes reproductive after having reached a minimum age, after which it generates a fixed number of offspring at the completion of each period of life.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
Since we proceed in a sequential manner, at each time step the population oscillates between a minimum value, which is its value after all deaths for that particular time step have been considered, and a maximum one at the end of the time step, after all births.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
QSOs; in this scenario, the optical QSO is revealed after most of the molecular gas is consumed by star formation and AGN activity, and after most of the dust is destroyed/blown out by winds associated with supernovae and AGN.
Molecular Gas in Infrared-Excess, Optically-Selected QSOs and the Connection with Infrared Luminous Galaxies
This means that if first symbol (S1) arrives at the receiver input after transmission in a vaccum medium, ninth symbol (S9) would appear at the receiver input after transmission in an inverted medium at the same instant.
On Superluminal Propagation and Information Velocity
Fig. 2(a-e) presents the solution. Only the ends of biggest faces of A and B come in contact at the beginning. After that A slides along B keeping in good thermal contact with B over all common area. After ending the contact (Fig. 2(e)) the exchange of energy, entropy, and information is completed.
Classical teleportation