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Former (n.) One who forms; a maker; a creator.
Former (n.) A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed.
Former (n.) A templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is shaped.
Former (n.) A cutting die.
Former (a.) Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
Former (a.) Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a discourse or argument.
Former (a.) Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.