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Definitions

  • the Adult King Advancing, Followed by his Double
    the Adult King Advancing, Followed by his Double
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v follow keep informed "He kept up on his country's foreign policies"
    • v follow behave in accordance or in agreement with "Follow a pattern","Follow my example"
    • v follow keep to "Stick to your principles","stick to the diet"
    • v follow grasp the meaning "Can you follow her argument?","When he lectures, I cannot follow"
    • v follow follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba","trace the student's progress"
    • v follow perform an accompaniment to "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano"
    • v follow imitate in behavior; take as a model "Teenagers follow their friends in everything"
    • v follow travel along a certain course "follow the road","follow the trail"
    • v follow to travel behind, go after, come after "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond","Please follow the guide through the museum"
    • v follow follow in or as if in pursuit "The police car pursued the suspected attacker","Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
    • v follow keep under surveillance "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
    • v follow choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans "She followed the feminist movement","The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
    • v follow be the successor (of) "Carter followed Ford","Will Charles succeed to the throne?"
    • v follow work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function "He is a herpetologist","She is our resident philosopher"
    • v follow follow with the eyes or the mind "Keep an eye on the baby, please!","The world is watching Sarajevo","She followed the men with the binoculars"
    • v follow act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes "He complied with my instructions","You must comply or else!","Follow these simple rules","abide by the rules"
    • v follow adhere to or practice "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
    • v follow accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of "Let's follow our great helmsman!","She followed a guru for years"
    • v follow to be the product or result "Melons come from a vine","Understanding comes from experience"
    • v follow be later in time "Tuesday always follows Monday"
    • v follow come as a logical consequence; follow logically "It follows that your assertion is false","the theorem falls out nicely"
    • v follow come after in time, as a result "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"
    • v follow be next "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"
    • v follow to bring something about at a later time than "She followed dinner with a brandy","He followed his lecture with a question and answer period"
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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 words moron, imbecile, and idiot are not interchangable. The one with the highest level of intelligence is a moron, followed, by an imbecile, and then idiot
    • n Follow The art or process of following; specif., in some games, as billiards, a stroke causing a ball to follow another ball after hitting it. Also used adjectively; as, follow shot.
    • Follow To accept as authority; to adopt the opinions of; to obey; to yield to; to take as a rule of action; as, to follow good advice. "Approve the best, and follow what I approve""Follow peace with all men.""It is most agreeable to some men to follow their reason; and to others to follow their appetites."
    • Follow To copy after; to take as an example. "We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we like not, than in defects resemble them whom we love."
    • Follow To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to pursue; to prosecute. "I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them."
    • Follow To go or come after; to move behind in the same path or direction; hence, to go with (a leader, guide, etc.); to accompany; to attend. "It waves me forth again; I'll follow it."
    • Follow To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference from a premise.
    • Follow To succeed in order of time, rank, or office.
    • Follow To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling. "O, had I but followed the arts!""O Antony! I have followed thee to this."
    • Follow To watch, as a receding object; to keep the eyes fixed upon while in motion; to keep the mind upon while in progress, as a speech, musical performance, etc.; also, to keep up with; to understand the meaning, connection, or force of, as of a course of thought or argument. "He followed with his eyes the flitting shade."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Jim Delligatti, a McDonald's franchise owner in Uniontown, PA, invented the Big Mac in 1968. He originally named it the Big Mac Super Sandwich. The following year McDonald's sold it nationwide.
    • follow To go or come after; move behind in the same direction: as, the dog followed his master home; follow me.
    • follow To come after in natural sequence, or in order of time; succeed.
    • follow To engage in the pursuit of; seek to overtake or come up with; pursue; chase: as, to follow game or an enemy.
    • follow To pursue as an object or purpose; strive after; endeavor to obtain or attain to.
    • follow To keep up with, or with the course or progress of; observe or comprehend the sequence or connecting links of: as, to follow an argument, or the plot of a play.
    • follow To watch or regard the movements, progress, or course of: as, to follow a person with the eye.
    • follow To accept as a leader or guide; be led or guided by; accompany; hence, to adhere to, as disciples to a master or his teachings; accept as authority; adopt the opinions, cause, or side of.
    • follow To conform to; comply with; take as a guide, example, or model: as, to follow the fashion; to follow advice or admonition.
    • follow To engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit; pursue the duties or requirements of; carry on the business of; prosecute: as, to follow trade, a calling, or a profession; to follow the stage.
    • follow To result from, as an effect from a cause or an inference from premises; come after as a result or consequence: as, poverty often follows extravagance or idleness; intemperance is often followed by disease.
    • follow Hence— To follow the line of speech, argument, or conduct adopted by a predecessor.
    • follow To come or go behind; come in the wake or rear; come next, or in natural sequence or order.
    • follow To result as an effect from a cause or an inference from premises; be a consequent: as, from such conduct great scandal is sure to follow; the facts may be admitted, but the inference drawn from them does not follow.
    • follow Synonyms Follow; Succeed, Ensue. Follow and succeed, or succeed to, are applied to persons or things; ensue, in modern literature, to things only. Follow may denote the mere going in order in a track or line, and it commonly suggests that the things mentioned are near together. Succeed (transitive or intransitive), implying a regular series, denotes the being in the same place which another has held immediately before; a crowd may follow a man, but only one person or event can succeed to another; upon the death of a sovereign his oldest son succeeds him and succeeds to the throne; day follows night. To ensue is to follow close upon, to follow as the effect of some settled principle of order, to follow by a necessary connection: as, nothing but suffering can ensue from such a course.
    • n follow In billiards, a stroke which causes the cue-ball to follow the object-ball after impact.
    • n follow The difference in the external diameter of a spring, especially of a coiled or helical spring, when unloaded and when compressed by its working load. The torsion of the rod which forms the coil tends to increase the diameter as the spring closes.
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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).
    • v.t Follow fol′ō to go after or behind: to come after, succeed: to pursue: to attend: to imitate: to obey: to adopt, as an opinion: to keep the eye or mind fixed on: to pursue, as an object of desire: to result from, as an effect from a cause:
    • v.i Follow to come after another: to result
    • n Follow (billiards) a stroke which causes the ball to follow the one which it has struck
    • adj Follow coming next after
    • v.t Follow fol′ō (B.) to strive to obtain
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Quotations

  • Ted Turner
    Ted Turner
    “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Successful men follow the same advice they prescribe for others.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “O, had I but followed the arts!”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Death is a shadow that always follows the body.”
  • Stephen R. Covey
    Stephen%20R.%20Covey
    “Interdependency follows independence.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Others will follow your footsteps easier than they will your advice.”

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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. foluwen, folwen, folgen, AS. folgian, fylgean, fylgan,; akin to D. volgen, OHG. folgēn, G. folgen, Icel. fylgja, Sw. följa, Dan. fölge, and perh. to E. folk,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. folgian, fylgian, app. a compound, but obscure; Ger. folgen.

Usage

In literature:

A large one-room school followed and this had not been established very long before it was necessary to employ two teachers.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
In the following acts Selica resides as Queen on the Isle of Madagascar.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
By it Mr Thorn and his followers descended to their boats, and away they went in hot pursuit of the pirates.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
There the matter rested, and Mrs. Elsmere, during the two years which followed, thought little more about it.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
August 4th and the Sunday which followed were spent at Fredericton.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
It is certain that we are followed and I'm afraid that we're followed by an enemy most dangerous.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Its rulers were brave, their Varangian followers were courageous, the city was strong.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The battle that followed was hot and furious, the ships becoming mingled in so confused a mass that no eye could follow their evolutions.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
His sons and grandsons had simply re-edited his maps as they were completed, and other geographers followed the same course.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Then followed the famous Race for the Channel, which is described by official French observers in the pages that follow.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
She could not follow him, and that frightened her.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Certainly for days he followed the dog around, plainly apprehensive that he would run off again.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
In this the Indians followed their ancient instinct.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
It was beginning to get dusk as he followed the trail along which he had once followed in the footsteps of Mr. Weevil.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
The exercise should be followed by a brief drill at attention in order to restore smartness and control.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Piar tried to incite revolt among his followers.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
It was this man who turned out to be the one plucky man among all my followers.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
How long after this the following took place, I can't say, but my cock was bigger.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
And then Lady Gwendolen follows him into the wood, and the men follow her in silence.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
My pony leaped to follow her but my quick eye caught the short angle of the Indian's advantage.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
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In poetry:

"Not a hand and not a foot;
Has no need for those;
Makes her trip without a slip,
Following her nose.
"April" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Oh, who is he will follow me
With a singing,
Down sunny roads where windy odes
Of the woods are ringing?
"Faun-Call" by Cale Young Rice
Around my head for ever
I hear small voices speak
In tongues I cannot follow,
I know not what they seek.
"The Man Who Trod On Sleeping Grass" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Belshazzar.
Speak, O queen!
My listening soul shall hang upon thy words,
And prompt obedience follow them.
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
In April, in April,
My one love came along,
And I ran the slope of my high hill
To follow a thread of song.
"A Well-Worn Story" by Dorothy Parker
The milk-white girls
Unbend from the holly-trees,
And their snow-white leopard
Watches to follow our trace.
"Heather" by Ezra Pound

In news:

At the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference a 13-year-old lad who, precisely as virtually all youngsters invariably follow the religion of their parents, followed the political persuasions of his parents.
Following the deaths of three children and the near death of a fourth, US health officials are warning about the risks of giving the pain reliever codeine to certain children following surgery.
Jay-Z isn't a follower, however this go around he's following in the footsteps of Ludacris and Dr Dre and joining the ranks of the French brandy business.
It is a powerful look back at the year that followed September 11th and the wars that also followed, that Americans are still coping with.
Some years we fol­low a few of the tra­di­tions, other years we fol­low all of them.
Following is a timeline that follows Japanese immigration to Hawaii, according to americanhistory.si.edu and hawaiiforvisitors.com.
"The thing I think would be more interesting than followers is retweets," Williams said, adding that a simple follower count "doesn't capture your distribution.
A Retirement Celebration and Reception for Father Karl Ganss Saturday, June 23 immediately following Mass and Sunday, June 24 immediately following the 8, 9:30 and 11 am masses St Gall 's Church Parish Hall 120 W Shannon St, Elburn.
Who to follow for more coverage: Use Twitter to follow # HornOfAfrica, #famine, #Somalia, or #drought.
Olympic-style lifting is punctuated by sprints around the gym or the block, followed by kettlebell movements, followed by more sprints or stair running.
Following President Obama's address to a Joint Session of Congress, US Representative Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump) issued the following statement.
Follow @jbrezlow August 8, 2012, 1:16 pm ET by Jason M. Watch Post Mortem, FRONTLINE's exploration of America's patchwork death investigation system, and The Real CSI, our follow-up film which investigates the science behind forensics.
Instead of following the MSCI EAFE + Emerging Markets index, it will now be following the MSCI ACWI ex US index.
Sure, Twitter means more than just following those who follow you back, or you'd miss out on a lot of interesting chatter.
If you follow the Store Front blog you've been following the money.
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In science:

We show in the following that this limit follows both from using the nearhorizon/decoupling limit of OM theory found in Section 3.2 and from doing a T-duality on the (1, 1) OBLST.
Open Branes in Space-Time Non-Commutative Little String Theory
Since for 0 ≤ q < 1 the support of the limit measure νq is compactly supported, the theorem follows from the following stronger statement.
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
Lemma 1 follows directly from the following two lemmas.
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
To prove that (I3) holds, let (qn ) and (rn ) be sequences in I ◦ with limits q and r ∈ ¯I respectively, and assume that rn ∈ F ∗ p,qn, then it follows from (A6) that r ∈ Fp,q and (I3) follows if r 6= p.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
It follows that the following inequality is true, < T, S >2≤ kT k2kS k2, ∀ T, S ∈ Γ(T ∗M × f −1 (T N )), with equality if and only if there exists K ∈ F (M ) such that T = KS .
Harmonic Maps between Generalized Lagrange Spaces
By EGA IV 19.3.2, A is a relative complete intersection over OK . (i) follows from Proposition 6.1. (ii) follows from Proposition 5.8 for r = +∞.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
Thus, j is surjective. (ii) follows from Proposition 5.8 for r = +∞. (iii) follows from Theorem 5.1 and (i).
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
In Fig. 2 we compare the analytical results following from the free L´evy covariance to the ones following from the SP500 market.
Free Random Levy Variables and Financial Probabilities
In the following section we follow up the implication of these two points in detail for two quads.
Beware the Non-uniqueness of Einstein Rings
The following theorem follows from the classification of simple linearly compact Lie superalgebras [K5].
Classification of finite simple Lie conformal superalgebras
It follows that gw({ eLj }) ≤ gw({Lj }) ≤ 1 (the last inequality follows from (5.4)).
Classification of finite simple Lie conformal superalgebras
The rest of the proof of Theorem 0.4 follows closely the lines of Section 2 in [Z]. I will only prove the following lemma which will replace the argument for (*) in Subsection 2.1 of [Z].
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
Naturalness of its interpretation as some ”measure” on A∞ follows from the following examples.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
The existence of non-translation-invariant (conditioned) random-cluster measures follows from Theorem 2, as in the following sketch argument.
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
Although it is a priori unclear how to follow this solution for m < mc, the following remarkable property indicates how one may proceed.
Functional renormalization group at large N for random manifolds
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