1. Coming next in time or order: in the following chapter.
2. Now to be enumerated: The following people will report for duty.
3. Blowing in the same direction as the course of a ship or aircraft. Used of wind.
1. A group or gathering of admirers, adherents, or disciples: a lecturer with a large following.
2. The item or items to be mentioned next: Please buy the following: milk, bread, and eggs.
Subsequent to; after: Following dinner, brandy was served in the study.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.