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Electrical engineering a tool for giving a coil or winding the required shape, sometimes consisting of a frame on which the wire can be wound, the frame then being removed

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former
Transverse members used to give a required shape to a fabric-covered fuselage or body on which the stringers rest and to support the skin of a monocoque structure. Formers dividing a fuselage into compartments are called bulkheads.
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This dear friend," said D'Artagnan, carefully avoiding to utter either the former name borne by Porthos or his new one, "then he has not forgotten me?
One of the former represented a tomb, with a youthful female weeping over it, exhibiting a church with arched windows in the background.
But, when each was comfortably arranged, and Louisa, after laying aside a thin coat of faded silk, and a gypsy hat, that was more becoming to her modest, ingenuous countenance than appropriate to the season, had taken a chair between her father and the youth, the former resumed the conversation.
We had occasion, in a former paper, to take notice of the repeated trials which have been unsuccessfully made in the United Netherlands for reforming the baneful and notorious vices of their constitution.
If it can be shown to be almost invariably the case, that a region, of which most of its inhabitants are closely related to, or belong to the same genera with the species of a second region, has probably received at some former period immigrants from this other region, my theory will be strengthened; for we can clearly understand, on the principle of modification, why the inhabitants of a region should be related to those of another region, whence it has been stocked.
Changes of level in the land must also have been highly influential: a narrow isthmus now separates two marine faunas; submerge it, or let it formerly have been submerged, and the two faunas will now blend or may formerly have blended: where the sea now extends, land may at a former period have connected islands or possibly even continents together, and thus have allowed terrestrial productions to pass from one to the other.
Twin formers available in front-to-back or side-to-side configuration.
Updated containerboard machines typically have a hydraulic headbox, one or more top-wire formers or a secondary fourdrinier or gap former to form the top ply, conventional rolls and shoe press combination, and a single-nip hard calender.
model of its new SF (Servo-Form) line of servo-driven pressure formers for high-output packaging.
will roll out a series of rotary formers that monitor production and quality for SPC.
At this show, servo's the thing--driving all types of formers and trim presses.
SFP also has two single-cavity formers for customer trials and has molded other materials like ABS, filled PP, acrylonitrile copolymer and UHMWPE powder briquettes.