preceding

(redirected from precede)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial.

preceding

1. Denoting the leading edge of a planet, etc., or the leading member of a pair of stars, as the Earth's rotation causes objects to drift across the sky from east to west.
2. Denoting the leading edge of a surface feature on a planet, satellite, star, etc., or the leading member of a pair of features, the feature(s) moving as the body rotates.

In each case, the other edge or member is described as following or trailing.

References in classic literature ?
Take such a proposition as "Socrates precedes Plato." Here the word "precedes" is just as solid as the words "Socrates" and "Plato"; it MEANS a relation, but is not a relation.
For example, if the proposition is "Socrates precedes Plato," the objective which verifies it results from replacing the word "Socrates" by Socrates, the word "Plato" by Plato, and the word "precedes" by the relation of preceding between Socrates and Plato.
The Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines (JDG), recently prepared by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, emphasize timely response at all stages of case processing, including those stages that precede or do not include formal court involvement.
He says we do this with the parables that precede it as well.
* Precede, proceed--"These words are confusing for reasons of similar pronunciation and spelling.
The purpose of this assessment was to establish the components of a comprehensive program to prevent school violence using the PRECEDE planning model, which assesses factors that contribute to and occur as a result of school violence, as a theoretical framework.