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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 ?
But in one particular sense the more recent forms must, on my theory, be higher than the more ancient; for each new species is formed by having had some advantage in the struggle for life over other and preceding forms.
Were the precaution taken of excluding from the assemblies elected by the people, to revise the preceding administration of the government, all persons who should have been concerned with the government within the given period, the difficulties would not be obviated.
His eyes fell on the still, upright, and rigid form of the "Indian runner," who had borne to the camp the unwelcome tidings of the preceding evening.
It had therefore been with smothered displeasure that the proud though indolent Lord of Coningsburgh beheld the victor of the preceding day select Rowena as the object of that honour which it became his privilege to confer.
Nothing could have saved him, except the remarkable strength and activity of the noble horse which he had won on the preceding day.
This stood him in the more stead, as the horse of Bois-Guilbert was wounded, and those of Front-de-B uf and Athelstane were both tired with the weight of their gigantic masters, clad in complete armour, and with the preceding exertions of the day.
Crooks now informed his companions that in his desolate wanderings through the Snake River country during the preceding winter, in which he had been accompanied by John Day, the poor fellow's wits had been partially unsettled by the sufferings and horrors through which they had passed, and he doubted whether they had ever been restored to perfect sanity.
At an immense distance rose a chain of craggy mountains, which they would have to traverse; they were the same among which the travellers had experienced such sufferings from cold during the preceding winter, and from their azure tints, when seen at a distance, had received the name of the Blue Mountains.
An FPG executive said the group's sales in February will be impacted by weakened procurement in China due to the Lunar New Year, but believes the group's March sales will improve over each of the preceding two months.
Nonresident investors bought a net 305.20 billion yen in Japanese stocks June 11-15 on the three stock exchanges, compared with net purchases of 572.24 billion yen in the preceding week, the TSE said.
Under this method, a taxpayer computes its uncollectible amount by multiplying its yearend accounts receivable balance by the ratio of the total bad debts of accounts receivable sustained during the current year and five preceding tax years (adjusted for recoveries of bad debts during the same period) to the sum of the accounts receivable earned (i.e., the total sales resulting in accounts receivable) during the same six-year period.
For the preceding 6.9068 years, the discount rate is 1.045 a year.