ETYM Latin anterior, comp. of ante before.
1. Earlier in time; SYN. prior.
2. (Zoology) Of or near the head end or toward the front plane of the body.
Before in time; in front. In biology, the front of an organism, usually the part that goes forward first when the animal is moving. The anterior end of the nervous system, over the course of evolution, has developed into a brain with associated receptor organs able to detect stimuli including light and chemicals.
1. (Used especially of persons) Having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; especially not young; SYN. aged.
2. Lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; SYN. stale, moth-eaten.
3. From an earlier time
4. Of long duration; not new
5. Old in experience; SYN. older.
6. (Used for emphasis) Very familiar
ETYM Latin praevius going before, leading the way; prae before + via the way. Related to Voyage.
1. Just preceding something else in time or order; SYN. old.
2. Too soon or too hasty; SYN. premature.
ETYM Latin prior former, previous, better, superior; compar. corresponding to primus first, and pro for. Related to Former, Prime, and Pre-, Pro-.
1. Earlier in time or order; previous.
2. Taking precedence (as in importance).
3. Former; antecedent; anterior; previous.