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Following Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    following adj
  1. going or proceeding or coming after in the same direction; "the crowd of following cars made the occasion seem like a parade"; "tried to outrun the following footsteps" [ant: leading]
  2. in the desired direction; "a following wind" [syn: following(a)]
  3. immediately following in time or order; "the following day"; "next in line"; "the next president"; "the next item on the list" [syn: next]
  4. about to be mentioned or specified; "the following items" [syn: following(a), undermentioned] n
  5. a group of followers or enthusiasts [syn: followers]
  6. the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture; "the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit" [syn: pursuit, chase]
Following Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Follow \Fol"low\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Followed; p. pr. & vb. n. Following.][OE. foluwen, folwen, folgen, AS. folgian, fylgean, fylgan; akin to D. volgen, OHG. folg?n, G. folgen, Icel. fylgja, Sw. f["o]lja, Dan. f["o]lge, and perh. to E. folk.]
  1. To go or come after; to move behind in the same path or direction; hence, to go with (a leader, guide, etc.); to accompany; to attend. It waves me forth again; I'll follow it. --Shak.
  2. To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to pursue; to prosecute. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. --Ex. xiv. 17.
  3. To accept as authority; to adopt the opinions of; to obey; to yield to; to take as a rule of action; as, to follow good advice. Approve the best, and follow what I approve. --Milton. Follow peace with all men. --Heb. xii. 14. It is most agreeable to some men to follow their reason; and to others to follow their appetites. --J. Edwards.
  4. To copy after; to take as an example. We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we like not, than in defects resemble them whom we love. --Hooker.
  5. To succeed in order of time, rank, or office.
  6. To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference from a premise.
  7. To watch, as a receding object; to keep the eyes fixed upon while in motion; to keep the mind upon while in
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Following'

Following is a 1998 British neo-noir film directed by Christopher Nolan. It tells the story of a young man who follows strangers around the streets of London and is drawn into a criminal underworld when he fails to keep his distance. The film was made on a small budget and features an unusual non-linear plot structure which has been a feature in several of Nolan's films.

A struggling, unemployed young writer takes to following strangers around the streets of London, ostensibly to find inspiration for his first novel.

Initially, he sets strict rules for himself regarding whom he should follow and for how long, but soon discards them as he focuses on a well-groomed man in a dark suit. The man in the suit, having noticed he is being followed, quickly confronts the young man and introduces himself as "Cobb". Cobb reveals that he is a serial burglar and invites the young man to accompany him on various burglaries. The material gains from these crimes seem to be of secondary importance to Cobb, who takes pleasure in rifling through the personal items in his targets' flats, such as drinking their wine. He explains that his true passion is using the shock of robbery and violation of property to make his victims re-examine their lives. He sums up his attitude thus: "You take it away, and show them what they had."

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* The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like him. - Socrates

* There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate when he can't afford it, and when he can. - from Following the Equator - Mark Twain

* It is a commonplace that the history of civilisation is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie has been pointed out over and over again. And though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found to be generally true that ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon --so long as there is no answer to it-- gives claws to the weak. - George Orwell

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