(n.) A predecessor; an ancestor.
(n.) A messenger sent before to give notice of the approach of others; a harbinger; a sign foreshowing something; a prognostic; as, the forerunner of a fever.
(n.) A piece of rag terminating the log line.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Forerunner'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/f/forerunner.html. 1828.