preform

verb pre·form \ ˈprē-ˌfȯrm , (ˌ)prē-ˈfȯrm \
Updated on: 14 Feb 2018

Definition of preform

transitive verb
1 : to form or shape beforehand
2 : to bring to approximate preliminary shape and size

preform

play \ˈprē-ˌfȯrm\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of preform

Latin praeformare, from prae- + formare to form, from forma form


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