preform

verb
pre·​form | \ ˈprē-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce preform (audio) , (ˌ)prē-ˈfȯrm\
preformed; preforming; preforms

Definition of preform

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

preform

noun
pre·​form | \ ˈprē-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce preform (audio) \
plural preforms

Definition of preform (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of various objects of manufacture or handicraft after preliminary shaping: such as
a : a rough gemstone that has been cut to approximately its finished size and shape
b : a tube produced for the purpose of being molded into a particular form (such as a bottle)

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Étoile dancers are featured in the clip preforming a series of pas de deux from the up-and-coming ballet. Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch and Dream: Balmain Dresses the Opéra de Paris Dancers," 12 June 2017 But the Hunter for Target line is mass-produced in a factory, using a preformed mold. Abha Bhattarai, chicagotribune.com, "Upscale, downscale: Target draws customers with collaborations with high-end brands," 16 Apr. 2018 But the Hunter for Target line is mass-produced in a factory, using a preformed mold. Abha Bhattarai, chicagotribune.com, "Upscale, downscale: Target draws customers with collaborations with high-end brands," 16 Apr. 2018 Besides the five seniors the lineup featured a big sophomore class, one junior and one freshman and all were expected to preform like veteran players. Alvaro Montaño, Houston Chronicle, "Cy Fair’s Marissa Stevens has high goals after taste of playoffs," 18 May 2018 But the Hunter for Target line is mass-produced in a factory, using a preformed mold. Abha Bhattarai, chicagotribune.com, "Upscale, downscale: Target draws customers with collaborations with high-end brands," 16 Apr. 2018 No stereotype will ever be more authentic or accurate than the individuals that comprise the community this preformed notion purports to represent. Jason Han, Philly.com, "For this surgeon-in-training, his profession's stereotype both inspiring and damaging," 15 May 2018 But the Hunter for Target line is mass-produced in a factory, using a preformed mold. Abha Bhattarai, chicagotribune.com, "Upscale, downscale: Target draws customers with collaborations with high-end brands," 16 Apr. 2018 But the Hunter for Target line is mass-produced in a factory, using a preformed mold. Abha Bhattarai, chicagotribune.com, "Upscale, downscale: Target draws customers with collaborations with high-end brands," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of preform

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preform

Verb

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

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