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A sign or warning of something to come
“The analysis tool has been developed to monitor vibrations in a structure that might be a precursor to a collapse.”
A person or thing that comes before another of the same kind
“Qing novels have been the subject of significant recent scholarship, either as a vanguard of the new novelistic experimentation or as a precursor to modern Chinese popular fiction.”
An earlier model
“It was a precursor to the phones we all use today.”
A prototype or archetype
A forecast or prediction of future events
An action or event serving as an introduction to something more important
A person carrying information to another
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A position at the forefront of new developments or ideas
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