Forerunner Fore*run"ner, n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Whither the forerunner in for us entered, even Jesus. --Heb. vi. 20. [1913 Webster]

My elder brothers, my forerunners, came. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. A predecessor; an ancestor. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) A piece of rag terminating the log line. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.