• (adv): Earlier in time; previously.
    Example: "He called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"; "her parents had died four years earlier"; "I mentioned that problem earlier"
    Synonyms: before
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on earlier:

... as one of the communities belonging probably to the earlier or Volscian stratum of population on the west side of Italy, who were absorbed by the Sabine or Latin immigrants ... Special interest attaches to this trace of their earlier origin, because of the famous cult of Diana Nemorensis, whose temple in the forest close by Aricia, beside the lacus Nemorensis, was served by "the ... this extraordinary relic of barbarism was characteristic of the earlier stratum of the population who presumably called themselves Arici ...
Late Effect
... a condition that appears after the acute phase of an earlier, causal condition has run its course ... effect can be caused directly by the earlier condition, or indirectly by the treatment for the earlier condition ...
British Rail Class 70 (electric) - British Railways No. 20003
20003 was markedly different externally to its two earlier sisters, being 2 inches (5 cm) longer with flat 4SUB-like cab ends, arguably simpler (and therefore ... Equipment changes added 5 tons to the earlier 100-ton design ...
Flight To Mars (film) - Production
... Similarly, the concepts of spaceflight are those postulated in that earlier film ... are this film postulates a planned flight to Mars, whereas the earlier film postulates an accidental flight to Mars, which accident occurs during a planned flight to the Moon ... and poses a long-term, strategic threat there to, whereas the earlier film postulates a Martian species which is pre-literate, and a throw-back, as a consequence of a global nuclear holocaust which ...
Folsom Dam - History
... Folsom Dam, built in 1955, replaced an earlier, smaller dam that had been completed in 1893 by Horatio Gates Livermore ... The earlier dam had fed the Folsom Powerhouse, generating electricity that was transmitted to Sacramento over a 22 mi (35 km)-long distribution line, the longest electrical distribution system in the world at the ... The remains of the earlier dam can be seen downstream from the Folsom Lake Crossing ...

More definitions of "earlier":

  • (adj): (comparative and superlative of 'early') more early than; most early.
    Example: "A fashion popular in earlier times"; "his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher"
    Synonyms: earliest
  • (adv): Comparatives of 'soon' or 'early'.
    Example: "Came earlier than I expected"
    Synonyms: sooner

Famous quotes containing the word earlier:

    If in the earlier part of the century, middle-class children suffered from overattentive mothers, from being “mother’s only accomplishment,” today’s children may suffer from an underestimation of their needs. Our idea of what a child needs in each case reflects what parents need. The child’s needs are thus a cultural football in an economic and marital game.
    Arlie Hochschild (20th century)

    When over the houses, a golden illusion
    Brings back an earlier season of quiet
    And quieting dreams in the sleepers in darkness
    The moon is the mother of pathos and pity.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    It is a quite remarkable fact that the great religions of the most civilized peoples are more deeply fraught with sadness than the simpler beliefs of earlier societies. This certainly does not mean that the current of pessimism is eventually to submerge the other, but it proves that it does not lose ground and that it does not seem destined to disappear.
    Emile Durkheim (1858–1917)