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precursor

美国发音:[prɪ'kɜrsər]
英国发音:[priː'kɜː(r)sə(r)]

[n]
英语解释:something that exists before something else, and is related to it or influences its development
常见翻译:前兆,预兆,先驱

forerunner
A precursor is a person or thing that comes before something similar that comes later and influences its development. We say, for example, that the electronic calculator is the precursor of the computer. That is, the calculator indicated the arrival of the advanced machine, the computer. The wireless is the precursor of the wireless receiving set, usually called the radio.