(Latin) praeformare. See Pre-, and Form.
To form beforehand, or for special ends. "Their natures and preformed faculties. " (Shakespeare)
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From pre- + form.
preform (plural preforms) An object that has undergone preliminary shaping but is not yet in its final form. (archaeology) The rough, incomplete and unused basic form of a stone tool. (linguistics) A word that is no longer in use, but has been reconstructed from current ones.
preform (third-person singular simple present preforms, present participle preforming, simple past and past participle preformed) To shape something before some other operation. Common misspelling of perform.
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