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following

[fol-oh-ing] /ˈfɒl oʊ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a body of followers, attendants, adherents, etc.
2.
the body of admirers, attendants, patrons, etc., of someone or something:
That television show has a large following.
3.
the following, that which comes immediately after, as pages, lines, etc.:
See the following for a list of exceptions.
adjective
4.
that follows or moves in the same direction:
a following wind.
5.
that comes after or next in order or time; ensuing:
the following day.
6.
that is now to follow; now to be mentioned, described, related, or the like:
Check the following report for details.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English folwing. See follow, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
nonfollowing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for followings

following

/ˈfɒləʊɪŋ/
adjective
1.
  1. (prenominal) about to be mentioned, specified, etc the following items
  2. (as noun) will the following please raise their hands?
2.
(of winds, currents, etc) moving in the same direction as the course of a vessel
noun
3.
a group of supporters or enthusiasts he attracted a large following wherever he played
preposition
4.
as a result of he was arrested following a tip-off
Usage note
The use of following to mean as a result of is very common in journalism, but should be avoided in other kinds of writing
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Word Origin and History for followings
following
c.1300, action of the verb follow. Meaning a body of disciples or retainers is from mid-15c.
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