What does the word precursor mean?

Usage examples for precursor

  1. For one flash, bewildering and disconcerting, like the sudden intrusion of last night's dream into the affairs of to- day, she saw herself again- that self she never thought of as being the precursor of the present Senath, but as a totally different person altogether, whom, try as she would, she could not connect up. – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse
  2. Twice, already, has her husband been seized with the drunkard's madness; and, in the nervous prostration consequent upon even a brief withdrawal of his usual strong stimulants, she sees the fearful precursor of another attack of this dreadful and dangerous malady. – Ten Nights in a Bar Room by T. S. Arthur