In the van or front side
- at a greater amount in training or knowledge or skill
- further along in real or emotional development
- prior to the times
- relatively late in a program of development
- ahead in development; complex or complex
- far along over time
- situated forward or going before
- (of societies) very created especially in technology or industry
- of Advance
- into the van or front.
- In the front or before others, in relation to progress or ideas; as, advanced opinions, advanced thinkers.
- Far on in life or time.
1530s, "far ahead for the duration of activities or a few ideas," past participle adjective from advance (v.). Of scientific studies, from 1790. Army usage is from 1795. In belated 19c. used especially in mention of the views on ladies' equivalence.
(imp. & p. p.) of Advance
- (a.) Within the van or front.
- (a.) Right in front or before others, as regards progress or tips; since, advanced level views, advanced level thinkers.
- (a.) Far on in life or time.
The ministry was saved by a mere accident - the expulsion of Danish agitators from North Schleswig by the German government, which evoked a passion of patriotic protest throughout Denmark, and united all parties, the war minister declaring in the Folketing, during the debate on the military budget (January 1899), that the armaments of Denmark were so far advanced that any great power must think twice before venturing to attack her.