forward Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
noun a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
verb send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit
- forward my mail
adjective at or near or directed toward the front
- the forward section of the aircraft
- a forward plunge down the stairs
- forward motion
adjective used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
- a forward child badly in need of discipline
adjective of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle
- in a forward gear
adjective satellite moving forward
adverb at or to or toward the front; (`forrad' and `forrard' are dialectal variations)
forrad; forwards; forrard; frontwards; frontward.
- he faced forward
- step forward
- she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine
adverb forward in time or order or degree
- from that time forth
- from the sixth century onward
adverb toward the future; forward in time
- I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring
- I look forward to seeing you
adverb in a forward direction
ahead; forwards; onward; onwards; forrader.
- go ahead
- the train moved ahead slowly
- the boat lurched ahead
- moved onward into the forest
- they went slowly forward in the mud
adverb near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane
- the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments
EtymologyOE., fr. AS.
An agreement; a covenant; a promise.Obs.
Tell us a tale anon, as forward is. Chaucer.
For"ward, For"wards adverb
Toward a part or place before or in front; onward; in advance; progressively; -- opposed to backward.
Near, or at the fore part; in advance of something else; as, the. forwardgun in a ship, or the forwardship in a fleet
Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense, overready; to hasty.
Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. Gal. ii. 10.
Nor do we find him forward to be sounded. Shak.
Ardent; eager; earnest; in an ill sense, less reserved or modest than is proper; bold; confident; as, the boy is too. forwardfor his years
I have known men disagreeably forward from their shyness. T. Arnold.
Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for season; as, the grass is forward, or forwardfor the season; we have a forwardspring. the latter sense is now early.
The most forward bud Is eaten by the canker ere it blow. Shak.
For"ward transitive verb
To help onward; to advance; to promote; to accelerate; to quicken; to hasten; as, to forwardthe growth of a plant; to forwardone in improvement.
To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to. forwarda letter
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