[fawr-werd] /ˈfɔr wərd/
adverb, Also, forwards (for defs 1, 2)
toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; :
to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.
toward the front:
Let’s move forward so we can hear better.
into view or consideration; out; forth:
He brought forward several good suggestions.
toward the bow or front of a vessel or aircraft.
(defs 4, 5).
directed toward a point in advance; moving ahead; onward:
a forward motion.
being in a condition of advancement; well-advanced:
It was quite forward in the season when we finished our planting.
ready, prompt, or eager.
presumptuous, impertinent, or bold:
a rude, forward child.
situated in the front or forepart:
the forward part of the ship.
of or relating to the future; for the future or :
forward buying; a forward price.
lying ahead or to the front:
Take the forward path.
radical or extreme, as persons or opinions:
the forward trend in certain liberal thought.
Finance. something bought, as a security, for future delivery.
verb (used with object)
to send forward; transmit, especially to a new address:
to forward a letter.
to advance or help onward; promote:
The training will help to forward your career.
verb (used without object)
to advance or play a mechanism, recording tape, cassette, etc., in the forward direction:
to find a musical selection without forwarding through the whole cassette.
directed or moving ahead
lying or situated in or near the front part of something
presumptuous, pert, or impudent: a forward remark
well developed or advanced, esp in physical, material, or intellectual growth or development: forward ideas
(archaic) (often postpositive) ready, eager, or willing
(finance) realting to fulfilment at a future date
(NZ) (of an animal) in good condition
an attacking player in any of various sports, such as soccer, hockey, or basketball
a variant of forwards
(ˈfɔːwəd; nautical history) (ˈfɒrəd). towards the front or bow of an aircraft or ship
into prominence or a position of being subject to public scrutiny; out; forth: the witness came forward
to send forward or pass on to an ultimate destination: the letter was forwarded from a previous address
to advance, help, or promote: to forward one’s career
(bookbinding) to prepare (a book) for the finisher
Old English forewearde “toward the front;” see fore + -ward. Adjectival sense of “early” is from 1520s; that of “presumptuous” is attested from 1560s.
1590s, “to help push forward,” from forward (adv.). Meaning “to send (a letter, etc.) on to another destination” is from 1757. Related: Forwarded; forwarding.
Old English, “the fore or front part” of something; see forward (adv.). The position in football so called since 1879.
(verb) To send (a copy of) an electronic mail message that you have received on to one or more other addressees. Most e-mail systems can be configured to do this automatically to all or certain messages, e.g. Unix sendmail looks for a “.forward” file in the recipient’s home directory.
A mailing list server (or “mail exploder”) is designed to forward messages automatically to lists of people.
Unix manual page: aliases(5).
- Forward analysis
An analysis which determines properties of the output of a program from properties of the inputs.
- Forward bias
noun 1. a voltage applied to a circuit or device, esp a semiconductor device, in the direction that produces the larger current
- Forward chaining
A data-driven technique used in constructing goals or reaching inferences derived from a set of facts. Forward chaining is the basis of production systems. Oppose backward chaining. (1994-10-28)
- Forward compatibility
jargon The ability to accept input from later versions of itself. Forward compatibility is harder to achieve than backward compatibility, since, in the backward case, the input format is know whereas a forward compatible system needs to cope gracefully with unknown future features. An example of future compatibility is the stipulation that a web browser […]