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Dictionary Definition

forward adj
1 at or near or directed toward the front; "the forward section of the aircraft"; "a forward plunge down the stairs"; "forward motion" [ant: backward]
2 moving toward a position ahead; "forward motion"; "the onward course of events" [syn: onward]
3 used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty; "a forward child badly in need of discipline" [ant: backward]
4 of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle; "in a forward gear" [ant: reverse]
5 moving forward [syn: advancing, forward-moving]
6 situated at or toward the front; "the fore cabins"; "the forward part of the ship"
7 situated in the front; "the forward section of the aircraft"

Noun

1 the person who plays the position of forward on a basketball team
2 a position on a basketball team adv
1 at or to or toward the front; "he faced forward"; "step forward"; "she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine"; (`forrad' and `forrard' are dialectal variations) [syn: forwards, frontward, frontwards, forrad, forrard] [ant: back]
2 forward in time or order or degree; "from that time forth"; "from the sixth century onward" [syn: forth, onward]
3 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" [syn: ahead] [ant: back, back]
4 in a forward direction; "go ahead"; "the train moved ahead slowly"; "the boat lurched ahead"; "moved onward into the forest"; "they went slowly forward in the mud" [syn: ahead, onward, onwards, forwards, forrader]
5 near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane; "the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments" [syn: fore] [ant: aft] v : send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit; "forward my mail" [syn: send on]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

foreweard (-ward fore).

Adjective

  1. Towards the front or at the front.
    The fire was confined to the forward portion of the store.
  2. Without customary restraint
    I thought his suggestion that we move in together was rather forward.
    1999: "Would you think it forward of me to kiss you?" asked Tristran. — Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pg. 44 (2001 Perennial paperback edition).
  3. Expected in the future.
    The stock price is currently 12 times forward earnings.

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

at the front
without customary restraint
expected in the future

Adverb

  1. Towards the front or from the front.
    The bus driver told everyone standing up to move forward.
  2. In the usual direction of travel.
    After spending an hour stuck in the mud, we could once again move forward.
  3. Into the future.
    From this day forward, there will be no more brussels sprouts at the cafeteria.

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

towards the front
in the usual direction of travel
into the future

Verb

  1. To send (something received) to a third party.
    I'll be glad to forward your mail to you while you're gone.

Synonyms

  • (send (something received) to a third party): pass on

Translations

send (something received) to a third party

Noun

  1. A player on a team in football (soccer) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals.
  2. : An umbrella term for a centre or winger in ice hockey.
  3. : The small forward or power forward position.
  4. : The front part of a vessel.

Translations

player nearest to the opposing soccer team
centre or winger in ice hockey
small forward or power forward position
  • Norwegian: forward
front part of a vessel

Synonyms

See also

  • foreword, meaning a preface or introduction

Extensive Definition

Forward may refer to:
In physics:
In sports:
In literature:
In music:
In politics:
  • Forward (Greenland), a social democratic political party in Greenland
  • Kadima (Hebrew for forward), an Israeli political party
Forward may also refer to:
  • Email forwarding, a mechanism by which a mail server sends the emails of one of its user's to another address.
  • Isuzu Forward, trucks made by Isuzu
Forward is the name of:
  • Bob Forward (born 1958), a United States film director; son of Robert L. Forward
  • Robert L. Forward (1932-2002), a United States physicist and science fiction writer
  • Eve Forward, author of fantasy novels, Villains by Necessity and Animist; daughter of Robert L. Forward

See also

forward in German: Forward
forward in Japanese: フォワード

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