- toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: 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.
- ahead(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 delivery: 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.
- standing out from others (sometimes used in combination):fashion-forward celebrities; an herb with a strong, forward flavor.
- a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
- Football.a lineman.
- Basketball.either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
- Finance. something bought, as a security, for future delivery.
- 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.
- to advance or play a cassette, digital recording, slide projector, etc., in the forward direction: Forward through the first few ballads to get to the dance tracks on this album.
Origin of forward
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Examples from the Web for forwardly
And equal to Bunning in decency, honesty, fullness of thought, and forwardly straight talk was Rick Robinson.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
In the Achorutidae the head is forwardly directed, the tergum of the prothorax conspicuous, and the spring small or vestigial.
The latter have the ordinary passerine foot, which consists of three forwardly directed toes and a backwardly directed one.
As we have seen, all four toes of the swift are forwardly directed and each is terminated by a sharp hook-like claw.
The lower jaw has quite the appearance of that of a Macropus or Phalanger, with long and forwardly projecting incisors.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
This is of aluminum and it has in its center a forwardly deflected portion forming a chamber for the electrodes.Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1
- directed or moving ahead
- lying or situated in or near the front part of something
- presumptuous, pert, or impudenta forward remark
- well developed or advanced, esp in physical, material, or intellectual growth or developmentforward ideas
- archaic (often postpositive) ready, eager, or willing
- of or relating to the future or favouring change; progressive
- (in combination)forward-looking
- finance realting to fulfilment at a future date
- NZ (of an animal) in good condition
- an email that has been sent to one recipient and then forwarded to another
- (in American football) a lineman
- 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; forththe witness came forward
- to send forward or pass on to an ultimate destinationthe letter was forwarded from a previous address
- to advance, help, or promoteto forward one's career
- bookbinding to prepare (a book) for the finisher
Word Origin and History for forwardly
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.