a function of an audio or video recorder or player, as a cassette deck or DVR, that allows the content to be advanced rapidly.
the button or other control that activates this function.
Other definitions for fast-forward (2 of 2)
to advance an audio or video recording rapidly: I always fast-forward through the TV ads that get recorded on my DVR.
to skip over a period of time and arrive at a future point in the timeline, especially in narration: Fast-forward six months, she’s gotten engaged and is moving to Europe!
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How to use fast forward in a sentence
fast forward two centuries, and all these checks have long since ceased to function.
Fast-forward three centuries, and Cuomo II sounds awfully like the long-dead Louis.
Fast-forward a decade and 10 seasons of The Bachelorette later.People Prefer ‘The Bachelor’ to ‘The Bachelorette.’ Why? It’s Science. | Brandy Zadrozny | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fast-forward to 2012, when home and heart meant very different things to Republicans Romney and Ryan.Memo to the 2016 GOP: Winning Your Home State Matters | Lloyd Green | May 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
fast forward to the present day: many newspapers have full-time lifestyle editors.Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting | Ted Gioia | March 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then a plank was run out, a line made fast forward, and Perkins climbed the bank and greeted Mrs. Browne.Duffels | Edward Eggleston
Here she was now fixed hard and fast forward, with her forefoot high and dry, although there was deep water under her stern aft.Afloat at Last | John Conroy Hutcheson
The sail may be made up on the forecastle, and the end of the tack and halyards made fast forward, if it is to be soon set again.The Seaman's Friend | Richard Henry Dana
The other end of the spare anchor-rope, to which the stuff was tied, was yet to be made fast forward.The Rival Campers Afloat | Ruel Perley Smith
And she touched her horse with the spur, and cantered fast forward, leaving the little house behind.McClure's Magazine December, 1895 | Edited by Ida M. Tarbell
British Dictionary definitions for fast-forward
(sometimes not hyphenated) the control on a tape deck or video recorder used to wind the tape or video forward at speed
informal a state of urgency or rapid progress: my mind went into fast forward
(tr) to wind (a video or tape) forward using the fast-forward control
to deal with speedily: fast-forward the trials of the new drug
(intr) to move forward through a tape or video using the fast-forward control
(usually foll by to) to direct one's attention towards a particular time or event, ignoring intervening material: fast-forward to the summer of 2008
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