Bookbinding. a stage in which sections of a book are stitched, fitted with a back, pasted, etc., before being placed in the completed cover.
Engraving. the process of starting a copper plate by etching and of finishing with a graver.

Origin of forwarding

First recorded in 1625–35; forward + -ing1



adverb Also forwards (for defs 1, 2)

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.


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.


  1. a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
  2. Football.a lineman.
  3. Basketball.either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
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 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

before 900; Middle English; Old English for(e)weard. See fore1, -ward
Related formsfor·ward·a·ble, adjectivefor·ward·ly, adverbo·ver·for·ward, adjectiveo·ver·for·ward·ly, adverbo·ver·for·ward·ness, nounre·for·ward, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedforeword forward forwards froward

Synonyms for forward

Synonym study

1. Forward, onward both indicate a direction toward the front or a movement in a frontward direction. Forward applies to any movement toward what is or is conceived to be the front or a goal: to face forward; to move forward in the aisles. Onward applies to any movement in continuance of a course: to march onward toward a goal. 9. See bold.

Antonyms for forward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for forwarding



all the processes involved in the binding of a book subsequent to cutting and up to the fitting of its cover



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
  1. of or relating to the future or favouring change; progressive
  2. (in combination)forward-looking
finance realting to fulfilment at a future date
NZ (of an animal) in good condition


  1. an email that has been sent to one recipient and then forwarded to another
  2. (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

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsforwardly, adverb

Word Origin for forward

Old English foreweard
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Word Origin and History for forwarding



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with forwarding


see backward and forward; carry forward; come forward; from this day forward; know like a book (backwards and forwards); look forward; put forward; put one's best foot forward; set forward.

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