[ fawr-wer-ding ]
/ ˈfɔr wər dɪŋ /


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

Definition for forwarding (2 of 2)

Origin of forward

before 900; Middle English; Old English for(e)weard. See fore1, -ward

Related forms

Can be confused

foreword forward forwards froward

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

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British Dictionary definitions for forwarding (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfɔːwədɪŋ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for forwarding (2 of 2)

Derived Forms

forwardly, adverb

Word Origin for forward

Old English foreweard
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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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