[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. forward roll,
  2. forward slash,
  3. forward-looking,
  4. forward-thinking,
  5. forwarder,
  6. forwarding agent,
  7. forwardly,
  8. forwardmost,
  9. forwardness,
  10. forwards

Origin of forwarding

First recorded in 1625–35; forward + -ing1

Origin of forward

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

Related forms
Can be confusedforeword 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


/ (ˈfɔːwədɪŋ) /


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

Word Origin for forward

Old English foreweard

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Word Origin and History for forwarding
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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