• WordNet 3.6
    • n forwardness prompt willingness "readiness to continue discussions","they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel","they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority","he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"
    • n forwardness an advanced stage "the forwardness of the harvest this year","the arts are in no kind of forwardness in this matter"
    • n forwardness offensive boldness and assertiveness
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He hurried forward to meet her He hurried forward to meet her
Knave called forward Knave called forward
The wrong way to mount a horse—facing forward The wrong way to mount a horse—facing forward

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chameleons can move their eyes independently. One eye can be looking forward and one eye backward at the same time
    • Forwardness A state of advance beyond the usual degree; prematureness; precocity; as, the forwardnessof spring or of corn; the forwardness of a pupil.
    • Forwardness An advanced stage of progress or of preparation; advancement; as, his measures were in great forwardness .
    • Forwardness Boldness; confidence; assurance; want of due reserve or modesty.
    • Forwardness Eagerness; ardor; as, it is difficult to restrain the forwardness of youth.
    • n Forwardness The quality of being forward; cheerful readiness; promtness; as, the forwardness of Christians in propagating the gospel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: January is named for the Roman god Janus. Janus was a temple god who could look forward and backward at the same time
    • n forwardness The condition of being forward or in advance; a state of advancement: as, the forwardness of spring; the forwardness of a scholar.
    • n forwardness Cheerful readiness; promptness; eagerness; confidence.
    • n forwardness Undue assurance; lack of becoming modesty: as, the forwardness of an ill-bred child.
    • n forwardness Synonyms Promptitude, zeal; presumption; Willingness. Forwardness expresses more than willingness in that it implies promptitude and active desire, while willingness has lost the sense implied in its derivation, and expresses rather a somewhat passive readiness.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An idea ran back and forward in his head like a blind man, knocking over the solid furniture.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.”
  • Buddha
    “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists.”
  • Paul Dickson
    Paul Dickson
    “May you look back on the past with as much pleasure as you look forward to the future.”


Put your best foot forward - If you ut your best foot forward, you try your best to do something.


In literature:

Out of the shadows cast from it a slender figure rose and came forward.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
I have put into the hands of Mr. Fulwar Skipwith for you, a packet containing some catalogues, which he will forward.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
But the tide of civilization laps forward.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
Half a dozen dogs of various breeds came trotting forward to meet him.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Seeing the brute make for him, I dashed forward.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Raise the right arm above the head, palm forward, and thrust forward forcibly on a line with the shoulder.
"Sign Language Among North American Indians Compared With That Among Other Peoples And Deaf-Mutes" by Garrick Mallery
I moved forward a few paces and whistled.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Then, angry at myself, I advanced slowly forward, yet keeping well under cover.
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
Instead of running away, the boy took a step forward, and the man paused, scarcely believing his eyes.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
A woman with tangled hair came creeping cautiously forward.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White

In poetry:

The Wildgrave spurr'd his ardent steed,
And, launching forward with a bound,
"Who, for thy drowsy priestlike rede,
Would leave the jovial horn and hound?
"The Wild Huntsman" by Sir Walter Scott
Still the Fair Horseman anxious pleads;
The Black, wild whooping, points the prey:—
Alas! the Earl no warning heeds,
But frantic keeps the forward way.
"The Wild Huntsman" by Sir Walter Scott
And, when he read, they forward leaned,
Drinking, with thirsty hearts and ears,
His brook-like songs whom glory never weaned
From humble smiles and tears.
"An Incident In A Railroad Car" by James Russell Lowell
How far, how far, O Sweet,
The past behind our feet
Lies in the even-glow! Now, on the forward way,
Let us fold hands, and pray;
Alas, Time stays,—we go!
"The Paradox Of Time" by Henry Austin Dobson
Weary of myself, and sick of asking
What I am, and what I ought to be,
At this vessel's prow I stand, which bears me
Forwards, forwards, o'er the starlit sea.
"Self-Dependence" by Matthew Arnold
As God made Joseph's ev'ry work succeed,
And all that faithful Daniel did of yore;
So will he forward, for thee, ev'ry deed,
If thou sincerely wilt his name adore.
"Advice To Pray Earnestly, And On All Occasions, Supposed To Be Address'd To His Own Son" by Rees Prichard

In news:

I was looking forward to sharing with readers a story of great adventure from Wally Glover's latest mountain trek.
She began with hunt seat when she was 11 years old, a style of forward seat riding.
Cautiously, I leaned forward and drank in the aroma of the still-cooking food.
'Modern Family' Helps Move Gay Rights Forward.
Now that their touring schedule is winding down, the band is looking forward to some time apart in 2012.
12th AVIATION HEADQUARTERS, Northern Kuwait — Concetta Hassan is very much the 60-year-old grandmother she appears to be, boasting about her family and looking forward to retirement.
It shows leadership and forward thinking.
Bacharach Looks Back—And Forward to a Musical.
A lawyer for the "Control" singer said late Friday that she'll "press forward" with her battle against the executors of Michael Jackson's lucrative estate - even though the negative publicity has been "relentless.
Your responses to our call for New Jersey's Worst Potholes have been forwarded to the NJDOT for repair.
Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley, top, reaches for a rebound over Monmouth forward Khalil Brown during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov 12, 2012, in South Bend, Ind.
Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) dunks the ball over New Orleans Hornets power forward Gustavo Ayon (15) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Feb 13, 2012.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes, right, shoots against Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans during the first half of their preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct.17, 2012, in Los Angeles.
FILE-This Nov 29, 2011 file photo shows Baylor forward Perry Jones III scoring in front of Prairie View A & M forward Cortney Bell in first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Waco, Texas.
BUF forward Zack Kassian and defenseman Marc Andre Gragnani to VAN for forward Cody Hodgson and defenseman Alexander Sulzer.

In science:

Besides a good and healthy competitiveness in the field, it has been a field, as it is demonstrated by organizing this conference, which moves forward in unison to clarify debates rather than allow them to linger for many years, helping it to move forward to explore interesting new physics.
Spin-Hall effect: Back to the Beginning on a Higher Level
We find the following results: (1) If the x-ray flares originate inside the forward shock radius, e.g. from central engine activity, the IC emission due to the X-ray flares overlapping with the forward shock electrons can produce GeV-TeV flares.
GeV-TeV and X-ray flares from gamma-ray bursts
Another event sample, called the ’2+forward jet’ sample, is selected by requiring that, in addition to the forward jet, at least two more jets are found, all of them having pt,jet larger than 6 GeV.
Small x Phenomenology - summary of the 3rd Lund Small x Workshop in 2004
Comparisons of the inclusive forward jet cross sections with the DISENT predictions for a di-jet final state are adequate, since the forward jet events always contain at least one additional jet due to the kinematics.
Small x Phenomenology - summary of the 3rd Lund Small x Workshop in 2004
The cross section for events with a reconstructed high transverse momentum di-jet system and a forward jet as a function of the rapidity separation between the forward jet and the most forward-going additional jet, ∆η2 as measured by H1 [260].
Small x Phenomenology - summary of the 3rd Lund Small x Workshop in 2004