• WordNet 3.6
    • adj forward at or near or directed toward the front "the forward section of the aircraft","a forward plunge down the stairs","forward motion"
    • adj forward of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle "in a forward gear"
    • adj forward used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty "a forward child badly in need of discipline"
    • adj forward moving forward
    • adv forward in a forward direction "go ahead","the train moved ahead slowly","the boat lurched ahead","moved onward into the forest","they went slowly forward in the mud"
    • adv forward at or to or toward the front; (`forrad' and `forrard' are dialectal variations) "he faced forward","step forward","she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine"
    • adv forward toward the future; forward in time "I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring","I look forward to seeing you"
    • adv forward forward in time or order or degree "from that time forth","from the sixth century onward"
    • adv forward near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane "the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments"
    • v forward send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit "forward my mail"
    • n forward a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
    • n forward the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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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
    • Forward Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season; as, the grass is forward, or forward for the season; we have a forward spring. "The most forward bud
      Is eaten by the canker ere it blow."
    • n Forward An agreement; a covenant; a promise. "Tell us a tale anon, as forward is."
    • Forward Ardent; eager; earnest; in an ill sense, less reserved or modest than is proper; bold; confident; as, the boy is too forward for his years. "I have known men disagreeably forward from their shyness."
    • Forward Near, or at the fore part; in advance of something else; as, the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet.
    • Forward Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense, overready; too hasty. "Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.""Nor do we find him forward to be sounded."
    • Forward To help onward; to advance; to promote; to accelerate; to quicken; to hasten; as, to forward the growth of a plant; to forward one in improvement.
    • Forward To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to forward a letter.
    • adv Forward Toward a part or place before or in front; onward; in advance; progressively; -- opposed to backward.
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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
    • forward Situated in the front or fore part; anterior; fore; directed toward some point or position in advance from the starting-point: as, a forward cabin in a ship; the forward movement of an army.
    • forward Being in a condition of advancement; well advanced with respect to progress, attainment, development (as the season), growth (as vegetation), or (rarely) position or rank: as, the building is in a forward state; he is forward in his studies; a forward crop.
    • forward Ready in action or disposition; prompt; earnest; also, in a derogatory sense, over-confident; assuming; presumptuous; pert; as, to be forward in good works; a forward chit.
    • forward Foremost.
    • forward Synonyms Willing, zealous; presuming, presumptuous, impertinent.
    • forward Toward a part, place, or point of time before or in advance; onward: with reference either to motion or to position: opposed to backward.
    • forward With advancing steps; with good progress.
    • forward Toward the terminal point.
    • forward To send forward; send toward the place of destination; transmit: as, to forward a letter or despatches.
    • forward To advance; help onward; promote; further; encourage: as, to forward the growth of a plant.
    • forward In bookbinding, to fit (a book) with back and covers, and prepare it for the finisher. Synonyms To expedite, accelerate, despatch.
    • n forward Agreement; covenant.
    • n forward In foot-ball, basket-ball, and other games, a player in the front line of the team.
    • forward In cricket, in front of the batsman's wicket: said of a fielder's position.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple, is called a tragus.
    • adj Forward for′ward near or at the forepart: in advance of something else: ready: too ready: presumptuous: officious: earnest: early ripe
    • v.t Forward to help on, to quicken: to send on
    • advs Forward towards what is before or in front: onward: progressively
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  • B. Wilberforce
    B. Wilberforce
    “Can you tell a plain man the road to heaven? Certainly, turn at once to the right, then go straight forward.”
  • Igor Sikorsky
    Igor Sikorsky
    “The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward.”
  • Paul Dickson
    Paul Dickson
    “May you look back on the past with as much pleasure as you look forward to the future.”
  • Steffi Graf
    Steffi Graf
    “I never look back, I look forward.”
  • John Osborne
    John Osborne
    “They spend their time looking forward to the past.”
  • George Eliot
    “The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. forweard, foreweard,; for, fore, + -weardes,; akin to G. vorwärts,. The s is properly a genitive ending. See For Fore, and -ward -wards
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. foreweardfore, and -weard, sig. direction. Forwards—M. E. forwardes—was orig. the gen. form (cf. Ger. vorwärts).


In literature:

The cowboy rode steadily forward.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
What orders he brought I did not learn; only my host told me that the rising to which they looked forward had been put off.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
But as I went out of the door I could see him hurrying forward.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
As the "Grigsby," obeying her engines, leaped forward, the men behind both forward guns stood ready to fire at the word.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
Peter and I were also looking out forward.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The rider was observed to grasp the long outstretched tail, and then lean forward and downward.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Mr Kydd seems busy with the one forward.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
In his ignorance he merely went forward with an increased freedom of spirit.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Pass the gun forward to me and the powder horn.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
He worked forward slowly and bravely.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

But who upon the misty path
To meet them forward press'd?
'Twas Ellen, shivering, with a babe
Close folded to her breast.
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
Be strong therefore; resume thy load,
And forward stone by stone
Go singing, though the glorious road
Thou travellest alone.
"To The Prophetic Soul" by Archibald Lampman
“Listen, now, my sweet Eliza,
If my peace be dear to thee:
Never, then, from this time forward,
Shed a single tear for me.
"Aager And Eliza (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Trust not the dangerous path again -
O forward step and lingering will!
O loved and warned in vain!
And wilt thou perish still?
"Eight Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Brighter, stronger, fairer than
When the battle first began;
Forward, then! — lead on the van;
Onward! friends of God and man!
"The Doom Of Slavery" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
"He looked forward to the mountains,
Back on foes that never spare,
Then flung him from his saddle,
And place the stranger there.
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol at the Staples Center.
(AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Derek Roy.
Orlando forward Brandon Bass dunks over Dallas forward Shawn Marion at the Amway Center on Dec 21.
Former Syracuse forward Troya Berry, left, drives to the basket against Georgetown forward Adria Crawford last season.
San Jose forward Ryane Clowe was fined $2,500 for his slash on Stars forward Stephane Robidas in Saturday's game at American Airlines Center.
In a preseason game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds allegedly directed a homophobic slur at Rangers forward Sean Avery.
Spurs forward Tim Duncan draws an offensive foul on Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani during Sunday's 111-106 win.
The NBA has fined San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson $25,000 for his hostile tweet towards Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka.
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony drives past Nets forward Gerald Wallace during Tuesday's 100-97 win.
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) and power forward Zaza Pachulia (right) in the second half at American Airlines Arena.
Horry County officials want to put their best foot forward to the area's visitors, and are moving forward with their highway beautification plans.
Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough yells at Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson during Wednesday's 96-81 win.
Kentucky Wildcats forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunked on Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel (3) during Big Blue Madness on Friday October 12, 2012 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison Staff HERALD-LEADER Buy Photo.
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh catches the ball under the basket while being guarded by Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche.
AP Photo Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko, right, shown here against the Washington Wizards' Jan Vesely in a game last season, is a fan favorite who aspires to play both forward positions.

In science:

Since we need to push forward Gaussian measures (on the spaces H 0 J (M , LN )) by linear maps that are sometimes not surjective, we shall consider the case where ∆ is positive semi-definite.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
The paraxial (parabolic) theory of a near forward scattering of a quantum charged particle by a static magnetic field is presented.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
The main purpose of this paper is to develop a scheme which allows one to study the most singular part of interaction with random magnetic field, that is the near forward scattering.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
The antisymmetric part is concentrated in the forward direction |ϕ| < ∼ ϕ0 , i.e. within the angular width of the incoming wave i.e. in the region where the scattered and incident waves cannot be separated .
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
A program of hard diffraction and very forward physics proposed for CDF in Run II requires the employment of two forward ‘MiniPlug’ calorimeters in the pseudorapidity region 3.6 < |η | < 5.2 designed to measure the energy and lateral position of both electromagnetic and hadronic showers.
The CDF MiniPlug Calorimeters