For·ward For·wards, adv. Toward a part or place before or in front; onward; in advance; progressively; -- opposed to backward.
1. 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.
2. 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. --Gal. ii. 10.
Nor do we find him forward to be sounded. --Shak.
3. 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. --T. Arnold.
4. 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. --Shak.
For·ward n. An agreement; a covenant; a promise. [Obs.]
Tell us a tale anon, as forward is. --Chaucer.
For·ward v. t. [imp. & p. p. Forwarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Forwarding.]
1. 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.
2. To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to forward a letter.
adj 1: at or near or directed toward the front; "the forward
section of the aircraft"; "a forward plunge down the
stairs"; "forward motion" [ant: backward]
2: moving toward a position ahead; "forward motion"; "the
onward course of events" [syn: onward]
3: used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or
modesty; "a forward child badly in need of discipline"
4: of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor
vehicle; "in a forward gear" [ant: reverse]
5: moving forward [syn: advancing, forward-moving]
6: situated at or toward the front; "the fore cabins"; "the
forward part of the ship"
7: situated in the front; "the forward section of the aircraft"
n 1: the person who plays the position of forward on a basketball
2: a position on a basketball team
adv 1: at or to or toward the front; "he faced forward"; "step
forward"; "she practiced sewing backward as well as
frontward on her new sewing machine"; (`forrad' and
`forrard' are dialectal variations) [syn: forwards,
frontward, frontwards, forrad, forrard] [ant:
2: forward in time or order or degree; "from that time forth";
"from the sixth century onward" [syn: forth, onward]
3: 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" [syn: ahead] [ant: back, back]
4: 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" [syn: ahead,
onward, onwards, forwards, forrader]
5: near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane; "the
captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments"
[syn: fore] [ant: aft]
v : send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in
transit; "forward my mail" [syn: send on]