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a. At, near, or belonging to the front or forepart; fore: the forward section of the aircraft.
b. Located ahead or in advance: kept her eye on the forward horizon.
a. Going, tending, or moving toward a position in front: a forward plunge down a flight of stairs.
b. Sports Advancing toward an opponent's goal.
c. Moving in a prescribed direction or order for normal use: forward rolling of the cassette tape.
a. Ardently inclined; eager.
b. Lacking restraint or modesty; presumptuous or bold: a forward child.
a. Being ahead of current economic, political, or technological trends; progressive: a forward concept.
b. Deviating radically from convention or tradition; extreme.
5. Exceptionally advanced; precocious.
6. Of, relating to, or done in preparation for the future: a rise in the forward price of corn.
adv. or for·wards (-wərdz)
1. Toward or tending to the front; frontward: step forward.
2. Into consideration: put forward a new proposal.
3. In or toward the future: looking forward to seeing you.
a. In the prescribed direction or sequence for normal use: rolled the tape forward.
b. In an advanced position or a configuration registering a future time: set the clock forward.
c. At or to a different time; earlier or later: moved the appointment forward, from Friday to Thursday. See Usage Note at backward.
n. Sports
1. A player in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey, who is part of the forward line of the offense.
2. The position played by such a person.
tr.v. for·ward·ed, for·ward·ing, for·wards
1. To send on to a subsequent destination or address. See Synonyms at send1.
2. To help advance; promote. See Synonyms at advance.

[Middle English, from Old English foreweard : fore-, fore- + -weard, -ward.]

for′ward·ly adv.
for′ward·ness n.
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A son of Unbridled's Song, Arrogate has been beaten on his two subsequent starts in the States, but is a general 3-1 second-favourite with British bookmakers to retain his Classic crown and pleased when exercising on Tuesday, after which Juddmonte's Garrett O'Rourke said: "Arrogate is training forwardly towards his next start in the Classic, as witnessed by his bullet workout today.
ATu well developed, bearing characteristic forwardly directed finger like processes with rounded apices.
It] is so formed that when placed on a dog's neck and fastened, it takes the form of a truncated cone with the base of the cone extending forwardly in the direction of the dog's mouth, thereby forming a barrier between the dog's mouth and any part of his body upon which he desired to chew or gnaw or to bite himself.
Maxillae dark brown with dense black scopulae, forwardly directed gray long hairs on more than half of anterior portion, distinctly longer than wide, outer lateral margin rounded without constriction, narrow basally, broad apically.
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A 17 year old male patient had reported to the department of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics, kamineni institute of dental sciences with a complaint of forwardly and irregularly placed upper and lower front teeth (Figure 1).
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Up until now, the enlightenment process, namely that of criticizing both the Church and the state, providing a dualistic opponent in respect to which a bourgeois self-awareness emerges, openly and straight forwardly threatens the existing power.
As Michael Hunzeker and Alexander Lanozska point out, forwardly deployed US soldiers and marines signal Washington has "skin in the game," and are critical to the credibility of US security guarantees.
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