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n. or fast forward
1. A control mechanism on an audio or video player that permits rapid advancement of a recording.
2. The state of being in rapid advancement or progression, as of a film or a sequence of events: "The trial was on fast forward" (Nelson DeMille).
v. fast-for·ward·ed, fast-for·ward·ing, fast-for·wards
1. To advance an audio or video recording rapidly.
2. To think ahead to a later time or stage in a sequence of events.
1. To advance (an audio or video recording) rapidly.
2. To speed up the progression of (a sequence of events).
1. (Electronics) (sometimes not hyphenated) the control on a tape deck or video recorder used to wind the tape or video forward at speed
2. informal a state of urgency or rapid progress: my mind went into fast forward.
3. (tr) to wind (a video or tape) forward using the fast-forward control
4. to deal with speedily: fast-forward the trials of the new drug.
5. (Electronics) (intr) to move forward through a tape or video using the fast-forward control
6. (usually foll by to) to direct one's attention towards a particular time or event, ignoring intervening material: fast-forward to the summer of 2008.
[C20: from the fast-forward wind control in a tape deck]
(on a recording device or projector) to advance a tape or film rapidly using a function of the device.
Past participle: fast-forwarded