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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).
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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]
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(on a recording device or projector) to advance a tape or film rapidly using a function of the device.
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Past participle: fast-forwarded
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