Definition of fast forward in English:

fast forward

Syllabification: fast for·ward


  • 1A control on a tape or video player for advancing the tape rapidly: [as modifier]: the fast-forward button
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    • Below the screen is the nifty touch-sensitive Click Wheel with select, play, fast forward and rewind controls.
    • Navigation is accomplished via the fast forward / rewind rocker switch and the play/pause button for selection.
    • Next is the fast forward / rewind rocker switch and menu buttons that are used for navigation and setup features.
  • 1.1A facility for cueing audio equipment by allowing the tape to be played at high speed and stopped when the desired place is reached.


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  • 1Advance (a tape) rapidly, sometimes while simultaneously playing it at high speed.
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    • That's much higher than the 15.6 percent of VCR users who fast-forward a tape to avoid commercials.
    • I've been assured that that part of the experience can be watched, if I'd like to see it; it's simply a matter of fast-forwarding the tape a bit farther than I've already watched.
    • He fast-forwarded the tape to her next apparatus, the bars.
  • 1.1 [no object] Move speedily forward in time when considering or dealing with something over a period: the text fast-forwards to 1990
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    • Next, the action fast-forwards to California in the 1970s.
    • He fast-forwards through his first 10 years on the planet.
    • He then fast-forwards to the present when a new poetics reclaims the impulse of the earlier avant-garde.

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