Definition of fast forward in English:

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fast forward

Pronunciation: /ˌfɑːst ˈfɔːwəd/


1A control on a tape or video recorder for winding the tape forward rapidly: she played the fast forward so the figures jerked about wildly [as modifier]: the fast-forward button
More example sentences
  • 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 during fast-forward wind and stopped at the desired place.


1 (fast-forward) [with object] Wind (a tape) forward rapidly: people avoid commercial breaks by fast-forwarding material recorded off-air
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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: 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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