Definition of fast forward in English:

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fast forward

Pronunciation: /fast ˈfôrwərd/


1A control on a tape or video player for advancing the tape rapidly: [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 and stopped when the desired place is reached.


(fast-forward) [with object]
1Advance (a tape) rapidly, sometimes while simultaneously playing it at high speed.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: fast for·ward

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