fast-forward


1fast–for·ward

noun, often attributive \ˌfas(t)-ˈfr-wərd\

: a function that causes a recording (such as a videotape) to go forward at a speed that is faster than normal

: a state in which something is quickly developing or progressing

Full Definition of FAST-FORWARD

1
:  a function of an electronic device that advances a recording at a higher than normal speed
2
:  a state or an instance of rapid advancement <put her career in fast-forward>

First Known Use of FAST-FORWARD

1948

2fast–forward

verb

: to cause (a recording) to go forward at a speed that is faster than normal

: to move forward through time quickly

Full Definition of FAST-FORWARD

transitive verb
1
:  to advance (a magnetic tape) using the fast-forward of a tape player
2
:  to bypass (as a commercial) by fast-forwarding
intransitive verb
1
:  to advance a magnetic tape using the fast-forward
2
:  to proceed rapidly forward especially in time <fast–forward to the future>

First Known Use of FAST-FORWARD

1974

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