fast-forward

noun, often attributive
fast-for·​ward | \ ˌfas(t)-ˈfȯr-wərd How to pronounce fast-forward (audio) \

Definition of fast-forward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

fast-forward

verb
fast-forwarded; fast-forwarding; fast-forwards

Definition of fast-forward (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to advance (a magnetic tape) using the fast-forward of a tape player
2 : to bypass (something, such 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

Noun

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1965, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Fast-forward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fast-forward. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for fast-forward

fast-forward

verb
fast-for·​ward | \ ˌfast-ˈfȯr-wərd \
fast-forwarded; fast-forwarding

Kids Definition of fast-forward

: to advance a recording (as of music or video) at a faster rate than normal

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