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Forward vs. Onward

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  • Forward (adjective)

    Toward the front or at the front.

    "The fire was confined to the forward portion of the store."

    "the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet"

  • Forward (adjective)

    Without customary restraint or modesty; bold, cheeky, pert, presumptuous or pushy.

    "1999: "Would you think it forward of me to kiss you?" asked Tristran. — Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pg. 44 (2001 Perennial paperback edition)."

  • Forward (adjective)

    Expected in the future.

    "The stock price is currently 12 times forward earnings."

  • Forward (adjective)

    Ready; prompt; ardently inclined; in a bad sense, eager or hasty.

  • Forward (adjective)

    Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season; precocious.

    "The grass is forward, or forward for the season. We have a forward spring."

  • Forward (adverb)

    Towards the front or from the front.

    "The bus driver told everyone standing up to move forward."

  • Forward (adverb)

    In the usual direction of travel.

    "After spending an hour stuck in the mud, we could once again move forward."

  • Forward (adverb)

    Into the future.

    "From this day forward, there will be no more brussels sprouts at the cafeteria."

  • Forward (verb)

    To advance, promote.

  • Forward (verb)

    To send (a letter, email etc.) to a third party.

    "I'll be glad to forward your mail to you while you're gone."

  • Forward (noun)

    One of the eight players (comprising two props, one hooker, two locks, two flankers and one number eight, collectively known as the pack) whose primary task is to gain and maintain possession of the ball (compare back).

  • Forward (noun)

    A player on a team in football (soccer) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals.

  • Forward (noun)

    An umbrella term for a centre or winger in ice hockey.

  • Forward (noun)

    The small forward or power forward position; two frontcourt positions that are taller than guards but shorter than centers.

  • Forward (noun)

    The front part of a vessel.

  • Forward (noun)

    An e-mail message that is forwarded to another recipient or recipients; an electronic chain letter.

  • Forward (noun)

    Agreement; covenant.

  • Forward (noun)

    misconstruction of foreword||preface or introduction

  • Onward (adjective)

    Moving forward.

    "There was an onward rush as the gates opened."

  • Onward (adjective)

    Advanced in a forward direction or toward an end.

  • Onward (adverb)

    In a forward direction.

    "year=1871|lyricist=Sabine Baring-Gould|title=Onward, Christian Soldiers|passage=Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war..."

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  • Forward (adverb)

    in the direction that one is facing or travelling; towards the front

    "he started up the engine and the car moved forward"

    "Rory leaned forward over the table"

  • Forward (adverb)

    in or towards the bow or nose of a ship or aircraft.

  • Forward (adverb)

    in the normal order or sequence

    "the number was the same backwards as forwards"

  • Forward (adverb)

    onward so as to make progress

    "the signing of the treaty is a big step forward"

  • Forward (adverb)

    into a position of prominence or notice

    "he is pushing forward a political ally"

  • Forward (adverb)

    towards the future; ahead in time

    "looking forward, earnings are expected to hit £7.2 billion"

  • Forward (adverb)

    to an earlier time

    "the special issue has been moved forward to November"

  • Forward (adjective)

    directed or facing towards the front or the direction that one is facing or travelling

    "the pilot's forward view"

    "forward flight"

  • Forward (adjective)

    positioned near the enemy lines

    "troops moved to the forward areas"

  • Forward (adjective)

    situated in or towards the bow or nose of a ship or aircraft

    "the forward cargo doors"

    "the crew's cabin is forward"

  • Forward (adjective)

    (of a voltage applied to a semiconductor junction) in the direction which allows significant current to flow.

  • Forward (adjective)

    relating to the future

    "a twelve-month forward forecast"

  • Forward (adjective)

    progressing towards a successful conclusion

    "the decision is a forward step"

  • Forward (adjective)

    further advanced than expected or required

    "an alarmingly forward yet painfully vulnerable child"

  • Forward (adjective)

    (of a person) bold or overfamiliar in manner

    "I am not usually a forward sort of person"

  • Forward (noun)

    an attacking player in football, hockey, or other sports.

  • Forward (noun)

    agreements to trade specified assets, typically currency, at a specified price at a certain future date.

  • Forward (verb)

    send (a letter or email) on to a further destination

    "I recently received an email forwarded from a friend"

    "my emails were forwarded to a friend"

  • Forward (verb)

    dispatch or send (a document or goods)

    "we will forward the parcels to you anywhere in the world"

  • Forward (verb)

    help to advance (something); promote

    "the scientists are forwarding the development of biotechnology"

  • Onward (adverb)

    in a continuing forward direction; ahead

    "she stumbled onward"

  • Onward (adverb)

    forward in time

    "the period from 1969 onward"

  • Onward (adverb)

    so as to make progress or become more successful

    "the business moved onward and upward"

  • Onward (adjective)

    (of a journey) continuing or moving forward

    "informing passengers where to change for their onward journey"

    "the onward march of history"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Forward (noun)

    An agreement; a covenant; a promise.

  • Forward (adverb)

    Toward a part or place before or in front; onward; in advance; progressively; - opposed to backward.

  • Forward (adjective)

    Near, or at the fore part; in advance of something else; as, the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet.

  • Forward (adjective)

    Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense, overready; too hasty.

  • Forward (adjective)

    Ardent; eager; earnest; in an ill sense, less reserved or modest than is proper; bold; confident; as, the boy is too forward for his years.

  • Forward (adjective)

    Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season; as, the grass is forward, or forward for the season; we have a forward spring.

  • Forward

    To help onward; to advance; to promote; to accelerate; to quicken; to hasten; as, to forward the growth of a plant; to forward one in improvement.

  • Forward

    To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to forward a letter.

  • Onward (adjective)

    Moving in a forward direction; tending toward a contemplated or desirable end; forward; as, an onward course, progress, etc.

  • Onward (adjective)

    Advanced in a forward direction or toward an end.

  • Onward (adverb)

    Toward a point before or in front; forward; progressively; as, to move onward.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Forward (noun)

    the person who plays the position of forward on a basketball team

  • Forward (noun)

    a position on a basketball team

  • Forward (verb)

    send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit;

    "forward my mail"

  • Forward (adjective)

    at or near or directed toward the front;

    "the forward section of the aircraft"

    "a forward plunge down the stairs"

    "forward motion"

  • Forward (adjective)

    moving toward a position ahead;

    "forward motion"

    "the onward course of events"

  • Forward (adjective)

    used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty;

    "a forward child badly in need of discipline"

  • Forward (adjective)

    of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle;

    "in a forward gear"

  • Forward (adjective)

    moving forward

  • Forward (adjective)

    situated at or toward the front;

    "the fore cabins"

    "the forward part of the ship"

  • Forward (adjective)

    situated in the front;

    "the forward section of the aircraft"

  • Forward (adverb)

    at or to or toward the front;

    "he faced forward"

    "step forward"

    "she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine"

  • Forward (adverb)

    forward in time or order or degree;

    "from that time forth"

    "from the sixth century onward"

  • Forward (adverb)

    toward the future; forward in time;

    "I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring"

    "I look forward to seeing you"

  • Forward (adverb)

    in a forward direction;

    "go ahead"

    "the train moved ahead slowly"

    "the boat lurched ahead"

    "moved onward into the forest"

    "they went slowly forward in the mud"

  • Forward (adverb)

    near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane;

    "the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments"

  • Onward (adjective)

    moving toward a position ahead;

    "forward motion"

    "the onward course of events"

  • Onward (adverb)

    forward in time or order or degree;

    "from that time forth"

    "from the sixth century onward"

  • Onward (adverb)

    in a forward direction;

    "go ahead"

    "the train moved ahead slowly"

    "the boat lurched ahead"

    "moved onward into the forest"

    "they went slowly forward in the mud"

Princeton's WordNet

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