The fast forward button.
An example of fast forward is when you press the button on your remote to jump ahead so you do not have to watch commercials.
- the setting on an electronic playback device, allowing the user to skip portions and advance at an accelerated speed to a later section of a disc, tape, etc.
- the act or condition of speeding up and advancing
nounor fast forward
- A control mechanism on an audio or video player that permits rapid advancement of a recording.
- The state of being in rapid advancement or progression, as of a film or a sequence of events: “The trial was on fast forward” (Nelson DeMille).
verbfast-for·ward·ed, fast-for·ward·ing, fast-for·wards
- To advance an audio or video recording rapidly.
- To think ahead to a later time or stage in a sequence of events.
- To advance (an audio or video recording) rapidly.
- To speed up the progression of (a sequence of events).
(third-person singular simple present fast forwards, present participle fast forwarding, simple past and past participle fast forwarded)
- To cause an audio or video tape, digital media stream, etc. to move forward very fast, so that when the device is played, it will start at a later point.
- (intransitive) To be fast-forwarded; to move ahead in this fashion.
- (intransitive, figuratively, by extension) to shift one's attention or focus toward a later point in time.
(third-person singular simple present fast-forwards, present participle fast-forwarding, simple past and past participle fast-forwarded)
- Alternative spelling of fast forward.