I. noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1948 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
II. verb Date: 1974 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fast-forward — verb intransitive or transitive to make a video or an AUDIOCASSETTE go forward quickly: Let s fast forward through the commercials …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fast-forward — [fast′fôr′wərd] vi., vt. to advance to a later time at an accelerated speed n. FAST FORWARD …   English World dictionary

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  • Fast forward — To fast forward means to move forward through an audio or video recording at a speed faster than that at which it would usually flow. Some people use the term fasten forward instead of fast forward.To reach a certain portion of a song, a person… …   Wikipedia

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