Definition of fast forward in English:

fast forward


  • 1A control on a tape or video player for advancing the tape rapidly.

    [as modifier] ‘the fast-forward button’
    • ‘When we looked at the videotape later, Dad hit the fast-forward button to skip through the meal.’
    • ‘Next is the fast forward / rewind rocker switch and menu buttons that are used for navigation and setup features.’
    • ‘There are no standard fast-forward, rewind and play/pause buttons.’
    • ‘It doesn't delete the commercial, the commercial's still there in the recording, just like it is in the VCR case, but the users automatically jump over it instead of having to push the fast forward button.’
    • ‘He then suffered through close to a hundred films on VHS and DVD, using the fast-forward and cue controls as often as possible, to locate said sequences.’
    • ‘Rather than speed forward or backward, the fast-forward button advanced the playback by five seconds, and the rewind button didn't do anything at all.’
    • ‘The TiVo remote works because my fingers can feel around the rewind/pause/fast-forward buttons.’
    • ‘On top of the usual fast forward, rewind, pause, play, stop functions that your VCR has, most Video on Demand systems allow you to skip ahead or skip back.’
    • ‘The fast forward function allows me to move through the program at mind blowing speeds avoiding any soppy pieces or annoying chat scenes so I can get to the really interesting parts of the shows at warp speed.’
    • ‘Below the screen is the nifty touch-sensitive Click Wheel with select, play, fast forward and rewind controls.’
    • ‘Here in New Zealand we are lucky because our VCRs have a fast-forward button we can use to skip the ads.’
    • ‘It will give viewers the ability to stop, rewind and fast forward shows and tape one while watching another.’
    • ‘The main controls - volume up and down, fast forward, rewind, stop and play/pause buttons - sit on the front under the four-line display and microphone.’
    • ‘Sega has also added new function pads - play, rewind, fast-forward and stop - that trigger and move parts of levels when rolled over resulting in an improved element of strategy in-game.’
    • ‘The round touch pad used to scroll through song lists now sports the stop/start, fast forward, reverse and menu buttons that were placed between the screen and this wheel.’
    • ‘Navigation is accomplished via the fast forward / rewind rocker switch and the play/pause button for selection.’
    • ‘The PVR allows viewers to ‘time shift’ - to watch a program when they want to rather than when it's scheduled - and to skip commercials at the press of a fast-forward button.’
    1. 1.1 A facility for cueing audio equipment by allowing the tape to be played at high speed and stopped when the desired place is reached.


  • 1 Advance (a tape) rapidly, sometimes while simultaneously playing it at high speed.

    • ‘I fast-forwarded through parts of this one, and didn't miss anything.’
    • ‘And you don't have to spend half an hour fast-forwarding and rewinding to find just that one bit in the film you want to see.’
    • ‘With many DVD's, this feature cannot be fast-forwarded so we have to suffer in silence for what seems aeons.’
    • ‘After the film ended, I fast-forwarded past the end credits, planning to return to the menu to see if there were any special features.’
    • ‘Viewers can then skip commercials and pause, rewind or fast-forward programs.’
    • ‘They fast-forward the tape and images of their grandchildren fill the room.’
    • ‘In addition, ads embedded with special ‘tags’ will pop up as small pictures, sporting branded logos, even when users are fast-forwarding though commercials.’
    • ‘This mellow track peppered with a lot of interesting instruments can be fast-forwarded on your tape, because the next one is addictive.’
    • ‘I fast-forwarded through the show and it was such a brief cameo that I missed it during the first viewing.’
    • ‘That's much higher than the 15.6 percent of VCR users who fast-forward a tape to avoid commercials.’
    • ‘Twenty minutes later while the tape was being fast-forwarded on a more accelerated speed, he saw the same black-cloaked figure stop at Elaine's door.’
    • ‘I actually don't like fast-forwarding through them.’
    • ‘Because once they have access to recorded programming, couch potatoes can fast forward through commercials using a feature on the TiVo remote control.’
    • ‘Then you'll be able to tell what's on those beautiful CD and DVD discs without having to fast-forward each one.’
    • ‘Jim fast-forwarded the tape, watching for the point when the snow would clear.’
    • ‘For those who are using DVRs, the group estimates that 80 percent view recorded programming, and 65 percent to 70 percent are fast-forwarding advertisements.’
    • ‘He fast-forwarded the tape to her next apparatus, the bars.’
    • ‘For a vision of the future, fast-forward your video of last Sunday's semi-final to the hour mark.’
    • ‘I've been assured that that part of the experience can be watched, if I'd like to see it; it's simply a matter of fast-forwarding the tape a bit farther than I've already watched.’
    • ‘I love my PVR for letting me fast-forward through ads - and I mean fast.’
    • ‘They can pause or fast-forward live conversations, for example, allowing wearers to listen to two conversations at once.’
    • ‘So, upon fast-forwarding through the Billboard Music Awards, this is what I noticed.’
    1. 1.1[no object] Move speedily forward in time when considering or dealing with something over a period.
      ‘the text fast-forwards to 1990’
      • ‘He fast-forwards to the Renaissance, when many people believed in the existence of a lost, ancient Egyptian book, the Corpus Hermeticum, offering the key to astrology, alchemy and magic.’
      • ‘Next, the action fast-forwards to California in the 1970s.’
      • ‘He then fast-forwards to the present when a new poetics reclaims the impulse of the earlier avant-garde.’
      • ‘And for some reason, the prosecution fast-forwarded through the conversations.’
      • ‘He fast-forwards through his first 10 years on the planet.’


fast forward

/fast ˈfôrwərd/