a short introduction to a book, typically by a person other than the author.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from fore- + word, on the pattern of German Vorwort .
he wrote the foreword to one of her books: preface, introduction, prologue, preamble; informal intro, lead-in; formal exordium, prolegomenon, proem. ANTONYMS conclusion.
adverb (also forwards )
1 toward the front; in the direction that one is facing or traveling: he started up the engine and the car moved forward | Lori leaned forward over the table.
• in, near, or toward the bow or nose of a ship or aircraft.
• in the normal order or sequence: the number was the same backward as forward.
2 onward so as to make progress; toward a successful conclusion: there's no way forward for the relationship.
• into a position of prominence or notice: he is pushing forward a political ally.
3 toward the future; ahead in time: from that day forward, the assembly was at odds with us.
• to an earlier time: the special issue has been moved forward to winter.