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forward

a term used in animal husbandry to mean close to, usually close to parturition, e.g. forward ewes are those close to lambing.
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We had groped our slippery way forward, and were now bailing with the frenzy of despair, when we heard the mate's terrified cry, from far aft:
A piece for the larboard side forward, would be marked thus--"L.
He reefed all sail, the pole-masts were dispensed with; all hands went forward to the bows.
The red-haired man gave a yawp of exultation and stood staggering, and as it seemed to me in serious danger of either going backwards down the companion hatchway or forwards upon his victim.
If the din meant that now his army's flags were tilted forward he was a condemned wretch.
Leaving her infant with Loretto she rushed forward and threw herself upon her brother's neck, who clasped his long-lost sister to his heart with a warmth of affection but little compatible with the reputed stoicism of the savage.
This caused additional delay; after which they continued to crawl forward at a snail's pace.
Abaft the mainmast the deck-pump was being ceaselessly worked by relays of the passengers; dry blankets were passed forward, soaking blankets were passed aft, and flung flat into the furnace one after another.
Then suddenly with a bound and a roar, they sprang forward with uplifted spears, and the regiment met in deadly strife.
And I shall look forward to your coming back with oh
So saying, he pushed forward, and, the gates being opened, he entered the stony courtyard of the Priory, his men behind him.
From the way the regimental commander saluted the commander in chief and devoured him with his eyes, drawing himself up obsequiously, and from the way he walked through the ranks behind the generals, bending forward and hardly able to restrain his jerky movements, and from the way he darted forward at every word or gesture of the commander in chief, it was evident that he performed his duty as a subordinate with even greater zeal than his duty as a commander.