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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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Though I could not but suspect, I was still surprised to discover that they were a mass of correspondence - daily almost, it must have been - from Linton Heathcliff: answers to documents forwarded by her.
And I then understood for whom those millions were destined which were forwarded by Captain Nemo when the Nautilus was cruising in the waters of Crete.
He had managed to embark on the Rangoon at Calcutta without being seen by Passepartout, after leaving orders that, if the warrant should arrive, it should be forwarded to him at Hong Kong; and he hoped to conceal his presence to the end of the voyage.
The order of imprisonment came from high authority, and the order for his liberation must proceed from the same source; and, as Napoleon has scarcely been reinstated a fortnight, the letters have not yet been forwarded.
Miss Darcy, on her brother's entrance, exerted herself much more to talk, and Elizabeth saw that she was anxious for his sister and herself to get acquainted, and forwarded as much as possible, every attempt at conversation on either side.