What does forth mean?

Definitions for forth
fɔrθ, foʊrθforth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Forth, Forth Riveradverb

    a river in southern Scotland that flows eastward to the Firth of Forth

  2. away, off, forthadverb

    from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)

    "ran away from the lion"; "wanted to get away from there"; "sent the children away to boarding school"; "the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal"; "went off to school"; "they drove off"; "go forth and preach"

  3. forth, forward, onwardadverb

    forward in time or order or degree

    "from that time forth"; "from the sixth century onward"

  4. forthadverb

    out into view

    "came forth from the crowd"; "put my ideas forth"


  1. Forthnoun

    A river in Scotland that flows for about 47 km (29 miles) from The Trossachs through Stirling to the Firth of Forth on the North Sea.

  2. Forthnoun

    A high level (FOuRTH generation) programming language.

  3. Etymology: From fourth - compare forty

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ferth or forth

    Common terminations are the same as in English an army; coming from the Saxon word fyrð. Gibson.

  2. FORTHadverb

    whence further and furthest.

    Etymology: fowð forð Saxon;

    From that day forth I lov’d that face divine;
    From that day forth I cast in careful mind
    To seek her out. Fairy Queen, b. i. cant. 9.

    Look at the second admonition, and so forth, where they speak in most unchristian manner. John Whitgift.

    Mad Pandarus steps forth, with vengeance vow’d
    For Bitias’ death. John Dryden, Æn.

    Uncle, I must come forth. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    I have no mind of feasting forth to-night. William Shakespeare.

    Attend you here the door of our stern daughter?
    Will she not forth? William Shakespeare.

    When Winter past, and Summer scarce begun,
    Invites them forth to labour in the sun. John Dryden, Virg. Æn.

    They will privily relieve their friends that are forth; they will send the enemy secret advertisements; and they will not also stick to draw the enemy privily upon them. Edmund Spenser.

    Even that sunshine brew’d a show’r for him,
    That wash’d his father’s fortunes forth of France. William Shakespeare.

    You may set forth the same with farmhouses. Henry Peacham.

    But when your troubled country call’d you forth,
    Your flaming courage, and your matchless worth,
    To fierce contention gave a prosp’rous end. Edmund Waller.

    You, cousin,
    Whom it concerns to hear this matter forth,
    Do with your injuries as seems you best. William Shakespeare.

    Hence we learn, how far forth we may expect justification and salvation from the sufferings of Christ; no further than we are wrought on by his renewing grace. Henry Hammond.

    I repeated the Ave Maria: the inquisitor bad me say forth; I said I was taught no more. John Strype, Memoir in.

  3. Forthprop.

    Out of.

    And here’s a prophet, that I brought with me
    From forth the streets of Pomfret. William Shakespeare.

    Some forth their cabbins peep,
    And trembling ask what news, and do hear so
    As jealous husbands, what they would not know. John Donne.


  1. forth

    Forth is a procedural, stack-oriented programming language and interactive environment designed by Charles H. "Chuck" Moore and first used by other programmers in 1970. Although not an acronym, the language's name in its early years was often spelled in all capital letters as FORTH. The FORTH-79 and FORTH-83 implementations, which were not written by Moore, became de facto standards, and an official standardization of the language was published in 1994 as ANS Forth. A wide range of Forth derivatives existed before and after ANS Forth. Forth typically combines a compiler with an integrated command shell, where the user interacts via subroutines called words. Words can be defined, tested, redefined, and debugged without recompiling or restarting the whole program. All syntactic elements, including variables and basic operators, are defined as words. A stack is used to pass parameters between words, leading to a Reverse Polish Notation style. For much of Forth's existence, the standard technique was to compile to threaded code, which can be interpreted faster than bytecode. One of the early benefits of Forth was size: an entire development environment—including compiler, editor, and user programs—could fit in memory on an 8-bit or similarly limited system. No longer constrained by space, there are modern implementations that generate optimized machine code like other language compilers. Forth is used in the Open Firmware boot loader, in space applications such as the Philae spacecraft, and in other embedded systems which involve interaction with hardware. The relative simplicity of creating a basic Forth system has led to many personal and proprietary variants, such as the custom Forth used to implement the bestselling 1986 video game Starflight from Electronic Arts. The free software Gforth implementation is actively maintained, as are several commercially supported systems. Moore later developed a series of microprocessors for executing compiled Forth-like code directly and experimented with smaller languages based on Forth concepts, including cmForth and colorForth.


  1. forth

    Forth is an adverb which primarily means moving forward or onward, either in a physical sense or in terms of progress or development. It can also refer to a more specific direction, such as moving "outwards" from a point or location. In a less physical sense, it can imply moving forward in time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forthadverb

    forward; onward in time, place, or order; in advance from a given point; on to end; as, from that day forth; one, two, three, and so forth

  2. Forthadverb

    out, as from a state of concealment, retirement, confinement, nondevelopment, or the like; out into notice or view; as, the plants in spring put forth leaves

  3. Forthadverb

    beyond a (certain) boundary; away; abroad; out

  4. Forthadverb

    throughly; from beginning to end

  5. Forth

    forth from; out of

  6. Forthnoun

    a way; a passage or ford

  7. Etymology: [OE., a ford. 78. See Frith.]


  1. Forth

    Forth is an imperative stack-based computer programming language and programming environment. Language features include structured programming, reflection, concatenative programming and extensibility. Although not an acronym, the language's name is sometimes spelled with all capital letters as FORTH, following the customary usage during its earlier years. A procedural programming language without type checking, Forth features both interactive execution of commands and the ability to compile sequences of commands for later execution. Some Forth implementations compile threaded code, but many implementations today generate optimized machine code like other language compilers. Although not as popular as other programming systems, Forth has enough support to keep several language vendors and contractors in business. Forth is currently used in boot loaders such as Open Firmware, space applications, and other embedded systems. Gforth, an implementation of Forth by the GNU Project, is actively maintained, with its most recent release on February 25, 2013. The 1994 standard is currently undergoing revision, provisionally titled Forth 200x.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forth

    fōrth, adv. before or forward in place or order: in advance: onward in time: (Shak.) completely, outright: abroad: (B.) out.—prep. (Shak.) out of, forth from.—v.i. Forth′come, to come forth.—adj. Forth′coming, just coming forth: about to appear.—ns. Forth′going, a going forth: a proceeding out; Forth′-iss′uing, coming forth; Forth′-put′ting, action of putting forth: (U.S.) forwardness.—adj. forward.—adv. Forth′right, straightforward.—n. (Shak.) a straight path.—adj. straightforward: honest.—adv. Forthwith′, immediately.—And so forth, and so on, and more besides. [A.S. forthfore, before; Dut. voort, Ger. fort.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Forth

    a river of Scotland, formed by the junction of Duchray Water and the Avondhu, streams which rise one on Ben Lomond and the other on Ben Venue, and which, after 14 and 9 m., unite at Aberfoyle; the river thence flows with many windings, called Links, through some of the fairest country of the eastern lowlands to Alloa (51½ m.), where begins the Firth, which stretches 51 m. to the German Ocean, and which at Queensferry is spanned by a massive railway bridge known as the Forth Bridge (1882-1890).

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. forth

    An inlet of the sea.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. forth

    The ancient name for ford.

Suggested Resources

  1. Forth

    Forth vs. Fourth -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Forth and Fourth.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FORTH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Forth is ranked #17104 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Forth surname appeared 1,659 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Forth.

    87.9% or 1,459 total occurrences were White.
    6.6% or 110 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 41 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forth' in Adverbs Frequency: #377

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forth in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of forth in a Sentence

  1. Rick Meckler:

    The market has been in a back-and-forth motion for the last couple of weeks, caught between the potential for rising interest rates and its impact on the dollar and the feeling by investors that the economy is gaining some strength.

  2. Hiro Murai:

    Atlanta. those were the two things he pitched me, and from that, and from the way he was kind of miming the dance moves, we abstractly started bouncing the ball back and forth.

  3. Justin Bartek:

    We go back and forth from trying to stay in the area or starting a new life in another town or out of state, it's really a tough call because we've been here for so long.

  4. Kirstjen Nielsen:

    The ports of entry for those seeking asylum have been blocked, i went out there yesterday with a group of six other members of Congress. We saw the border guard standing there checking papers and only letting those across the bridge who already had visas to come into the United States, or American passports and so forth. They were blocking those who didn't have papers, who would be asserting themselves for asylum. So they're essentially forcing people to cross the border illegally or leave them stranded( on the) very dangerous Mexican side of the border.

  5. Koji Fukaya:

    In terms of dollar/yen, it has been led back and forth by equities - particularly the impact of Chinese shares on Japanese stocks, the correlation might last a few weeks, depending on what Chinese authorities further do to shore up stocks, macroeconomic data, and performance by U.S. equities. We are not at a full blown financial crisis, so that is preventing many participants from going long outright on the yen.

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