from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made or done with the hand moving palm forward: a forehand tennis stroke.
  • adj. Obsolete Taking place, done, or given beforehand; prior.
  • n. A forehand stroke, as in tennis.
  • n. The part of a horse in front of the rider.
  • adv. With a forehand stroke or motion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a stroke in which the palm of the hand faces the direction of the stroke
  • n. a throw similar to a sidearm throw in baseball, where the disc remains on the throwing-arm side of the body and is led by the middle finger

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Done beforehand; anticipative.
  • n. All that part of a horse which is before the rider.
  • n. The chief or most important part.
  • n. Superiority; advantage; start; precedence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Done beforehand; anticipative; done or paid in advance.
  • Being ahead or in advance; front.
  • In lawn-tennis, noting a stroke made by a right-handed player when the ball is on the right side of his body, or by a left-handed player when it is on the left side.
  • n. The part of a horse which is in front of the rider.
  • n. The chief part; main dependence.
  • n. Advantage; the better.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of racket strokes) made with palm facing direction of stroke
  • n. (sports) a return made with the palm of the hand facing the direction of the stroke (as in tennis or badminton or squash)


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