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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Made with the palm of the dominant hand facing forward.
  • adjective Obsolete Taking place, done, or given beforehand; prior.
  • noun A forehand stroke or shot, as in tennis.
  • noun A position for controlling a ball or puck, in which the palm of the dominant hand faces forward.
  • noun The part of a horse in front of the rider.
  • adverb With a forehand stroke or motion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Done beforehand; anticipative; done or paid in advance.
  • Being ahead or in advance; front.
  • noun The part of a horse which is in front of the rider.
  • noun The chief part; main dependence.
  • noun Advantage; the better.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun racket sports a stroke in which the palm of the hand faces the direction of the stroke
  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of racket strokes) made with palm facing direction of stroke
  • noun (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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