Definitions

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

  • adv. Forward in time, place, or order; onward: from this time forth.
  • adv. Out into view: A stranger came forth from the crowd; put my ideas forth.
  • adv. Obsolete Away from a specified place; abroad.
  • prep. Archaic Out of; forth from.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Forward in time, place or degree.
  • adv. Out into view.
  • adv. From a particular place or position.
  • adj. Common misspelling of fourth.
  • n. Common misspelling of fourth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. Forward; onward in time, place, or order; in advance from a given point; on to end
  • v. Out, as from a state of concealment, retirement, confinement, nondevelopment, or the like; out into notice or view.
  • v. Beyond a (certain) boundary; away; abroad; out.
  • v. Throughly; from beginning to end.
  • prep. Forth from; out of.
  • n. A way; a passage or ford.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Forward; onward or outward into space; out from concealment or inaction.
  • Onward in time or order, in progression or series: as, from that day forth; one, two, four, eight, and so forth (see below).
  • Forward or out, as by development or unfolding; into view or consideration: as, plants put forth leaves and send forth shoots in spring; to bring forth sound arguments.
  • Away, as from a place or country; out; abroad: now always followed by from, but formerly sometimes used absolutely or followed by of: as, to go forth from one's home; to send a traitor forth from his country.
  • Thoroughly; from beginning to end.
  • [Forth was formerly used intensively to strengthen some adverbs and prepositions, without real addition of meaning: as, far-forth, beneath-forth, within-forth, with-forth.]
  • See the verbs.
  • Out of; forth from.
  • To forward; further; accomplish.
  • n. A common Middle English form of ford.

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

  • adv. forward in time or order or degree
  • adv. out into view
  • adv. from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)
  • n. a river in southern Scotland that flows eastward to the Firth of Forth

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English forþ. (Wiktionary)
From fourth - compare forty (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "As the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it (_the earth_) bring forth and bud (_not first bud, bear seed, and then bring forth_), that it (_the earth_) may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater (_man being the only sower of seed and eater of bread_): so shall my Word be (_the Word of

    Life: Its True Genesis

  • So when this came along, I put her name forth immediately.

    NYT > Global Home

  • There is, then, a body symbolism, an idiom of individual appearances and gestures that tends to call forth in the actor what it calls forth in the others, the others drawn from those, and only those, who are immediately present.1

    Behavior in Public Places

  • We are old enough to remember its first appearance; the eager curiosity and keen discussion which it awakened; the criticism which it called forth; and, above all, the animated delight with which it was received by all who were young or not critical.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862

  • What music can give is the emotional mood which it calls forth, and which may be common to many objects very different in their external character.

    Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde"; an essay on the Wagnerian drama

  • If nursing practice is viewed as the implementation of scientific facts and what they call forth in the nursing situation related to man's condition of existence, is a heuristic science of nursing developed from this situation, by nurses, an appropriate practical professional aim?

    Humanistic Nursing

  • Phrases are often repeated in the ballads, just as in the talk of the common man, for the sake of emphasis, but there is neither complexity of plot or characterization nor attempt at decorative literary adornment -- the story and the emotion which it calls forth are all in all.

    A History of English Literature

  • Yet—such was the peculiar character of the man, and such the intensity of the feelings which he called forth—at this very moment, at the height of his popularity, he was distrusted and loathed; already an unparalleled animosity was gathering its forces against him.

    The End of General Gordon: Paras. 31-66

  • This, notwithstanding the dash of falsehood which may exist in “Werter” itself, and the boundless delirium of extravagance which it called forth in others, is a high praise which cannot justly be denied it.

    Criticism and Interpretation. By Thomas Carlyle

  • The nerve vibrations are there, certainly, but they get no further than the nerves, because the corresponding vibrations of the spirit which they call forth are too weak.

    Concerning the Spiritual in Art

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