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1backward

adverb back·ward \ˈbak-wərd\

: toward the back : to or toward what is behind

: opposite to the usual way : in reverse

: toward the past

Full Definition of BACKWARD

1
a :  toward the back
b :  with the back foremost
2
a :  in a reverse or contrary direction or way
b :  toward the past
c :  toward a worse state
bend over backward or lean over backward
:  to make extreme efforts (as at concession)

Variants of BACKWARD

back·ward or back·wards \-wərdz\
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Examples of BACKWARD

  1. a sudden movement backward, not forward
  2. I heard a noise behind me and glanced backward.
  3. He pushed the throttle backward.
  4. She took a small step backward.
  5. a journey backward in time
  6. The narrative moves backward and forward in time.

First Known Use of BACKWARD

14th century

Related to BACKWARD

2backward

adjective

: directed or turned toward the back

: done backward

: behind others : not as advanced as others in learning or development

Full Definition of BACKWARD

1
a :  directed or turned backward
b :  done or executed backward
2
:  diffident, shy
3
:  retarded in development
back·ward·ly adverb
back·ward·ness noun

Examples of BACKWARD

  1. a technologically backward village that has no running water
  2. <a backward turn on ice skates is hard to learn because you can't see where you're going>

First Known Use of BACKWARD

14th century

Related to BACKWARD

3backward

noun

Definition of BACKWARD

:  the part behind or past

First Known Use of BACKWARD

1610
BACKWARD Defined for Kids

1backward

adverb back·ward \ˈbak-wərd\

Definition of BACKWARD for Kids

1
:  toward the back <look backward>
2
:  with the back first <ride backward>
3
:  opposite to the usual way <count backward>

Variants of BACKWARD

back·ward or back·wards \-wərdz\

2backward

adjective

Definition of BACKWARD for Kids

1
:  turned toward the back <He wears a backward baseball cap.>
2
:  done backward <a backward flip>
3
:  not as advanced in learning and development as others <Perhaps the strange language made him appear more backward than he really was … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped>

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