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backward

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adverb back·ward \ˈbak-wərd\

Simple Definition of backward

  • : toward the back : to or toward what is behind

  • : opposite to the usual way : in reverse

  • : toward the past

Full Definition of backward

  1. 1 a :  toward the back b :  with the back foremost

  2. 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
  1. :  to make extreme efforts (as at concession)

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.



14th Century

First Known Use of backward

14th century

Variants of backward

or back·wards play \-wərdz\

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backward

adjective back·ward

Simple Definition of backward

  • : directed or turned toward the back

  • : done backward

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

Full Definition of backward

  1. 1 a :  directed or turned backward b :  done or executed backward

  2. 2 :  diffident, shy

  3. 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>



14th Century

First Known Use of backward

14th century


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backward

noun back·ward

Definition of backward

  1. :  the part behind or past



1610

First Known Use of backward

1610




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