a sudden movement backward, not forward
I heard a noise behind me and glanced backward.
He pushed the throttle backward.
She took a small step backward.
a journey backward in time
The narrative moves backward and forward in time. Adjective
a technologically backward village that has no running water
a backward turn on ice skates is hard to learn because you can't see where you're going See More
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The sunsets go backward and forward like unsettled clocks.—Stav Poleg, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 Karlsen is reeling backward and falling toward a marble step behind him.—Eli Saslow Erin Schaff, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2023 The force of the crash caused her father Andy's seat to collapse backward, colliding with Taylor, who was strapped in her car seat.—Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2023 Authorities determined that Kessler fell backward and hit his head on the ground during the altercation.—Justine McDaniel, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Of course, that’s not the only way the Think Chair adjusts; the seat height moves up and down smoothly, the armrests can pivot or be moved forward or backward, and the backrest recline is easily adjusted with a knob.—Sarah Bradley, Verywell Health, 16 Nov. 2023 The main safety admonitions are to never drive backward on the course, and never stop on the course, because another vehicle might be ripping by at top speed 30 seconds later.—Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 William placed his tribute, took a few steps backward and made a salute with his white-gloved hand.—Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 Stalter sat backward in a chair before diving into her own remix of the lyrics.—Vulture, 11 Nov. 2023
However, one of the three red giants surprised them: Its mixed-mode signal was backward.—WIRED, 26 Nov. 2023 This interpretation of the situation is entirely backward.—Matthew Continetti, National Review, 3 Nov. 2023 Xbox fans will now be hoping that Microsoft is taking its time readying one last surprise backward compatibility drop to bring some older Activision classics back to modern hardware.—Tom Warren, The Verge, 17 Oct. 2023 Afterward, a student guide wearing a backward baseball cap gave Julien and two other newcomers a tour.—Trip Gabriel Hilary Swift, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2023 In all, the Chargers’ sacks pushed the Jets backward 57 yards.—Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Ferrell was certainly dressed for the occasion, with his headphones worn on top of his backward USC red cap.—Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 8 Oct. 2023 Lineman’s dream The 3-yard touchdown Oregon State left tackle Joshua Gray scored in the second quarter on a backward pass from quarterback DJ Uiagalelei marked the first time since 1996 that a Beavers lineman scored a rushing touchdown.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 But is this movement a defiant act of self-actualization or a backward slide into patriarchal norms?—Stephanie McNeal, Glamour, 2 Nov. 2023
Then laughs from the back of the room while Paul sat with his hat on backward, chin up and a slight smirk.—Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 19 Apr. 2023 Complete 20 shoulder rolls—10 forward and 10 backward—to ease soreness and stiffness in the neck and shoulder area.—Mara Santilli, SELF, 11 Jan. 2023 Until Young flailed backward and officials whistled Doncic, again.—Dallas News, 6 Feb. 2022 The miniature snake-in-a-backward-baseball-cap Yahama Ami.—Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 26 Nov. 2022 Seconds later, the recording shows the mountain lion pounce from behind and wrest Piper backward.—Susanne Ruststaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Pullease then turns and grabs the officer by the neck while pushing her backward, the edited video released by the department shows.—Melissa Alonso, CNN, 25 July 2022 When a claim is more general (e.g., a claim such as suppliers involved in making the garment treat their workers well), it can be ascertained through traceability data after it’s been produced (product-backward).—Madhava Venkatesh Raghavan, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Lead actor winner Adrien Brody bounded onstage, grabbed Berry — who was presenting the award — and bent her backward, delivering a deep smooch to the stunned actress.—Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 See More
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