rear·​ward | \ ˈrir-ˌwȯrd How to pronounce rearward (audio) \

Definition of rearward

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: rear especially : the rear division (as of an army)


rear·​ward | \ ˈrir-wərd How to pronounce rearward (audio) \

Definition of rearward (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : located at, near, or toward the rear
2 : directed toward the rear a rearward glance


rear·​ward | \ ˈrir-wərd How to pronounce rearward (audio) \
variants: or less commonly rearwards \ ˈrir-​wərdz How to pronounce rearward (audio) \

Definition of rearward (Entry 3 of 3)

: at, near, or toward the rear : backward looking rearward

Synonyms & Antonyms for rearward

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of rearward in a Sentence

Adjective the rearward section of the store got rearward quarters aboard the ship Adverb turned rearward for a moment, just for one final look at the haunting scene
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Saab played with a cab-rearward layout like a sports car but kept the footprint of a front-wheel-drive family sedan. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 14 May 2022 As part of its average-inflation-targeting strategy, the Fed somehow adopted the shortcomings of its old rearward-looking policies as an objective, pledging not to tighten policy at all until its employment objective is reached. Douglas Carr, National Review, 7 Feb. 2022 The criminal complaint noted that Potter holstered her handgun on the right side and her Taser on the left, both with their grips facing rearward. CBS News, 17 May 2021 The criminal complaint noted that Potter holstered her handgun on the right side and her Taser on the left, both with their grips facing rearward. Fox News, 17 May 2021 The criminal complaint noted that Potter holstered her handgun on the right side and her Taser on the left, both with their grips facing rearward. Amy Forliti, Star Tribune, 17 May 2021 Normal sends 60 percent of torque forward, Sport changes the balance and dispatches 70 percent rearward, and Track splits the torque equally. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 3 Dec. 2020 The electric motor assisting the BRZ's rack is mounted high up on the firewall, contributing to a slightly higher center of gravity but simultaneously shifting the front/rear weight balance a touch rearward. Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2020 Here, as an aircraft approaches supersonic speed, the nose tends to dip down as shock waves, migrating rearward as speed increases, create pressure differentials that increase lift at the back of the wing, destabilizing it. Eric Adams, Wired, 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Customers, however, complained about poor rearward visibility, and the feature was eliminated for the remaining years of C2 production. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 16 May 2022 With no trunk to impede its progress, the roofline gently swoops completely rearward, kicked up right at the end by a subtle decklid spoiler. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 12 Nov. 2021 The blind spot, ironically, is the fault of the side mirrors, which stand far off the fenders to provide a rearward look past the Aston's hips but block your view of cross traffic at intersections. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 23 June 2020 Mark spent a year fixing it up and amassing the parts required to convert the DMC-12 into a Back to the Future replica and another two years driving it around to get comfortable with the car's lack of rearward visibility. Talon Homer, Car and Driver, 14 June 2020 And the gun-slit that passes for a backlight, neatly bisected by the rear wing, make rearward vision a four-to-one bet in favor of Seth's Volare. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 18 June 2020 The system is smart enough to drop and raise the rearward quarter windows with the top. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 16 Apr. 2020 The rearward hand, and that half of his body, propelled the tool; the forward hand, on the wood, resisted. The Economist, 28 June 2019 The two engine nozzles are buried inside the tail of the aircraft, reducing its rearward radar aspect, and are shielded horizontally by the large horizontal stabilizers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Moving rearward, both the Rebel and TRD Pro employ a conventional part-time transfer case with selectable high- and low-range four-wheel-drive modes. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 20 Sep. 2021 There are also some resemblances to Porsche’s real-life Mission R concept, although the VisionGT is far and away more extreme, with massive bulges above the wheels and a roof canopy that opens rearward like a fighter jet. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2022 Acura says the center of gravity shifts 3.4 inches rearward. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 24 Sep. 2020 All that power is sent rearward through a sequential six-speed gearbox. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 23 June 2020 Another problem: When the top is raised, vision rearward through that gun-slit backlight is Thurber-esque. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 20 May 2020 When the pistol is fired, the Y drops ever so slightly (about 0.1 inch), which unlocks the little wings that then ride in slots machined into the slide, allowing the slide to move rearward under recoil and cycle the action. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, 6 Feb. 2020 When the breechblock was pulled rearward, all of the firing pins would be cocked against their own individual springs, and a plate would slide up between the firing pin and its port in the front of the breechblock. Ian Mccollum, Popular Mechanics, 9 Dec. 2015 With Nissan’s innovative EZ Flex Seating System, every seat except the driver’s folds down – the front passenger seat folds rearward – to allow transportation of long items such as an eight-foot ladder. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, 5 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of rearward


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rearward


Middle English rerewarde, from Anglo-French rereguard, rerewarde rear guard


rear entry 2 + -ward

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27 Jun 2022

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