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rearward

noun rear·ward \ ˈrir-ˌwȯrd \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of rearward

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

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Origin and Etymology of rearward

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


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rearward

adjective rear·ward \ ˈrir-wərd \

Definition of rearward

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

Examples of rearward in a Sentence

  1. the rearward section of the store

  2. got rearward quarters aboard the ship

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Origin and Etymology of rearward

2rear + -ward

rearward Synonyms

Synonyms
aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, back
Antonyms
anterior, fore, forward, front, frontal
Related Words
dorsal
Near Antonyms
ventral

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rearward

adverb rear·ward \ ˈrir-wərd \
variants: or less commonly rearwards play \ˈrir-wərdz\

Definition of rearward

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

Examples of rearward in a Sentence

  1. turned rearward for a moment, just for one final look at the haunting scene

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First Known Use of rearward

1625

rearward Synonyms


REARWARD Defined for English Language Learners

rearward

adjective

Definition of rearward for English Language Learners

  • : located at, near, or toward the back of something

  • : directed toward the rear of something


rearward

adverb

Definition of rearward for English Language Learners

  • : at, near, or toward the rear



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