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noun rear·ward \ˈrir-ˌwȯrd\

Definition of rearward

  1. :  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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adjective rear·ward \-wərd\

Definition of rearward

  1. 1 :  located at, near, or toward the rear

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of rearward

2rear + -ward


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adverb rear·ward \-wərd\
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rearwards

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Definition of rearward

  1. :  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

First Known Use of rearward

1625


REARWARD Defined for English Language Learners

rearward

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adjective

Definition of rearward for English Language Learners

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

  • : directed toward the rear of something

rearward

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adverb

Definition of rearward for English Language Learners

  • : at, near, or toward the rear



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