Backward

  • 1 backward — backward, retrograde, retrogressive, regressive all involve the idea of not moving or going ahead, or forward, or in advance. Only when applied to motion or a movement does backward imply the reverse of forward motion {a backward thrust of a… …

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  • 2 backward — backward, backwards 1. For the adverb, both forms are in use, although backward is somewhat more common in AmE and backwards in BrE: • Talk ran backward from the events of the morning A. Munro, CanE 1987 • I walked backward to look at her in the… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 Backward — Back ward, a. 1. Directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances. [1913 Webster] 2. Unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath. [1913 Webster] For wiser brutes were backward to be slaves. Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. Not well advanced in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Backward — Back ward, Backwards Back wards, adv. [Back, adv. + ward.] 1. With the back in advance or foremost; as, to ride backward. [1913 Webster] 2. Toward the back; toward the rear; as, to throw the arms backward. [1913 Webster] 3. On the back, or with… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 backward — [adj1] toward the rear astern, behind, inverted, rearward, regressive, retrograde; concept 581 Ant. ahead, forward, to the front backward [adj2] bashful afraid, averse, demure, diffident, disinclined, hesitant, hesitating, humble, indisposed,… …

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  • 6 backward — [bak′wərd] adv. [ME bakward, for abakward < abak (< OE on bæc, back) + ward (< OE weard, toward)] 1. toward the back or rear; behind 2. with the back or rear foremost 3. in reverse [to spell a word backward] 4. in a way contrary to the… …

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  • 7 backward — (adv.) c.1300, from abakward, from O.E. on bæc (see BACK (Cf. back) (adv.)) + weard adj./adv. suffix (see WARD (Cf. ward)). O.E. had the adverb bæcling. As an adjective, from 1550s. Meaning behindhand with regard to progress is first attested… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 backward — ► ADJECTIVE 1) directed behind or to the rear. 2) having made less progress than is normal or expected. ● not backward in Cf. ↑not backward in DERIVATIVES backwardly adverb backwardness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 Backward — Back ward, n. The state behind or past. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In the dark backward and abysm of time. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 Backward — Back ward, v. t. To keep back; to hinder. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 backward — I adjective arrested, behindhand, belated, dallying, defected, delayed, delaying, dilatory, impeded, late, mentally deficient, overdue, procrastinating, regressive, retarded, retroactive, retrograde, reversed, slow, subnormal, tardy, untimely II… …

    Law dictionary

  • 12 backward — back|ward1 [ bækwərd ] adjective * 1. ) only before noun moving or looking in the direction that is behind you: a backward glance 2. ) not developing quickly, normally, and successfully: a remote and backward region a ) OLD FASHIONED an offensive …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 backward — [[t]bæ̱kwə(r)d[/t]] (In American English, backward is usually used as an adverb instead of backwards. Backward is also sometimes used in this way in formal British English. See backwards for these uses.) 1) ADJ: ADJ n A backward movement or look… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 backward — 1. adjective 1) a backward look Syn: rearward, to/toward the rear, to/toward the back, behind one, reverse Ant: forward 2) the decision was a backward step Syn: retrograde, retrogressive …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 backward — backwardly, adv. backwardness, n. /bak weuhrd/, adv. Also, backwards. 1. toward the back or rear. 2. with the back foremost. 3. in the reverse of the usual or right way: counting backward from 100. 4. toward the past: to look backward over one s… …

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  • 16 backward — /ˈbækwəd / (say bakwuhd) adjective 1. Also, backwards. directed towards the back or past: a backward glance. 2. Also, backwards. reversed; returning: a backward movement. 3. behind in growth, progress, or development: *We have seen that in the… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 backward — back•ward [[t]ˈbæk wərd[/t]] adv. Also, back′wards. 1) toward the back or rear 2) with the back foremost 3) in the reverse of the usual or right way: counting backward from 100[/ex] 4) toward the past 5) toward a less advanced state;… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 backward — adjective 1 (only before noun) made in a direction towards what is behind you: She went without a backward glance. 2 developing slowly and less successfully than most others: some of the more backward countries | a backward child compare forward… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 backward — adjective 1) a backward look Syn: rearward, towards the rear, behind one, reverse 2) the decision was a backward step Syn: retrograde, regressive, for the worse, in the wrong direction, downhill, negative …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 20 backward — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ a rather backward part of the countr …

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