What does backward mean?

Definitions for backwardˈbæk wərd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word backward.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. backward(adj)

    directed or facing toward the back or rear

    "a backward view"

  2. backward(adj)

    (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature

    "a backward lover"

  3. backward, half-witted, slow-witted, feebleminded(adj)

    retarded in intellectual development

  4. backward(adverb)

    having made less than normal progress

    "an economically backward country"

  5. back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards(adverb)

    at or to or toward the back or rear

    "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"

  6. backward, backwards(adverb)

    in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal

    "it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'"; "the child put her jersey on backward"

  7. back, backward(adverb)

    in or to or toward a past time

    "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"

Wiktionary

  1. backward(Adverb)

    In the direction towards the back; backwards

  2. backward(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the direction towards the back.

  3. backward(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the direction reverse of normal.

    The occasional backward movement of planets is evidence they revolve around the sun.

  4. backward(Adjective)

    Reluctant or unable to advance.

  5. backward(Adjective)

    Of a culture considered undeveloped or unsophisticated.

  6. backward(Adjective)

    Pertaining to a thought or value that is considered outdated.

  7. backward(Adjective)

    On that part of the field behind the batsman's popping crease.

  8. backward(Adjective)

    Further behind the batsman's popping crease than something else.

  9. Origin: From abakward (from on bæc + -weard).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backward(adverb)

    alt. of Backwards

  2. Backward(adj)

    directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances

  3. Backward(adj)

    unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath

  4. Backward(adj)

    not well advanced in learning; not quick of apprehension; dull; inapt; as, a backward child

  5. Backward(adj)

    late or behindhand; as, a backward season

  6. Backward(adj)

    not advanced in civilization; undeveloped; as, the country or region is in a backward state

  7. Backward(adj)

    already past or gone; bygone

  8. Backward(noun)

    the state behind or past

  9. Backward(verb)

    to keep back; to hinder

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Backward

    bak′ward, adv. towards the back: on the back: towards the past: from a better to a worse state: in a direction opposite to the normal—also Back′wards.—adj. Back′ward, keeping back: unwilling: slow: late: dull or stupid.—n. the past portion of time.—n. Back′wardation, percentage paid by a seller of stock for keeping back its delivery till the following account.—adv. Back′wardly.—n. Back′wardness.—Backward and forward, to and fro.—To ring bells backward, to ring them, beginning with the bass bell, in order to give tidings of dismay. [Back, and affix Ward, Wards, in the direction of.]

Anagrams for backward »

  1. drawback, draw back

  2. Draw back

  3. Drawback

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backward in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ralph Dellapiana:

    I think Utah took a giant step backward.

  2. Giusi Nicolini:

    Mare Nostrum was an emergency solution to a humanitarian crisis, so closing it was a huge and intolerable step backward.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Failure is meant to be a crossroad i.e. a point at which you are expected to make a critical decision about what to do next i.e. whether to quit or not, move forward or backward. But, never you quit/move backward no matter what happens.

  4. Margaret Chan:

    Something is wrong, Part of our out-of-balance world still starves to death and other parts stuff (themselves) into a level of obesity so widespread that it is pushing life expectancy figures backward and pushing the cost of healthcare to astronomical figures.

  5. Victor Hugo:

    So different are the colours of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • назад, обратно, изостаналBulgarian
  • enrereCatalan, Valencian
  • vzad, dozadu, zpátkyCzech
  • zögerlich, rückwärts, zurück, rückwärtsgewandt, zurückgeblieben, altmodisch, gehemmt, antiquiert, nach hinten, überholt, rückständig, unterentwickelt, zurückgewandtGerman
  • πίσω, υπανάπτυκτος, ανάποδος, οπισθοδρομικός, παλιομοδίτικοςGreek
  • pasado de moda, rezagado, atrasado, anticuado, retrógradoSpanish
  • taantumuksellinen, vanhanaikainen, takapajuinen, päinvastainen, takaperoinen, alikehittynyt, taaksepäin, saamaton, takaperin, syrjäänvetäytyvä, peruuttaaFinnish
  • en arrière, sous-développé, arriéréFrench
  • mundur ke belakangIndonesian
  • 後方, 後ろJapanese
  • دواکه‌وتوKurdish
  • whakamuriMāori
  • achteruitDutch
  • z powrotem, archaiczny, przestarzały, do tyłu, tyłPolish
  • retrógrado, atrasadoPortuguese
  • îndărăt, regresiv, înapoi, către spate, spre-napoiRomanian
  • обратный, задний, отсталый, назад, обратноRussian
  • bakåtsträvande, baklänges, bakåt, bakomSwedish
  • patalikodTagalog

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