Definitions for backwards
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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"
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
toward the rear
sliding backward down the hill
the opposite of the usual way
to work backward from Z to A
toward past time
There's no point in looking backwards.
moving one way and then the opposite way, repeatedly
The cat ran backward and forward near the door.
Toward the back.
In the opposite direction of usual.
The clock did not work because the battery was inserted backwards.
In a manner such that the back precedes the front.
The tour guide walked backwards while droning on to the bored seniors.
Oriented toward the back.
The battleship had three backwards guns at the stern, in addition to the primary complement.
The backwards lettering on emergency vehicles makes it possible to read in the rear-view mirror.
Behind current trends or technology.
Modern medicine regards the use of leeches as a backwards practice.
Clumsy, inept, or inefficient.
He was a very backwards scholar, but he was a marvel on the football field.
Origin: . See -s#Etymology 3
with the back in advance or foremost; as, to ride backward
toward the back; toward the rear; as, to throw the arms backward
on the back, or with the back downward
toward, or in, past time or events; ago
by way of reflection; reflexively
from a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin
in a contrary or reverse manner, way, or direction; contrarily; as, to read backwards
Backwards is the fourth Red Dwarf novel. It is set on the fictional backwards universe version of Earth. The novel was written by Rob Grant on his own. It follows on directly from the second Grant Naylor novel, Better Than Life, ignoring Last Human. As well as continuing the general conceit from the episode Backwards, it contains minor elements from the episode Dimension Jump, and all of the plot from Gunmen of the Apocalypse. An audiobook of Backwards was also produced, read by the author.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'backwards' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2814
Rank popularity for the word 'backwards' in Adverbs Frequency: #306
Anagrams of backwards
Translations for backwards
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
towards the back
He glanced backwards.
- إلى الوَراءArabic
- para trásPortuguese (BR)
- zpět, dozaduCzech
- bagud; tilbageDanish
- (προς τα) πίσωGreek
- hacia atrásSpanish
- به سوی عقبFarsi
- vers l'arrièreFrench
- पीछे की ओरHindi
- prema natragCroatian
- aftur (á bak), til bakaIcelandic
- indietro, all'indietroItalian
- 뒤를 향해Korean
- ke belakangMalay
- naar achterenDutch
- baklengs, bakover, tilbakeNorwegian
- do tyłuPolish
- به سوی عقبPersian
- شا خواته، په شاPashto
- para trásPortuguese
- nazad, späťSlovak
- geriye, arkayaTurkish
- 向後地Chinese (Trad.)
- về phía sauVietnamese
- 向后地Chinese (Simp.)
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