Definitions for backwards

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. backwards(Adverb)

    Toward the back.

  2. backwards(Adverb)

    In the opposite direction of usual.

    The clock did not work because the battery was inserted backwards.

  3. backwards(Adverb)

    In a manner such that the back precedes the front.

    The tour guide walked backwards while droning on to the bored seniors.

  4. backwards(Adjective)

    Oriented toward the back.

    The battleship had three backwards guns at the stern, in addition to the primary complement.

  5. backwards(Adjective)

    Reversed.

    The backwards lettering on emergency vehicles makes it possible to read in the rear-view mirror.

  6. backwards(Adjective)

    Behind current trends or technology.

    Modern medicine regards the use of leeches as a backwards practice.

  7. backwards(Adjective)

    Clumsy, inept, or inefficient.

    He was a very backwards scholar, but he was a marvel on the football field.

  8. Origin: . See -s#Etymology 3

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backwards(adverb)

    with the back in advance or foremost; as, to ride backward

  2. Backwards(adverb)

    toward the back; toward the rear; as, to throw the arms backward

  3. Backwards(adverb)

    on the back, or with the back downward

  4. Backwards(adverb)

    toward, or in, past time or events; ago

  5. Backwards(adverb)

    by way of reflection; reflexively

  6. Backwards(adverb)

    from a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin

  7. Backwards(adverb)

    in a contrary or reverse manner, way, or direction; contrarily; as, to read backwards

Freebase

  1. 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

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'backwards' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2814

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'backwards' in Adverbs Frequency: #306

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backwards in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backwards in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Terry Goodkind:

    Only a fool walks backwards into the future.

  2. Witold Waszczykowski:

    These are people who pushed Poland backwards by many decades.

  3. Aneurin Bevan:

    Reactionary: A man walking backwards with his face to the future.

  4. Johann von Goethe:

    Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards.

  5. Søren Kierkegaard:

    Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.

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Translations for backwards

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • pozpátkuCzech
  • rückwärtsGerman
  • επαναφορά επιστροφή, προς τα πίσωGreek
  • malantaŭenEsperanto
  • hacia atrás, a contrapelo, invertidoSpanish
  • tagurpidi, tahapoole, peegelpilt, vanamoodne, saamatu, tagasisuunasEstonian
  • takaperin, kelvoton, taaksepäin, vanhanaikainen, väärinpäinFinnish
  • indietroItalian
  • دواکه‌وتو, به‌ره‌ودوا, پاشه‌وپاشKurdish
  • whakatuaraMāori
  • achterwaartsDutch
  • направленный, назад, смотрящийRussian
  • bakåtriktad, bakvänd, efterbliven, baklänges, omvänd, efterSwedish

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