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Princeton's WordNet

  1. back and forth, backward and forward, to and fro(adverb)

    moving from one place to another and back again

    "he traveled back and forth between Los Angeles and New York"; "the treetops whipped to and fro in a frightening manner"; "the old man just sat on the porch and rocked back and forth all day"


  1. back and forth(Noun)

    The movement (of someone or something) forward followed by a return to the same position. May refer to a concept such as an emotional state or a relationship as well as a physical thing.

  2. back and forth(Noun)

    Negotiations or discussions between two or more parties, a dialog.

  3. back and forth(Adverb)

    From one place to another and back again.

  4. back and forth(Adjective)

    Going from one place or position to another and back again.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of back and forth in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of back and forth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The Billiots:

    Now? we look back and forth, nothing but water.

  2. Carla Barbosa:

    She was nervous, she was walking back and forth.

  3. Rick Rieder:

    That back and forth will be on for another week or so.

  4. Lin Tong-meng:

    I came back and forth all yesterday and now I'm here again.

  5. Sherri James:

    I just don't want to hear that they're going back and forth.

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