What does backward mean?

Definitions for backward
ˈbæk wərdback·ward

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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

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

  2. backward(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the direction towards the back.

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

  3. backward(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the direction reverse of normal.

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

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

  4. backward(Adjective)

    Reluctant or unable to advance.

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

  5. backward(Adjective)

    Of a culture considered undeveloped or unsophisticated.

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

  6. backward(Adjective)

    Pertaining to a thought or value that is considered outdated.

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

  7. backward(Adjective)

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

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

  8. backward(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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

How to pronounce backward?

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How to say backward in sign language?

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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

Examples of backward in a Sentence

  1. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock:

    You see, as progressives we're not interested in making our country anything again, we're not looking backward. We're looking to the future. We're interested in the future and making America better than it ever has been.

  2. Colleen Scarlett-Stice:

    What you did today truly hurt someone, and you should be ashamed. you didn’t see that he doesn’t understand that flailing, kicking, and trying to hurl himself backward makes it incredibly difficult, painful, and exhausting to carry him.

  3. 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.

  4. State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday:

    I'm confident in the days ahead we'll have things that look like steps backward, but I'm also hopeful that all the parties are sincere and wanting what's good for the Afghan people.

  5. Ellen Karsh:

    He is a teenager, after all-a strange agent with holes in his jeans, studs in his ear, a tail down his neck, a cap on his head (backward).

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  • 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
  • geriyeTurkish
  • پسماندہUrdu
  • 落後Chinese

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