What does backward mean?

Definitions for backward
ˈbæk wərdback·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backwardadjective

    directed or facing toward the back or rear

    "a backward view"

  2. backwardadjective

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

    "a backward lover"

  3. backward, half-witted, slow-witted, feeblemindedadjective

    retarded in intellectual development

  4. backwardadverb

    having made less than normal progress

    "an economically backward country"

  5. back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwardsadverb

    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, backwardsadverb

    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, backwardadverb

    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. backwardadverb

    In the direction towards the back; backwards

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

  2. backwardadjective

    Pertaining to the direction towards the back.

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

  3. backwardadjective

    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. backwardadjective

    Reluctant or unable to advance.

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

  5. backwardadjective

    Of a culture considered undeveloped or unsophisticated.

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

  6. backwardadjective

    Pertaining to a thought or value that is considered outdated.

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

  7. backwardadjective

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

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

  8. backwardadjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backwardadverb

    alt. of Backwards

  2. Backwardadjective

    directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances

  3. Backwardadjective

    unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath

  4. Backwardadjective

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

  5. Backwardadjective

    late or behindhand; as, a backward season

  6. Backwardadjective

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

  7. Backwardadjective

    already past or gone; bygone

  8. Backwardnoun

    the state behind or past

  9. Backwardverb

    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

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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. Josh Bolten:

    It would be a step backward.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    Living in the past is synonymous with driving backward rather than forward. And you should agree with me that whoever that drives a car backward cannot make headway. I mean, he or she will hardly reach his or her destination. May I tell you, that's just an aftermath of living in the past. Yes! you heard me right, you will hardly realize your dreams, visions or aspirations if you keep on living in your past. Thus, desist from focusing on all that is behind you i.e. your past mistakes, setbacks, failures, misfortunes and things like that. Anyway, the ball is in your court as ever. So, feel free to play it as you wish.

  3. Google Translate:

    In the smoke haze, the most abundant particles are around onemicrometre in size, but these particles do not change the colour of the light we see, there are also smaller particles, around 0.05 micrometres or less, that dont make up a lot of the haze but are still somewhat more abundant during a haze period [than a normal non-haze period]... but this is enough to give an extra tendency to scatter red light more in the forward and backward directions than blue light - and that is why would you see more red than blue.

  4. 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.

  5. Senior Officer Deon Joseph:

    When I first got there, it was horrible -- you'd have people walking into the station with their intestines hanging out, arms broken backward, black eyes, and they didn't want a police report, they just wanted to hide from their attackers.

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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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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. foreordained
    • B. ambidextrous
    • C. tacky
    • D. extroversive

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