Definitions for backwards
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word backwards.
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"
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"
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.
Etymology: . See -s#Etymology 3
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from back and weard, Sax. that is, towards the back.
They went backward, and their faces were backward. Gen. ix.
In leaping with weights, the arms are first cast backwards, and then forwards, with so much the greater force; for the hands go backward before they take their rise. Francis Bacon, Nat. H.
Then darting from her malignant eyes,
She cast him backward as he strove to rise. John Dryden, Æneid.
We might have met them dareful, beard to beard,
And beat them backward home. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
The monstrous sight
Struck them with horrour backward; but far worse
Urg’d them behind. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.
Are not the rays of light, in passing by the edges and sides of bodies, bent several times backwards and forwards with a motion like that of an eel? Isaac Newton, Opticks.
To prove the possibility of a thing, there is no argument to that which looks backwards; for what has been done or suffered, may certainly be done or suffered again. South.
No, doubtless; for the mind can backward cast
Upon herself, her understanding light. John Davies.
The work went backward; and the more he strove
T’ advance the suit, the farther from her love. Dryden.
They have spread one of the worst languages in the world, if we look upon it some reigns backwards. John Locke.
I never yet saw man,
But she would spell him backward; if fair-fac’d,
She’d swear the gentleman should be her sister;
If black, why, nature, drawing of an antick,
Made a foul blot; if tall, a launce ill-headed. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.
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.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A technical word made use of in the British service to express the retrograde movement of troops from line into column, and vice versa. Also a word of command in the U. S. service, to cause a man, or body of men, to march to the rear without changing front.
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
The numerical value of backwards in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of backwards in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
It should have happened a long time ago, we should have been arming the Ukrainians for the last year, we weren't. We should have been doing much more on domestic production of oil, instead we're going backwards, and we gave Putin the card to hold us hostage.
The biggest risk is that this would give control to a narrow group of majority shareholders, this would be a step backwards in Italian governance which has seen very positive developments in the last two years.
I'm trying to go forward and trying to move forward. If I do drugs, that's moving backyards. If I live moving backwards, that means I'm living to die.
I don’t want to see us go backwards, but organized interests fueled by ideology and huge amounts of money are trying to take us backwards. So I feel as strongly today as I ever have that we all have to stand up and defend our country, and most importantly, our democracy.
Chavista, i wish I could say I still am but the situation is too hard. Everything is going backwards.
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Translations for backwards
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- προς τα πίσω, επαναφορά επιστροφήGreek
- invertido, a contrapelo, hacia atrásSpanish
- tagasisuunas, saamatu, vanamoodne, peegelpilt, tahapoole, tagurpidiEstonian
- väärinpäin, kelvoton, taaksepäin, takaperin, vanhanaikainenFinnish
- ke belakangIndonesian
- بهرهودوا, پاشهوپاش, دواکهوتوKurdish
- смотрящий, назад, направленныйRussian
- bakåtriktad, efter, omvänd, baklänges, efterbliven, bakvändSwedish
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