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Meaning of BACKWARD

Pronunciation:  'bakwurd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  in or to or toward a past time; "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
  2. [adv]  at or to or toward or the back or rear; "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"
  3. [adv]  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"
  4. [adj]  directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"
  5. [adj]  (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature; "a backward lover"
  6. [adj]  retarded in intellectual development

BACKWARD is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: back, backswept, backwards, bashful, blate, cacuminal, converse, feebleminded, inverse, negative, rearward, rearward, rearwards, receding(a), reflexive, regardant(ip), retarded, retracted, retral, retroflex, retroflexed, retrograde, returning(a), reverse, reversed, reversive, self-referent, sweptback, transposed
 Antonyms: ahead, forrad, forrard, forward, forward, forwards, frontward, frontwards
 See Also: regressive, retrospective, timid



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Back"ward\, Backwards \Back"wards\, adv. [Back, adv. +
    1. With the back in advance or foremost; as, to ride
    2. Toward the back; toward the rear; as, to throw the arms
    3. On the back, or with the back downward.
             Thou wilt fall backward.              --Shak.
    4. Toward, or in, past time or events; ago.
             Some reigns backward.                 --Locke.
    5. By way of reflection; reflexively. --Sir J. Davies.
    6. From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame,
       from religion to sin.
             The work went backward.               --Dryden.
    7. In a contrary or reverse manner, way, or direction;
       contrarily; as, to read backwards.
             We might have . . . beat them backward home. --Shak.
  2. \Back"ward\, a.
    1. Directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances.
    2. Unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath.
             For wiser brutes were backward to be slaves. --Pope.
    3. Not well advanced in learning; not quick of apprehension;
       dull; inapt; as, a backward child. ``The backward
       learner.'' --South.
    4. Late or behindhand; as, a backward season.
    5. Not advanced in civilization; undeveloped; as, the country
       or region is in a backward state.
    6. Already past or gone; bygone. [R.]
             And flies unconscious o'er each backward year.
  3. \Back"ward\, n.
    The state behind or past. [Obs.]
          In the dark backward and abysm of time.  --Shak.
  4. \Back"ward\, v. i.
    To keep back; to hinder. [Obs.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are walking or moving backward means that what you are doing may be counter-productive. What you are seeking in life appears to be moving away from you. Thus you may be feeling a sense of failure or believe that you are unable to achieve your goals and aspirations. On the other hand, moving backward in your dream may symbolize that you should back off or retreat in a situation you may be facing in your waking life.
Thesaurus Terms
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