meaning of backward

backward meaning in General Dictionary

to help keep back again to hinder

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  • Directed towards the straight back or rear as backward glances
  • hawaii behind or past
  • using back advance or foremost regarding drive backward
  • at or to or toward the back or backside
  • in a manner or order or course the opposite of typical
  • in or even or toward a past time
  • retarded in intellectual development
  • having made significantly less than typical progress
  • (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature
  • directed or dealing with toward the back or back
  • Alt. of Backwards
  • Directed to the back or back; since, backward glances.
  • Unwilling; averse; hesitant; hesitating; loath.
  • perhaps not well advanced in mastering; perhaps not quick of apprehension; lifeless; inapt; because, a backward youngster.
  • later or behindhand; because, a backward period.
  • maybe not higher level in society; undeveloped; since, the nation or region is within a backward condition.
  • Already past or gone; bygone.
  • The state behind or last.
  • To keep back; to hinder.

backward meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from abakward, from Old English on b


backward meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) Alt. of Backwards

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  • (a.) Directed into the straight back or rear; as, backward glances.
  • (a.) Unwilling; averse; unwilling; hesitating; loath.
  • (a.) Perhaps not well-advanced in learning; not quick of apprehension; lifeless; inapt; because, a backward youngster.
  • (a.) Late or behindhand; because, a backward period.
  • (a.) Maybe not advanced level in society; undeveloped; as, the country or region is in a backward condition.
  • (a.) Already past or gone; bygone.
  • (n.) Their state behind or past.
  • (v. i.) To keep straight back; to hinder.

Sentence Examples with the word backward

During the forward stroke the action of the click is governed by the principles of linkwork; during the backward stroke that action ceases.

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