toward the back or rear.
with the back foremost.
in the reverse of the usual or right way:
counting backward from 100.
toward the past:
to look backward over one’s earlier mistakes.
toward a less advanced state; retrogressively:
Since the overthrow of the president the country has moved steadily backward.
directed toward the back or past.
a backward movement; a backward journey.
behind in time or progress; late; slow:
a backward learner; a backward country.
bashful or hesitant; shy:
a backward lover.
backward and forward, thoroughly:
He knew his lesson backward and forward.
Also, backwards and forwards.
(usually prenominal) directed towards the rear: a backward glance
retarded in physical, material, or intellectual development: backward countries, a backward child
of or relating to the past; conservative or reactionary
(in combination): backward-looking
reluctant or bashful: a backward lover
(chess) (of a pawn) behind neighbouring pawns and unable to be supported by them
a variant of backwards
c.1300, from abakward, from Old English on bæc (see back (adv.)) + -weard adjectival and adverbial suffix (see -ward). Old English had the adverb bæcling. As an adjective, from 1550s. Meaning “behindhand with regard to progress” is first attested 1690s. To ring bells backward (from lowest to highest), c.1500, was a signal of alarm for fire or invasion, or to express dismay. Another Middle English word for “backward, wrongly” was arseward (c.1400).
In addition to the idiom beginning with
- Backwards compatibility
backwards compatibility backward compatibility
- Backwards compatible
backwards compatible backward compatibility
(often used with a singular verb) wooded or partially uncleared and unsettled districts. any remote or isolated area. of or relating to the backwoods. unsophisticated; uncouth. Historical Examples I could not spin as could my mother, who had passed her childhood in backwood life. Life on the Stage Clara Morris Colony was divided from colony […]
noun (Brit, dialect) the act or an instance of failing to keep a promise or commitment (esp in the phrase give (someone) backword)