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
r-t-rded 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 p-wn) behind neighbouring p-wns 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 -rs-ward (c.1400).
in addition to the idiom beginning with
- Backwards compatibility
backwards compatibility backward compatibility
- Backwards compatible
backwards compatible backward compatibility
noun (brit, dialect) the act or an instance of failing to keep a promise or commitment (esp in the phrase give (someone) backword)
- Bacon beetle
noun see dermestid historical examples the “bacon beetle” (dermestes lardarius), and its hard hairy larva, are well known. encyclopaedia britannica, 11th edition, volume 6, slice 6 various
a hamburger topped with strips of cooked bacon.