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BACKWARD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does backward mean? 

BACKWARD (adjective)
  The adjective BACKWARD has 3 senses:

1. directed or facing toward the back or rear
2. (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature
3. retarded in intellectual development

  Familiarity information: BACKWARD used as an adjective is uncommon.


BACKWARD (adverb)
  The adverb BACKWARD has 3 senses:

1. at or to or toward the back or rear
2. in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal
3. in or to or toward a past time

  Familiarity information: BACKWARD used as an adverb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BACKWARD (adjective)


Sense 1backward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Directed or facing toward the back or rear

Context example:

a backward view

Similar:

backswept; sweptback (used of hair)

returning; reversive (tending to be turned back)

retroflex; retroflexed (bent or curved backward)

retral; retrograde (moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction)

retracted (drawn back and in)

regardant (looking backward)

reflexive; self-referent (referring back to itself)

receding ((of a hairline e.g.) moving slowly back)

rearward; reverse (directed or moving toward the rear)

inverse; reverse (reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect)

converse; reversed; transposed (turned about in order or relation)

cacuminal; retroflex (pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back toward the hard palate)

Also:

retrospective (concerned with or related to the past)

regressive (opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state)

Antonym:

forward (at or near or directed toward the front)


Sense 2backward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature

Context example:

a backward lover

Similar:

bashful; blate (disposed to avoid notice)

Also:

timid (showing fear and lack of confidence)

Antonym:

forward (used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty)


Sense 3backward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Retarded in intellectual development

Synonyms:

feebleminded; backward

Similar:

retarded (relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development)


BACKWARD (adverb)


Sense 1backward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At or to or toward the back or rear

Synonyms:

rearwards; backward; backwards; rearward; back

Context examples:

he moved back / tripped when he stepped backward / she looked rearward out the window of the car

Antonym:

forward (at or to or toward the front)


Sense 2backward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal

Synonyms:

backward; backwards

Context examples:

it's easy to get the 'i' and the 'e' backward in words like 'seize' and 'siege' / the child put her jersey on backward


Sense 3backward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In or to or toward a past time

Synonyms:

backward; back

Context examples:

set the clocks back an hour / never look back / lovers of the past looking fondly backward

Antonym:

forward (toward the future; forward in time)


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