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BACKWARDS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does backwards mean? 

BACKWARDS (adverb)
  The adverb BACKWARDS has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: BACKWARDS used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BACKWARDS (adverb)


Sense 1backwards [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At or to or toward the back or rear

Synonyms:

backward; backwards; rearward; rearwards; back

Context examples:

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


Sense 2backwards [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


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