adverb Also back·wards.
- backup light,
- backward and forward,
- backward heart failure,
Origin of backward
Examples from the Web for backward
There has been a lot of talk about leaning forward and backward.
Backward, backward, backward Ghana ran, and frantically…toward its own endangered goal.Stars and Stripes 2, Black Stars 1: Team USA Takes a Win From Ghana|Tunku Varadarajan|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Founders—so backward in their attitudes on race—launched the republic on the basis of religious tolerance.Six Catholics, Three Jews and Not Much Memory at the Supreme Court|Jonathan Alter|May 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So finding that, and finding the arrangement that was forward and backward at once, was difficult.Interview: T Bone Burnett, the Coen Brothers’ Music Guru|Andrew Romano|December 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Authoritarianism And Backward Priorities There does not need to be a HealthCare.gov, and there need be no state-run websites.Obamacare’s Rollout Is a Disaster That Didn’t Have to Happen|Gregory Ferenstein|October 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The danger of this vice is, that the horse may fall backward and upon his rider.The American Horsewoman|Elizabeth Karr
He crawled backward and forward, and he crawled forward and backward.The Lost Prince|Frances Hodgson Burnett
There are a few cases in which the "backward sign" includes also the numeral in the second position.An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs|Sylvanus Griswold Morley
The following preparatory exercises must be practiced forward and backward until the movements become natural, before proceeding.The Fascinating Boston|Alfonso Josephs Sheafe
When in this position, the swimmers begin to turn backward, using the arms the same is in the backward (single) somersault.Swimming Scientifically Taught|Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
- of or relating to the past; conservative or reactionary
- (in combination)backward-looking
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 backward
- backward and forward
- bend over backward
- fall over (backwards)
- know like a book (backwards and forwards)