[reer-werd for 1–4; reer-wawrd for 5]
- Also rear·wards. toward or in the rear.
- located in, near, or toward the rear.
- directed toward the rear.
- a position at the rear: in the rearward of fashion.
- the rear division of a military unit.
Origin of rearward
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Examples from the Web for rearward
Presently she grew tired of this, too, and moved to the rearward window.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
Frontward was the small lake's grey water, rearward an avenue of limes.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
Then twelve of them were as it were our Vanguard, other twelve, our Rearward.Sir Francis Drake Revived
To recover they were fain, But now did Alvar Fañez on their rearward fall amain.The Lay of the Cid
R. Selden Rose
I had to watch the road, of course, so could not turn to witness what was going on rearward."And That's How It Was, Officer"
- towards or in the rearAlso (for adverb only): rearwards
- a position in the rear, esp the rear division of a military formation
C14 (as a noun: the part of an army positioned behind the main body of troops): from Anglo-French rerewarde, variant of reregarde; see rearguard
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Word Origin and History for rearward
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