English adjective: backward
|1.||backward directed or facing toward the back or rear|
|Samples||A backward view.|
|Similar||backswept, cacuminal, converse, inverse, rearward, receding, reflexive, regardant, retracted, retral, retroflex, retroflex, retroflexed, retrograde, returning, reverse, reverse, reversed, reversive, self-referent, sweptback, transposed|
|See also||regressive, retrospective|
|2.||backward (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature|
|Samples||A backward lover.|
|3.||backward retarded in intellectual development|
|Synonyms||feebleminded, half-witted, slow-witted|
|Domain usage||archaicism, archaism|
|4.||backward having made less than normal progress|
|Samples||An economically backward country.|
English adverb: backward
|1.||backward at or to or toward the back or rear|
|Samples||He moved back.|
Tripped when he stepped backward.
She looked rearward out the window of the car.
|Synonyms||back, backwards, rearward, rearwards|
|Antonyms||forrad, forrard, forward, forwards, frontward, frontwards|
|2.||backward in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal|
|Samples||It's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'.|
The child put her jersey on backward.
|3.||backward in or to or toward a past time|
|Samples||Set the clocks back an hour.|
Never look back.
Lovers of the past looking fondly backward.