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Definition of the adjective backward

What does backward mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more backward / most backward

  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
  4. having made less than normal progress

Alternative definition of the adjective backward


  1. [context: of motion] Pertaining to the direction towards the back.
  2. [context: of motion] Pertaining to the direction reverse of normal.
  3. Reluctant or unable to advance.
  4. Of a culture considered undeveloped or unsophisticated.
  5. Pertaining to a thought or value that is considered outdated.
  6. [cricket] On that part of the field behind the batsman's popping crease.
  7. [cricket] Further behind the batsman's popping crease than something else.

Definition of the adverb backward

What does backward mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. at or to or toward the back or rear
  2. in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal
    • 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
    • synonym of backward: backwards
  3. in or to or toward a past time
    • example: lovers of the past looking fondly backward
    • synonym of backward: back
    • antonym of backward: forward

Alternative definition of the adverb backward


  1. [context: of motion] In the direction towards the back; backwards

Definition of the noun backward

What does backward mean as a name of something?

Specialised definition of the noun backward

Glossary of sports / diving

any dive where the diver starts with his or her back towards the water and rotates away from the board (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


"Backward" is a composition by Chris Vaughn.

Phrases with Backward

Phrases starting with the word Backward:

  1. Backward Dive
  2. Backward Pass
  3. Backward Slash
  4. Backward Linkage
  5. Backward induction
  6. Backward Compatible
  7. Backward Compliment
  8. backward and forward
  9. Backward compatibility

Phrases ending with the word Backward:

  1. Fast Backward
  2. look backward
  3. reasoning backward

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Backward

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Google previewNewnes Dictionary of Electronics (2002)

by S W Amos, Roger Amos

Backward diodes of low capacitance are used as microwave detectors. The graphical symbol for a backward ...

Google previewThe South African Dictionary of Sport (2003)

by Joel Alswang

Onodi balance beam - jump backward (flic-flac take-off) with half twist to handspring forward (Arabian handspring) Pak-salto uneven bars - handstand on high bar facing low bar, swing forward, salto backward stretched between bars to clear ...

Google previewThe American Illustrated Medical Dictionary (1916)

A going backward. 2. The translation of a disease from the surface to some interior organ. retroclavicular (re-tro-klav-ik'u-lar). Behind the clavicle. retroclusion (re-tro-klu'zhun) [L. retro back + clau'dere to close]. Closure of a bleeding artery by ...

Google previewThe American illustrated medical dictionary. 1900 (1900)

[1st ed.]

A backward displacement. Retro-esophageal (re"tro-es-of-a'je-al). Situated or occurring behind the esophagus. Retroflexed (re'tro-flext) [L. re'tro backward + ftex'us bent]. Bent backward ; in a state of retroflexion. Retroflexion (re-tro-flex' shun) ...

Google previewFiber Optics Standard Dictionary (1997)

by Martin Weik

backward signal a direction generally opposite to the original direction. 3. Radio wave propagation in which the directions of propagation of the incident and scattered waves, resolved along a reference direction, are oppositely directed.

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Dalits in India: Reservation (2002)

by Sanjay Paswan, Pramanshi Jaideva

and, socially and educationally backward classes of citizens, referred to as "Other ...

Google previewThe Student's Medical Dictionary (1896)

Including All the Words and Phrases Generally Used in Medicine, with Their Proper Pronunciation and Definitions-- by George Milbry Gould

A prefix meaning backward or behind. Retrobulbar (re-tro-buV -bar) [retro, back ; bulbus, bulb]. Situated or occurring behind the eyeball. R. Neuritis, inflammation in the orbital part of the optic nerve. Retrocedent (re-tro-se1 -dent) [retro, back ...

Google previewThe Synonymous, Etymological, and Pronouncing English Dictionary (1805)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, Their Part of Speech Pointed Out, and Their Synonyms Collected, which are Occasionally Illustrated in Their Different Significations, by Examples from the Best Writers by William Perry (lecturer in the Academy at Edinburgh.)

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Google previewDictionary of Optometry and Visual Science (2014)

by Michel Millodot

nervous system eye straight, correct, right all beside, beyond, near, wrong around, near crystalline lens light many after, behind old before, in front of, in place of, forward false again, backward backward, behind darkness, shadow together, ...

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Quotes about Backward

Prospero: What seest thou else / In the dark backward and abysm of time? / If thou rememberest aught ere thou camest here, / How thou camest here thou mayst. (William Shakespeare)
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Scrabble value of B3A1C3K5W4A1R1D2

The value of this 8-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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