Backward

Definition of Backward

Back´ward
adv.1.With the back in advance or foremost; as, to ride backward.
2.Toward the back; toward the rear; as, to throw the arms backward.
3.On the back, or with the back downward.
Thou wilt fall backward.
- Shak.
4.Toward, or in, past time or events; ago.
Some reigns backward.
- Locke.
5.By way of reflection; reflexively.
6.From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin.
The work went backward.
- Dryden.
7.In a contrary or reverse manner, way, or direction; contrarily; as, to read backwards.
We might have . . . beat them backward home.
- Shak.
a.1.Directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances.
2.Unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath.
For wiser brutes were backward to be slaves.
- Pope.
3.Not well advanced in learning; not quick of apprehension; dull; inapt; as, a backward child.
4.Late or behindhand; as, a backward season.
5.Not advanced in civilization; undeveloped; as, the country or region is in a backward state.
6.Already past or gone; bygone.
And flies unconscious o'er each backward year.
- Byron.
n.1.The state behind or past.
In the dark backward and abysm of time.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To keep back; to hinder.

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