|1.||[ adverb ] at or to or toward or the back or rear|
|Synonyms:||back rearward backwards rearwards|
"he moved back" "tripped when he stepped backward" "she looked rearward out the window of the car"
|2.||[ adjective ] directed or facing toward the back or rear|
"a backward view"
|Related terms:||forward negative inverse regardant rearward reflexive retracted cacuminal retroflex retral receding returning converse backswept retrospective regressive|
|3.||[ adverb ] in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal|
"it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'" "the child put her jersey on backward"
|4.||[ adverb ] in or to or toward a past time|
"set the clocks back an hour" "never look back" "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
|Related terms:||ahead ahead|
|5.||[ adjective ] retarded in intellectual development|
|6.||[ adjective ] (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature|
"a backward lover"
|Related terms:||forward bashful timid|