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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Backward \Back"ward\, Backwards \Back"wards\, adv. [Back, adv. +
1. With the back in advance or foremost; as, to ride
2. Toward the back; toward the rear; as, to throw the arms
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. --Sir J. Davies.
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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adv 1: at or to or toward the back or rear; "he moved back";
"tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward
out the window of the car" [syn: back, backward,
backwards, rearward, rearwards] [ant: forrad,
forrard, forward, forwards, frontward,
2: 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"
[syn: backward, backwards]
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