|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.|
|4.||Toward, or in, past time or events; ago.|
Some reigns backward.
|5.||By way of reflection; reflexively.|
|6.||From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin.|
|7.||In a contrary or reverse manner, way, or direction; contrarily; as, to read backwards.|
|a.||1.||Directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances.|
|2.||Unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath.|
|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.|
|n.||1.||The state behind or past.|
|v. t.||1.||To keep back; to hinder.|
|Adj.||1.||backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"|
forward - at or near or directed toward the front; "the forward section of the aircraft"; "a forward plunge down the stairs"; "forward motion"
|2.||backward - (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature; "a backward lover"|
forward - used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty; "a forward child badly in need of discipline"
|3.||backward - retarded in intellectual development|
|Adv.||1.||backward - 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"|
|2.||backward - 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"|
|3.||backward - in or to or toward a past time; "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"|