Associations to the word «Backward»


BACKWARD, adjective. (of motion) Pertaining to the direction towards the back.
BACKWARD, adjective. (of motion) Pertaining to the direction reverse of normal.
BACKWARD, adjective. Reluctant or unable to advance.
BACKWARD, adjective. Of a culture considered undeveloped or unsophisticated.
BACKWARD, adjective. Pertaining to a thought or value that is considered outdated.
BACKWARD, adjective. (cricket) On that part of the field behind the batsman's popping crease.
BACKWARD, adjective. (cricket) Further behind the batsman's popping crease than something else.
BACKWARD, adjective. (obsolete) Unwilling; averse; reluctant.
BACKWARD, adjective. Slow to apprehend; having difficulties in learning.
BACKWARD, adjective. Late or behindhand.
BACKWARD, adjective. (obsolete) Already past or gone; bygone.
BACKWARD, adverb. (of motion) In the direction towards the back; backwards
BACKWARD, adverb. Toward, or in, past time or events; ago.
BACKWARD, adverb. By way of reflection; reflexively.
BACKWARD, adverb. From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin.
BACKWARD, noun. The state behind or past.
BACKWARD COMPATIBILITIES, noun. Plural of backward compatibility
BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY, noun. (software) Capability of interoperating with older systems.
BACKWARD COMPATIBLE, adjective. (software) Capable of interoperating with older systems.
BACKWARD COMPLIMENT, noun. A compliment which unintentionally comes across as an insult.
BACKWARD COMPLIMENTS, noun. Plural of backward compliment
BACKWARD DIVE, noun. A dive in which the diver faces away from the water while taking off, and lands facing backwards.
BACKWARD INDUCTION, noun. The process of reasoning backwards in time, from the end of a problem or situation, to determine a sequence of optimal actions.
BACKWARD INDUCTIONS, noun. Plural of backward induction
BACKWARD LINKAGE, noun. (in the case of a product manufactured in stages by different manufacturers) An effect in which increased production by a downstream manufacturer provides positive pecuniary externalities to an upstream manufacturer.
BACKWARD PASS, noun. (American football) A pass thrown backwards instead of forward, equivalent in the rules to a hand-off.
BACKWARD PAWN, noun. (chess) A pawn that is unable to advance without being threatened by an enemy pawn and is not defensible by pawns of the same color.
BACKWARD PAWNS, noun. Plural of backward pawn
BACKWARD SLASH, noun. Backslash

Dictionary definition

BACKWARD, adverb. 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".
BACKWARD, 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".
BACKWARD, 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".
BACKWARD, adjective. Directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view".
BACKWARD, adjective. (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature; "a backward lover".
BACKWARD, adjective. Retarded in intellectual development.
BACKWARD, adjective. Having made less than normal progress; "an economically backward country".

Wise words

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