backwards

  • 1 backwards — 1510s, from BACKWARD (Cf. backward) with adverbial genitive. Figurative phrase bend over backwards is recorded from 1901 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 2 backwards — [bak′wərdz] adv. BACKWARD * * * …

    Universalium

  • 3 backwards — [bak′wərdz] adv. BACKWARD …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Backwards — This article is about the novel by Grant Naylor. For a definition of the word backwards , see the Wiktionary entry [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/backwards backwards] . For the Red Dwarf episode, see Backwards (Red Dwarf episode). Infobox Book |… …

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  • 5 backwards — [[t]bæ̱kwə(r)dz[/t]] (in AM, use backward) 1) ADV: ADV after v If you move or look backwards, you move or look in the direction that your back is facing. The diver flipped over backwards into the water... He took two steps backward... Bess… …

    English dictionary

  • 6 backwards */*/ — UK [ˈbækwə(r)dz] / US [ˈbækwərdz] adjective, adverb Summary: Backwards can be used in the following ways: as an adverb: I stepped backwards. more rarely as an adjective: a backwards step 1) if you move or look backwards, you move or look in the… …

    English dictionary

  • 7 backwards — back|wards S2 [ˈbækwədz US wərdz] adv also backward [ wəd US wərd] AmE 1.) in the direction that is behind you ≠ ↑forwards ▪ Hannah took a step backward. ▪ She pushed me and I fell backwards into the chair. 2.) towards the beginning or the past ≠ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 backwards — adv. 1 away from one s front (lean backwards; look backwards). 2 a with the back foremost (walk backwards). b in reverse of the usual way (count backwards; spell backwards). 3 a into a worse state (new policies are taking us backwards). b into… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 9 backwards — backward, backwards 1. For the adverb, both forms are in use, although backward is somewhat more common in AmE and backwards in BrE: • Talk ran backward from the events of the morning A. Munro, CanE 1987 • I walked backward to look at her in the… …

    Modern English usage

  • 10 backwards —    The notion that walking backwards is unlucky was occasionally noted in the mid 19th century from the Lancashire/ Yorkshire area: [Lancashire] children are frequently cautioned by their parents not to walk backwards when going on an errand; it… …

    A Dictionary of English folklore

  • 11 backwards*/ — [ˈbækwədz] adv 1) in the direction that is behind you The car rolled backwards down the hill.[/ex] 2) in the opposite way or order from usual Count backwards from ten to one.[/ex] Your skirt is on backwards.[/ex] 3) towards a time in the past We… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 12 backwards — 1. adjective a) Oriented toward the back. The battleship had three backwards guns at the stern, in addition to the primary complement. b) Reversed. The backwards lettering on emergency vehicles makes it possible to read in the rear view mirror.… …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 backwards — /ˈbækwədz / (say bakwuhdz) adverb 1. towards the back or rear. 2. with the back foremost. 3. in reverse of the usual or right way: to spell backwards. 4. towards the past. 5. towards a worse or less advanced condition; retrogressively. –phrase 6 …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 backwards — (also backward) adverb 1》 in the direction of one s back. 2》 back towards the starting point. 3》 in reverse of the usual direction or order.     ↘towards the past.     ↘towards a worse state. Phrases backwards and forwards to and fro. bend (or… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 Backwards — Backward Back ward, Backwards Back wards, adv. [Back, adv. + ward.] 1. With the back in advance or foremost; as, to ride backward. [1913 Webster] 2. Toward the back; toward the rear; as, to throw the arms backward. [1913 Webster] 3. On the back,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 16 backwards — See backward, backwards …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 17 backwards — adv. Backwards is used with these verbs: ↑bend, ↑edge, ↑fall, ↑jerk, ↑jump, ↑lean, ↑lurch, ↑roll, ↑slide, ↑spell, ↑stagger, ↑step, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 backwards — In a policy of marine insurance, the phrase forwards and backwards at sea means from port to port in the course of the voyage, and not merely from one terminus to the other and back …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 19 backwards — Moving with the back foremost; moving in the opposite of the previous course followed. See forwards and backwards at sea …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 20 backwards — adverb see backward I …

    New Collegiate Dictionary


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