backward backward  /ˈbæ kwərd/


  1. (adj) directed or facing toward the back or rear
  2. (adj) (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature
  3. (adj) retarded in intellectual development
  4. (adj) having made less than normal progress
  5. (adv) at or to or toward the back or rear
  6. (adv) in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal
  7. (adv) in or to or toward a past time



  1. On March 25, 1983, Michael Jackson took one small, backward step onto a television stage and one giant leap into dance-floor history.
  2. The Chinese read backwards, and it doesn't seem to hurt their eyes.
  3. Paul-is-dead believers think the Beatles accompanied these backward tape loops and veiled references to death with album covers that illustrated the loss of their friend.


  1. Dow Jones industrial average fell 353 points on Thursday, biggest drop of 2013

    Wall Street had its worst day of the year Thursday and investors are now worrying that a rebounding economy could be falling backward.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: WJXT Jacksonville

  2. HD Remake of 'Final Fantasy XII' Possible if 'X' and 'X-2' HD Sell Well, says Producer

    by Joseph Leray I was musing recently about the concept of backward compatibility. Specifically, it struck me that the PlayStation 2 may still be the finest example of the concept in terms of execution and scope, a feature that Sony promptly dropped when it released the PlayStation 3. Here's my dirty secret, though: my PlayStation [...]
    on June 21, 2013     Source: MTV

  3. Working backward: Computer-aided design of zeolite templates

    Taking a page from computer-aided drug designers, researchers have developed a computational method that chemists can use to tailor the properties of zeolites, one of the world's most-used industrial minerals. The method allows chemists to work backward by first considering the type of zeolite they wish to make and then creating the organic template needed to produce it.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Science Daily


  1. "No matter who wins this election, the direction of this country is going to change dramatically. But, the choice is between the right change and the wrong change; between going forward and going backward," McCain said. "The wrong change...
    on Jun 3, 2008 By: John McCain Source: FOXNews

  2. Obama added that he also had "a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backward."
    on Jan 11, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: San Jose Mercury News

  3. "However, I have decided that, at this moment in our history, the nation, our men and women in uniform and Gen. Pace himself would not be well served by a divisive ordeal," Gates said. "It would be a backward-looking and very contentious...
    on Jun 8, 2007 By: Robert Gates Source: Austin American-Statesman (subscription)

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