- back|wardsS2 [ˈbækwədz US -wərdz] adv also backward [-wəd US -wərd] AmE1.) in the direction that is behind you▪ Hannah took a step backward.▪ She pushed me and I fell backwards into the chair.2.) towards the beginning or the past▪ Count backwards from 100.3.) with the back part in front▪ Your T-shirt is on backwards.4.) towards a worse state▪ The new measures are seen by some as a major step backwards.5.) backwards and forwardsfirst in one direction and then in the opposite direction, usually many times▪ Kip stumbled backwards and forwards before falling down.6.) bend/lean over backwards (to do sth)to try as hard as possible to help or please someone▪ City officials bent over backwards to help downtown businesses.7.) know sth backwardsBrE know sth backwards and forwardsAmE to know something very well or perfectly▪ She practiced her part until she knew it backwards and forwards.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.
Look at other dictionaries:
backwards — 1510s, from BACKWARD (Cf. backward) with adverbial genitive. Figurative phrase bend over backwards is recorded from 1901 … Etymology dictionary
backwards — [bak′wərdz] adv. BACKWARD * * * … Universalium
backwards — [bak′wərdz] adv. BACKWARD … English World dictionary
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 |… … Wikipedia
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
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
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
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
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
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