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  • Oriented toward the back; reversed
         The backwards lettering on emergency vehicles makes it possible to read in the rear-view mirror.
  • (fig.): Behind current trends or technology.
         Modern medicine regards the use of leeches as a backwards practice.
  • Toward the back.
         The cabinet toppled over backwards.
  • In the opposite direction of usual.
         The clock did not work because the battery was inserted backwards.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



{ Back"ward (&?;), Back"wards (&?;), } adv. [Back, adv. + -ward.] 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.

Thou wilt fall backward.
Shak.

4. Toward, or in, past time or events; ago.

Some reigns backward.
Locke.

5. By way of reflection; reflexively. Sir J. Davies.

6. From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin.

The work went backward.
Dryden.

7. In a contrary or reverse manner, way, or direction; contrarily; as, to read backwards.

We might have . . . beat them backward home.
Shak.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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