Meaning of BACKWARD in English

BACKWARD

Note: In American English, '~' is usually used as an adverb instead of '~s'. 'Backward' is also sometimes used in this way in formal British English. See '~s' for these uses.

1.

A ~ movement or look is in the direction that your back is facing. Some people use ~s for this meaning.

He unlocked the door of apartment two and disappeared inside after a ~ glance at Larry...

He did a ~ flip.

? forward

ADJ: ADJ n

2.

If someone takes a ~ step, they do something that does not change or improve their situation, but causes them to go back a stage.

At a certain age, it’s not viable for men to take a ~ step into unskilled work...

? forward

ADJ: ADJ n

3.

A ~ country or society does not have modern industries and machines.

We need to accelerate the pace of change in our ~ country.

? developed

ADJ

~ness

I was astonished at the ~ness of our country at the time.

N-UNCOUNT

4.

A ~ child has difficulty in learning.

I was slow to walk and talk and my parents thought I was ~.

ADJ

~ness

...her ~ness in practical and physical activities.

N-UNCOUNT

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