• At, near or towards the rear of something.
  • In a direction opposite to that in which someone or something is facing or normally pointing.
  • In a direction opposite to the usual direction of movement.
  • Oppositely to the desired direction of progress, or from a better to a worse state.
  • In a reversed orientation; back to front.
  • In a reversed order or sequence.
  • Toward or into the past;
  • In the past.
  • By way of reflection; reflexively.


  • The state behind or past.


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  • From Middle English bakwarde, abakward, equivalent to back + -ward. Cognate with Old Frisian bekward.

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