- 1 toward a place or position that is behind I lost my balance and fell backward. He took a step backward. opposite forward
- 2in the opposite direction to the usual one “Ambulance” is written backward so you can read it in the mirror. In the movie they take a journey backward through time.
- 3toward a worse state I felt that going to live with my parents would be a step backward. opposite forward
- 4 if you put on a piece of clothing backward, you make a mistake and put the back where the front should be Idioms
from one place or position to another and back again many times She rocked backward and forward on her chair.
backward and forwardjump to other results
to make a great effort, especially in order to be helpful or fair I've bent over backward to help him.
bend/lean over backward (to do something)jump to other results
to know someone or something extremely well She must know the play backward and forward by now.
know somebody/something backward and forward (informal)jump to other results