Pronunciation: (bak'wurd),[key] —adv.Also,back'wards. 1. toward the back or rear.
2. with the back foremost.
3. in the reverse of the usual or right way: counting backward from 100. 4. toward the past: to look backward over one's earlier mistakes. 5. toward a less advanced state; retrogressively: Since the overthrow of the president the country has moved steadily backward. 6. backward and forward, thoroughly: He knew his lesson backward and forward.Also,backwards and forwards.
—adj. 1. directed toward the back or past.
2. reversed; returning: a backward movement; a backward journey. 3. behind in time or progress; late; slow: a backward learner; a backward country. 4. bashful or hesitant; shy: a backward lover.