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English definition of “backward”

backward

adverb [not gradable] (TOWARD THE BACK)   /ˈbæk·wərd/ (also backwards,  /ˈbæk·wərdz/)
toward the direction that is opposite to the one in which you are facing or opposite to the usual direction: He took a step backward. He began counting backward: "Ten, nine, eight . . ." She was skating around the rink, backward and forward.
(Definition of backward adverb (TOWARD THE BACK) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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