Definition of “backwards” - English Dictionary

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“backwards” in British English

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backwardsadverb

uk /ˈbæk.wədz/ us /ˈbæk.wɚdz/ mainly UK US usually backward

B1 towards the direction that is opposite to the one in which you are facing or opposite to the usual direction:

I walked backwards towards the door.
He took a step backwards to allow her to pass.
He began counting backwards: "Ten, nine, eight..."
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returning to older and less effective ways:

The breakdown in negotiations will be seen as a step backwards.
backwards and forwards

first in one direction and then in the opposite one:

Paul paced anxiously backwards and forwards.

More examples

  • When the car hit him he was thrown backwards two or three metres.
  • To go backwards, you must put the car into reverse gear.
  • She stepped backwards and fell over a chair.
  • He tilted his chair backwards and put his feet up on his desk.
  • The movement of the ship caused the mast to sway backwards and forwards.

(Definition of “backwards” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)