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adjective as in toward the rear

adjective as in late; slow; behind in progress

adverb as in toward the rear

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Yet it’s unmistakably present, and since the movie itself contains sequences that move, in essence, forward and backward — and are the same yet different when you watch them — it functions, in a way, like a kind of cinematic Sator square.

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Granted, your business likely doesn’t bring in the same revenue as Amazon, but you can still work the formula backward from Amazon’s actual revenue, determine what percentage that loss accounts for and then apply that to your revenue.

Lift is an arrow pointing upward, and drag is one pointing backward.

Police in Buffalo, New York, reported 75-year-old Martin Gugino “tripped and fell” until a video showed officers shoving him backward to the pavement and leaving him bleeding with a fractured skull.

The team added backward-facing barbs to the surface of the needles.

His speeches, which he wrote himself, were frequently brilliant, even if they too often pointed backward instead of forward.

The camera dollied backward along the length of the tower's staircase while simultaneously its lens zoomed forward.

Now Benny lifted his head up, slapped his knee, and laughed so hard that he almost tumbled over backward.

Reputation, or how we seem, seems to be much more important these days than who we are—which is obviously backward.

Your fiction is preoccupied with the past—even the contemporary stories have an aura of looking backward.

Sol got up, slowly; took a backward step into the yard; filled his lungs, opened his mouth, made his eyes round.

Then a shower of dirt flew into their faces and both Jolly Robin and his wife tumbled over backward.

A like indifference to the position of a picture, and of a letter, has been observed among backward races.

But they went slowly, with much half-whispered, sullen conferring and many a backward glance at Marius and those with him.

More than nine-tenths of these were made in Birmingham, and, of course, our tradesmen were not backward with their own specimens.


On this page you'll find 109 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to backward, such as: back, rearward, abaft, about, astern, and behind.

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