rearward
I. noun Etymology: Middle English rerewarde, from Anglo-French rereguard, rerewarde rear guard Date: 14th century rear; especially the rear division (as of an army) II. adjective Etymology: 2rear + -ward Date: 1598 1. located at, near, or toward the rear 2. directed toward the rear <
a rearward glance
>
III. adverb also rearwards Date: 1625 at, near, or toward the rear ; backward <
looking rearward
>

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  • Rearward — Rear ward ( w[ e]rd), a. & adv. At or toward the rear. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rearward — Rear ward (r[=e]r w[add]rd w[ e]rd), n. [Rear + ward.] The last troop; the rear of an army; a rear guard. Also used figuratively. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rearward — index back (in reverse) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • rearward — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ directed towards the back. ► ADVERB (also rearwards) ▪ towards the back …   English terms dictionary

  • rearward — rearward1 [rir′wôrd΄] n. [ME rerewarde < Anglo Fr: see REAR GUARD & WARD] archaic var. of REAR1 rearward2 [rear′wərdzrir′wərd] adj. [ REAR1 + WARD] a …   English World dictionary

  • rearward — [[t]rɪ͟ə(r)wə(r)d[/t]] ADV: ADV with v If something moves or faces rearward, it moves or faces backwards. ...a rearward facing infant carrier... The centre of pressure moves rearward and the aeroplane becomes unbalanced. Syn: backward Ant:… …   English dictionary

  • rearward — 1. adjective /ˈɹiɹ.wɝ d/ Toward the back or rear of something. The rearward seats of the bus were unpleasantly close to the toilet facilities. 2. adverb /ˈɹiɹ.wɝ d/ Toward the back or rear of …   Wiktionary

  • rearward — n., adj., & adv. n. rear, esp. in prepositional phrases (to the rearward of; in the rearward). adj. to the rear. adv. (also rearwards) towards the rear. Etymology: AF rerewarde = REARGUARD …   Useful english dictionary

  • rearward — rearwardness, n. /rear weuhrd/ for 1 4; /rear wawrd/ for 5, adv. 1. Also, rearwards. toward or in the rear. adj., 2. located in, near, or toward the rear. 3. directed toward the rear. n. 4. a position at the rear: in the rearward of fashion. 5.… …   Universalium

  • rearward — adj. Rearward is used with these nouns: ↑movement …   Collocations dictionary

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