Rearward meaning

rîrwərd
Toward, to, or at the rear.
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The rear guard of an armed force.
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At or in the rear.
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A rearward direction, point, or position.
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At, in, or toward the rear.
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Backward; toward the rear.
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The part that comes last or is situated in the rear; conclusion; wind-up.
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The last troop; the rear of an army; a rear guard.

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The rearward seats of the bus were unpleasantly close to the toilet facilities.

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She stumbled rearward through the bus, hoping to make it to the toilet before she caused a mess.

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Origin of rearward

  • Middle English rerewarde from Anglo-Norman rere behind (from Latin retrō re- in Indo-European roots) warde guard (of Germanic origin wer-3 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • rear +"Ž -ward

    From Wiktionary