- Oriented toward the back.
"The battleship had three backwards guns at the stern, in addition to the primary complement."
- Clumsy, inept, or inefficient.
"He was a very backwards scholar, but he was a marvel on the football field."
- (derogatory) Behind current trends or technology.
"Modern medicine regards the use of leeches as a backwards practice."
"The backwards lettering on emergency vehicles makes it possible to read in the rear-view mirror."
- In the opposite direction to usual.
"The clock did not work because the battery was inserted backwards."
- Toward the back.
"Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.—Søren Kierkegaard"
- In a manner such that the back precedes the front.
"The tour guide walked backwards while droning on to the bored seniors."
"The cabinet toppled over backwards."