AskDefine | Define rearward

Dictionary Definition

rearward adj
1 directed or moving toward the rear; "a rearward glance"; "a rearward movement" [syn: reverse]
2 located in or toward the back or rear; "the chair's rear legs"; "the rear door of the plane"; "on the rearward side" [syn: rear(a), rearward(a)] n : direction toward the rear; "his outfit marched to the rearward of the tank divisions" adv : at or to or toward the back or rear; "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car" [syn: back, backward, backwards, rearwards] [ant: forward]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a US /ˈɹiɹ.wɝ d/


  1. Toward the back or rear of something.
    The rearward seats of the bus were unpleasantly close to the toilet facilities.


  1. Toward the back or rear of something.
    She stumbled rearward through the bus, hoping to make it to the toilet before she caused a mess.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a rebours, a reculons, aft, after, aftermost, afterpart, afterpiece, against the grain, anticlockwise, arear, ass-backwards, astern, away, back, back door, back seat, back side, backward, backwards, behind, breech, counterclockwise, fro, heel, hind, hind end, hind part, hinder, hindermost, hindhand, hindhead, hindmost, hindward, hindwards, in reverse, occiput, posterior, posteriorly, postern, rear, rear end, rearmost, rearwards, retrad, retrograde, reverse, stern, tail, tail end, tailpiece, tailward, tailwards, to the rear, widdershins
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