Definition of rearward in English:



  • Directed towards the back.

    ‘a slight rearward movement’
    • ‘If you are riding down a straightaway at speed with somebody closing in on you, you can literally feel a rearward tug as they move into your slipstream.’
    • ‘Keeping the muzzle down can provide - when used in conjunction with a rearward step - the ability to lift the muzzle direction onto a threat should they grab your hands or muzzle.’
    • ‘A recoil spring ‘disconnector’ was another improvement, enabling the slide easy rearward travel - whereas previously only strong hands could operate it.’
    • ‘Retiring the torsion bars used previously in 4x4 applications was the key to adding recession (controlled rearward wheel movement over bumps) in the front suspension.’
    • ‘Trigger pull weight is listed as 3 1/2 to 4 lb. There was a little bit of rearward movement before the break of the shot.’
    • ‘Adduction of the scapulae takes place in the shoulder girdle where the scapulae move in toward the spine together with the rearward movement of the arms.’
    • ‘You can go ‘down’ as you go forward, but when you go back, it probably won't surface, due to the rearward motion pushing the tail down, and thereby rotating the propellors to the horizontal.’
    • ‘The grooves engaging the stud during rearward movement were shallower than those engaging the stud during forward movement.’
    • ‘The breech-face on a revolver takes a tremendous beating as it stops the rearward thrust of the fired cartridge.’
    • ‘The rearward force generated by flying males was compared with the force required to turn the pivot in order to determine if mechanical resistance from the direction indicator pivot might impede changes of flight direction.’
    • ‘As the gas burns, it moves rapidly rearward, propelling the aircraft forward.’
    • ‘Hence, the gun comes back, and every part of the grasping hand comes back with it, except the trigger finger, which is left behind when the trigger pulls back away from it during the rearward recoil movement.’
    • ‘The ‘car’ is powered by four engines, similar to standard car engines, which power enclosed fans in rotating nacelles (providing downward and rearward thrust).’
    • ‘We suggest that the forward and rearward movements involved actin dynamics.’
    • ‘The slope of the cell edge was measured from the same kymograph, allowing us to correlate cell edge dynamics with rearward movement of the cytoskeleton.’
    • ‘We observed that the speed of rearward movement and the speed of edge protrusion do not sum to a constant value, implying that actin polymerization at the leading edge is not constant through time.’
    • ‘This forces the bolt carrier to the rear within the already rearward moving barreled receiver.’
    • ‘This is a surprisingly beneficial addition that prevents excessive rearward trigger movement after the shot breaks.’
    • ‘Backlash, the rearward movement of the trigger after sear release, was horrendous.’
    • ‘However, if it occurred in this experiment, the trapping force was at its maximum at the beginning of the failure, and hence the rearward motion of the bead would start with a maximum velocity, which was not the case here.’
    rear, hind, back, hinder
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  • Towards the back.

    ‘the engine nozzles point rearward’
    • ‘The front wheels see most of the power most of the time, but ‘Intelligent Torque Management ‘diverts the engine's efforts rearwards as required when the front wheels lose traction.’’
    • ‘Keep your abs tight, your back flat and your hips rearward - as if you're squatting - during the standing portion of the workout.’
    • ‘With a full tank of fuel, the weight bias shifts rearwards slightly, which helps traction, as does the standard limited slip differential.’
    • ‘A deflection is the horizontal clockwise angle measured from the line of fire or rearward extension of the line of fire to the line of sight of a designated aiming point with the vertex of the angle at the sight (pantel).’
    • ‘When Dickinson glanced rearward he saw a Japanese plane on fire and losing altitude and speed.’
    • ‘In a child seat that is facing rearward, the harness straps should be at or below the level of the shoulder.’
    • ‘Apparently the handling is so good because the gearbox is between the rear wheels, giving a slightly rearward weight bias.’
    • ‘The drop-in module, which adds to the stiffness and torsional rigidity of the whole vehicle, ties the car together from the seats rearward and from b-pillar to b-pillar.’
    • ‘Natkin points rearward and says proudly, ‘That's not an antenna; it's a fuel-storage-system high-pressure vent.’’
    • ‘Communications are also critical for command and control of evacuation assets rearward.’
    • ‘Stylistically, the estate version is by far the most pleasing to the eye, as the body profile has been redesigned more or less from the windscreen pillars rearwards.’
    • ‘Up front is a short- and long-arm design with lower control arms that face rearward and a 24-mm anti-roll bar.’
    • ‘Things they would watch for included smoke or fire from a hot box, shifted loads, dragging equipment, evidenced by signs of freshly damaged ties etc. as seen from a rearward look.’
    • ‘The ergonomic bar has a shallower drop and a more rearward bend (on top), and the shorter-reach shifter/brake levers allowed for a more comfortable ride in the drops.’
    • ‘With this in mind, removing the central rear headrest appreciably improves rearward visibility.’
    • ‘The only visible change between the gun envisioned last year and the one produced this year is in the shape of the handle; there's more of a rearward sweep to it, making it a little easier to reach from the shouldered position.’
    • ‘As the slide starts to move (this doesn't occur until the bullet has cleared the muzzle), the bolt rotates, unlocks and moves rearward, ejecting the empty shell.’
    • ‘As it is, rearward visibility with the hood up is minimal with no rear three-quarters vision whatsoever.’
    • ‘From the ‘B’ pillar rearwards, the body is completely new and great care has been taken to give it both elegant looks and true practicality.’
    • ‘With its bodywork completely redesigned from the B pillar rearwards, the new model is particularly well conceived and the fit and finish is first class.’
    backwards, behind one, to one's rear, rearwards
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usually in/at/on the rearward
  • The part or position at the back of something.

    ‘it would occupy its position in the advance, not in the rearward of the times’
    • ‘Come in the rearward of a conquered woe.’


Middle English (as a noun denoting the rear part of an army): from Anglo-Norman French rerewarde ‘rearguard’; the adjective dates from the early 17th century and is from rear + -ward.