• He Went over Backwards 121
    He Went over Backwards 121
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Backwardation (Stock Exchange) The seller's postponement of delivery of stock or shares, with the consent of the buyer, upon payment of a premium to the latter; -- also, the premium so paid. See Contango.
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

So Straight he Leaned Backward 211 So Straight he Leaned Backward 211
A woman and her backwards umbrella form a letter K A woman and her backwards umbrella form a letter K

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An old law in Bellingham, Washington made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
    • n backwardation On the London Stock Exchange, the premium paid by a seller of stock for the privilege of postponing its delivery to the buyer until the next fortnightly settling-day. See contango.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baseball is the only sport that looks backwards in a mirror.
    • n Backwardation percentage paid by a seller of stock for keeping back its delivery till the following account
    • ***


  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Historians are prophets with their face turned backward.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    “Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.”
  • Ann Landers
    “Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.”
  • Fredrich
    “The historian looks backward. In the end he also believes backward.”


Bend over backwards - If someone bends over backwards, they do everything they can to help someone.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Backward, v. t. + -ation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Back, and affix Ward, Wards, in the direction of.


In literature:

He pricked his ear; his eye glanced backward with loving intelligence.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
As the boy toppled backward, Mike turned to face the other boy.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
This is generally caused by falling over backward and striking the poll, or perhaps falling forward on the nose, by a blow on the head, etc.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
He dropped into a walk that looked rapid, facing round and moving backward.
"Bonaventure" by George Washington Cable
It suddenly struck me she had the whole thing backwards.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
With the stunning report that followed, he rolled backward into the cabin and sprang to his feet.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
It was "Ben Butler's" special antic to fall over backward.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
Some feet above the two-inch rope ran an electric wire with a motor engine which propelled the car backwards and forwards.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The game consists in a race run backward on feet and hands (or "all fours") to the circles.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
He toppled backward and I went through the doorway.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings

In poetry:

That was what the engine said,
With a whoop and a hail
As he kept the rail,
Butting space backward with his head.
"What The Engine Says" by Alexander Anderson
You are passed beyond the door
To which no key we find:
Can you look backward to the earth.
Or is it dark behind ?
"The Relief Of Ladysmith." by Ethel Clifford
Sighs to see
What you are, and used to be,
Looking backward to the time
When you wrote your earliest rhyme!--
"A Worn-Out Pencil" by James Whitcomb Riley
By memory backwards borne,
Peraps his thoughts did stray
To that old place where he was born,
Upon the first of May.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
We hear the sound of the river,
An ever-lessening moan,
The hearts of us all turn backwards
To where he is left alone.
"Camp Follower's Song, Gomal River" by Laurence Hope
I never see a castle
That is gaunt and grey and grim,
But my thoughts at once go backward
To the past so misty and dim.
"A Castle Old And Grey" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Forward is really backward .
LETTER — America rejected GOP's backward ideology.
Americans rejected the GOP's divisive, obstructionist and backward ideology.
Man dies when vehicle rolls backward over him.
I never thought we'd be going backward .
But in almost every area the Mountaineers have gone backwards .
Voters' stark choice: Go forward or slip backward .
SEC's antibribery rule moves backward on transparency.
Josh Mandel's Family Calls Out Josh Mandel For His Backward Views on Gay Issues.
Memphis football coach Justin Fuente upset about step backward in latest loss.
NHL commish Gary Bettman "thoroughly disappointed" in three NHLPA offers, calls Thursday a "step backward " in negotiations.
Ann Coulter's backward use of the 'r-word'.
NHLPA offers three proposals, Gary Bettman calls them 'step backward '.
Dinosaur sites give visitors a peek backward in time.
Obama's slogan should be ' Backward .

In science:

The physical conditions that correspond to the ”forward” evolution are represented by x = xA (t), while the physical conditions that correspond to the ”backward” evolution are the time-reversal of x = xB (t).
Quantum Irreversibility of Energy Spreading
When Y is also backwards tame this map is in an appropriate sense a controlled local equivalence near Y .
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
The point of observing it directly from the proof is that eventually it is possible to run the argument backwards and derive the smoothing and triangulation structure theory from controlled theorems.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
We also did not take into account that there exist, for the small wave packet, backward transitions from higher levels to low ones, that must be discarded in the realistic model (since charmonium will dissociate).
Space-Time Evolution of the Oscillator, Rapidly moving in a random media
But it may also be the case that the new information β makes us revise backwards and conclude that it must be the case that α1 or, respectively, α2 was (before the new information) the better theory and, in this case, the revised theory should be α1 ∗ β or α2 ∗ β .
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision