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Definition of "rearward" [rear•ward]

  • Toward, to, or at the rear. (adverb)
  • At or in the rear. (adjective)
  • A rearward direction, point, or position. (noun)
  • The rear guard of an armed force. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rearward" in a sentence
  • "The rod that extend up through the receiver to stop the bolt travel rearward is prone to break with repeated hard slams."
  • "Ford has adopted the new-style mirrors on many models, and not a moment too soon, as there is a backwards trend now in rearward visibility."
  • "Champions of the Dry Tree, but a great battle of footmen came against the Shepherds and the rest of Ralph's footmen, but in their rearward was a company of well-horsed men-at-arms; and all of them were well armed and went right orderly and warrior-like."