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Toward, to, or at the rear.
At or in the rear.
A rearward direction, point, or position.
The rear guard of an armed force.
towards or in the rear. Also (for adverb only): rearwards
(Military) a position in the rear, esp the rear division of a military formation
[C14 (as a noun: the part of an army positioned behind the main body of troops): from Anglo-French rerewarde, variant of reregarde; see rearguard]
rear•ward(ˈrɪər wərd for 1-4; -wɔrd for 5 )
1. Also, rear′wards. toward or in the rear.adj.
2. located in, near, or toward the rear.
3. directed toward the rear.n.
4. a position at the rear.
5. the rear division of a military unit.
[1300–50; Middle English rerewarde < Anglo-French]
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|Noun||1.||rearward - direction toward the rear; "his outfit marched to the rearward of the tank divisions"|
|Adj.||1.||rearward - located in or toward the back or rear; "the chair's rear legs"; "the rear door of the plane"; "on the rearward side"|
back - related to or located at the back; "the back yard"; "the back entrance"
|2.||rearward - directed or moving toward the rear; "a rearward glance"; "a rearward movement"|
backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"
|Adv.||1.||rearward - 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"|