Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
1. Directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances.
2. Unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath.
For wiser brutes were backward to be slaves.
3. Not well advanced in learning; not quick of apprehension; dull; inapt; as, a backward child. The backward learner."
4. Late or behindhand; as, a backward season.
5. Not advanced in civilization; undeveloped; as, the country or region is in a backward state.
6. Already past or gone; bygone. [R.]
And flies unconscious o'er each backward year.
Back"ward, n. The state behind or past. [Obs.]
In the dark backward and abysm of time.
Back"ward, v. i. To keep back; to hinder. [Obs.]