simple past tense and past participle of switch
Oriented toward the back.
‘The battleship had three backwards guns at the stern, in addition to the primary complement.’;
‘The backwards lettering on emergency vehicles makes it possible to read in the rear-view mirror.’;
(derogatory) Behind current trends or technology.
‘Modern medicine regards the use of leeches as a backwards practice.’;
Clumsy, inept, or inefficient, especially in learning.
‘He was a very backwards scholar, but he was a marvel on the football field.’;
Toward the back.
‘The cabinet toppled over backwards.’; ‘Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.—Søren Kierkegaard’;
In the opposite direction to usual.
‘The clock did not work because the battery was inserted backwards.’;
In a manner such that the back precedes the front.
‘The tour guide walked backwards while droning on to the bored seniors.’;
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’;
in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal;
‘it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'’; ‘the child put her jersey on backward’;
(of a movement) in the direction of one's back
‘he took a step backwards’; ‘Penny glanced backwards’;
(of an object's motion) back towards the starting point
‘the tape rolled backwards’;
in reverse of the usual direction or order
‘count backwards from twenty to ten’;
towards the past
‘the songs look backwards to long-ago battles’;
towards or into a worse state
‘a step backwards for the economy’;