Etymology
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rearward (adv.)

"at or to the rear," 1590s, from rear (adj.) + -ward. It had been used in Middle English as a noun meaning "the part of an army behind the main body" (i.e. "rear guard").

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Definitions of rearward
1
rearward (adj.)
located in or toward the back or rear;
on the rearward side
Synonyms: rear
rearward (adj.)
directed or moving toward the rear;
a rearward movement
a rearward glance
Synonyms: reverse
2
rearward (n.)
direction toward the rear;
his outfit marched to the rearward of the tank divisions
3
rearward (adv.)
at or to or toward the back or rear;
she looked rearward out the window of the car
Synonyms: back / backward / backwards / rearwards
From wordnet.princeton.edu