from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Backward and forward; to and fro.
- adv. From side to side.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. From one place to another and back again.
- adj. Going from one place or position to another and back again.
- n. The movement (of someone or something) forward followed by a return to the same position. May refer to a concept such as an emotional state or a relationship as well as a physical thing.
- n. Negotiations or discussions between two or more parties, a dialog.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. backwards and forwards; to and fro.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. moving from one place to another and back again
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The headmaster stepped aside, and Mrs. Naylor strode back and forth along the front window, eyeing us like new recruits into her personal army of pain.
Saw them weaving back and forth in the dance: Ishmael and Biddy, like brother and sister, Ish's face solemn, though his eyes smiled.
Over the next ten days or so, I was going back and forth with Chuck McGee about how to implement the phone program, while talking to Ken Gross to see if it was legal.
These were the tomatoes she had saved from the hail, then babied through the season, spading around the base of each plant to allow the roots to breathe, and trudging back and forth from the windmill with buckets of water.
Alice and Silas went back and forth from living at the Picketts' to living with us.
THE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE jostled back and forth over the streets of Paris.
She ferried flatirons back and forth from the fire for reheating, hauled water from the pump, and carried wood to the fire.
She waved her black-lacquered fingernail back and forth over Noelles neckline.
Christophers views were less settled; he tended to move back and forth between more or less engagement, often reflecting where he thought the president might end up.
A Yellow shell, holding a newly hatched charge, clicked the nonsense rhythms of Nasat nurturing songs as he swayed back and forth in his seat-hammock.