from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Back and forth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Back and forth; with an alternating motion.
- v. To go back and forth; to alternate.
- adj. Pertaining to something or someone moving forward and back to the same position.
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- prep. forward and back. In this phrase, to is adverbial.
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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A few minutes and Hilda and Mr. Feuerstein were seated on a bench in the deep shadow of a tree, Sophie and Heilig walking slowly to and fro a short distance away.
Great was the wrath of Foo Chou, and such the questioning and gesticulating and running to and fro that grandfather Foo had to move his charges quite two blocks away to escape being trodden upon.
It was so unlike a common country alarm, where everybody rushed up and down the streets, crying ` ` Fire! fire! f-i-r-e! '' and went hurrying to and fro for pails of water to help put it out.
And so when she was dead the corpse and the bed all was led the next way unto Thames, and there a man, and the corpse, and all, were put into Thames; and so the man steered the barget unto Westminster, and there he rowed a great while to and fro or any espied it.
The embalmment process took ninety days, so it would be fully three months between death and the sealing up of the opening high on the door wall; embalmer priests would shuttle to and fro with their instruments and natron, the sour, acrid salts they obtained from Lake Tritonis on the margin of the Roman African province.
Cologne salesmen walked to and fro with huge atomizers, puffing scent on men who staggered under burdens of bricks, and ladder peddlers carried their wares on their head, nearly knocking down tall men every time they looked both ways to cross the road.
SENATOR CADOGAN paced to and fro in his private parlour, and smoked small brown weak cigars.
As she wandered to and fro on the platform of the headless statues, taking in the sights, her shoes clicked rhythmically against the stone, almost like she was tap-dancing.
When he glanced back from a safe distance Dippel was waving to and fro on his wobbling legs, talking to a cabman.
Subjectivism, has been swaying its adherents to and fro from orthodoxy to Pietism, from Rationalism to Indifferentism.