Definitions for: Rear


[n] the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
[n] the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
[n] the back of a military formation or procession; "infantrymen were in the rear"
[n] the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer; "he stood at the back of the stage"; "it was hidden in the rear of the store"
[n] the side of an object that is opposite its front; "his room was toward the rear of the hotel"
[v] construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn"
[v] as of quadrupeds
[v] cause to rise up
[v] bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"
[v] rise up; "The building rose before them"



Webster (1913) Definition: Rear, adv.
Early; soon. [Prov. Eng.]

Then why does Cuddy leave his cot so rear! --Gay.


Rear, n. [OF. riere behind, backward, fr. L. retro. Cf.
Arrear.]
1. The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last
on order; -- opposed to front.

Nipped with the lagging rear of winter's frost.
--Milton.

2. Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes
last, or is stationed behind the rest.

When the fierce foe hung on our broken rear.
--Milton.


Rear, a.
Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear
rank of a company.

Rear admiral, an officer in the navy, next in rank below a
vice admiral, and above a commodore. See Admiral.

Rear front (Mil.), the rear rank of a body of troops when
faced about and standing in that position.

Rear guard (Mil.), the division of an army that marches in
the rear of the main body to protect it; -- used also
figuratively.

Rear line (Mil.), the line in the rear of an army.

Rear rank (Mil.), the rank or line of a body of troops
which is in the rear, or last in order.

Rear sight (Firearms), the sight nearest the breech.

To bring up the rear, to come last or behind.


Rear, v. t.
To place in the rear; to secure the rear of. [R.]


Rear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reared; p. pr. & vb. n.
Rearing.] [AS. r[=ae]ran to raise, rear, elevate, for
r[=ae]san, causative of r[=i]san to rise. See Rise, and cf.
Raise.]
1. To raise; to lift up; to cause to rise, become erect,
etc.; to elevate; as, to rear a monolith.

In adoration at his feet I fell Submiss; he reared
me. --Milton.

It reareth our hearts from vain thoughts. --Barrow.

Mine [shall be] the first hand to rear her banner.
--Ld. Lytton.

2. To erect by building; to set up; to construct; as, to rear
defenses or houses; to rear one government on the ruins of
another.

One reared a font of stone. --Tennyson.

3. To lift and take up. [Obs. or R.]

And having her from Trompart lightly reared, Upon
his set the lovely load. --Spenser.

4. To bring up to maturity, as young; to educate; to
instruct; to foster; as, to rear offspring.

He wants a father to protect his youth, And rear him
up to virtue. --Southern.

5. To breed and raise; as, to rear cattle.

6. To rouse; to strip up. [Obs.]

And seeks the tusky boar to rear. --Dryden.

Syn: To lift; elevate; erect; raise, build; establish. See
the Note under Raise, 3
(c) .


Rear, v. i.
To rise up on the hind legs, as a horse; to become erect.

Rearing bit, a bit designed to prevent a horse from lifting
his head when rearing. --Knight.

Synonyms: arse, ass, back, back, back end, backside, backside, behind, bottom, bring up, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, can, derriere, erect, erect, fanny, fundament, hind end, hindquarters, keister, lift, nates, nurture, parent, posterior, prat, put up, raise, raise, rear end, rise, rise up, rump, seat, set up, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush

Antonyms: dismantle, forepart, front, front, front end, head, level, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down

See Also: after part, appear, body, body part, bring up, build, cock up, construct, cradle, elevate, empennage, face, fledge, formation, foster, get up, grow up, hulk, lift, look, loom, make, nape, nucha, pitch, place, poop, position, predominate, prick, prick up, quarter, raise, rear back, rearward, scruff, seem, set up, side, side, stern, straighten, tail, tail assembly, torso, tower, trunk

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