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English Dictionary: rear by the DICT Development Group
7 results for rear
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. located in or toward the back or rear; "the chair's rear legs"; "the rear door of the plane"; "on the rearward side"
    Synonym(s): rear(a), rearward(a)
  1. the back of a military formation or procession; "infantrymen were in the rear"
    Antonym(s): head
  2. the side of an object that is opposite its front; "his room was toward the rear of the hotel"
    Synonym(s): rear, backside, back end
    Antonym(s): forepart, front, front end
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): back, rear
    Antonym(s): front
  4. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
    Synonym(s): buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass
  5. the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
    Synonym(s): rear, back
    Antonym(s): front
  1. stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds; "The horse reared in terror"
    Synonym(s): rear, rise up
  2. bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"
    Synonym(s): rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent
  3. rise up; "The building rose before them"
    Synonym(s): rise, lift, rear
  4. cause to rise up
    Synonym(s): rear, erect
  5. construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn"
    Synonym(s): raise, erect, rear, set up, put up
    Antonym(s): dismantle, level, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rear \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
      {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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rear \Rear\, adv.
      Early; soon. [Prov. Eng.]
               Then why does Cuddy leave his cot so rear! --Gay.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rear \Rear\, n. [OF. riere behind, backward, fr. L. retro. Cf.
      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.
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rear \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rear \Rear\, v. t.
      To place in the rear; to secure the rear of. [R.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rear \Rear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reared}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Rearing}.] [AS. r[aemac]ran to raise, rear, elevate, for
      r[aemac]san, causative of r[c6]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
                     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) .
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