Definitions of rear

  1. the side that goes last or is not normally seen; " he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
  2. 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"
  3. the side of an object that is opposite its front; " his room was toward the rear of the hotel"
  4. bring up; " raise a family"; " bring up children"
  5. cause to rise up
  6. construct, build, or erect; " Raise a barn"
  7. rise up; " The building rose before them"
  8. the back of a military formation or procession; " infantrymen were in the rear"
  9. as of quadrupeds
  10. located in or toward the back or rear; " the chair's rear legs"; " the rear door of the plane"; " on the rearward side"
  11. stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds; " The horse reared in terror"
  12. Early; soon.
  13. Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest.
  14. Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company.
  15. To place in the rear; to secure the rear of.
  16. To raise; to lift up; to cause to rise, become erect, etc.; to elevate; as, to rear a monolith.
  17. To erect by building; to set up; to construct; as, to rear defenses or houses; to rear one government on the ruins of another.
  18. To lift and take up.
  19. To bring up to maturity, as young; to educate; to instruct; to foster; as, to rear offspring.
  20. To breed and raise; as, to rear cattle.
  21. To rouse; to stir up.
  22. To rise up on the hind legs, as a horse; to become erect.
  23. The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last in order; - opposed to front.
  24. The back or hinder part; as the rear of a building; place or position behind; as, the garden is at the rear of the house; background; that part of a fleet or army behind the rest.
  25. To raise or lift up; elevate; as, to rear a telegraph pole; build up; erect; as, to rear a palace; bring up; educate; as, to rear children.
  26. To rise up, especially on the hind legs.
  27. Pertaining to, or situated at, the back part; rear guard, the part of an army stationed behind the main body to guard it from the rear; rear admiral, in the United States Navy, an officer ranking next below the admiral.
  28. The back or hindmost part: the last part of an army or fleet.
  29. ( orig.) To raise: to bring up to maturity: to educate: to stir up.
  30. To rise on the hind- legs, as a horse.
  31. Hinder.
  32. The back part; last part of an army or fleet.
  33. To raise; bring up; erect.
  34. To raise; elevate; set up; bring up; nurture and train, as children; raise, as animals.
  35. To rise upright, as a horse upon its hind legs.
  36. Being in the rear; last; hindmost.
  37. The hindmost part or position.
  38. That which is behind; the last in order; the part of an army or of a fleet which is behind the other. In the rear, behind the rest.
  39. To raise; to lift after a fall; to bring up; to educate; to breed.
  40. The part behind the rest; the part of any army of fleet behind the other; the last class; the last in order.
  41. To raise; to stir or rouse up; to breed and bring up to maturity, as cattle; to educate or instruct; to rise on the hind legs, as a horse.

Usage examples for rear

  1. You can't rear a man on politics. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. The guard moved on, and the doctor came upon the little force, firing going on again in the rear. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  3. And his lordship went quickly down the stairs, Mr. Green following hard upon his heels, and her ladyship bringing up the rear. – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  4. " We had better go around to the rear of the house and see if we can't get in by the back door," suggested Vera. – Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore by Pauline Lester
  5. Looken to see all's well to the rear as to the front? – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse
  6. The flames increased until they were reflected on the wall of brick in the rear, and it seemed to Jip as if the shed must already be in a blaze. – An Amateur Fireman by James Otis
  7. The guard brings up the rear. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  8. Yavapai Joe climbed into the rear seat with the officer and his prisoner. – When A Man's A Man by Harold Bell Wright
  9. The Brescians are up:- that's an hour that has struck, and there's no calling it to move a step in the rear. – Vittoria, v8 by George Meredith
  10. Stufton, go to the rear of the house, and send the first six men you come to around to me. – A Lieutenant at Eighteen by Oliver Optic
  11. The dining- hall, which I have before mentioned, was in the rear of this. – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  12. To the rear, pipe- master!" – NAPOLEON AND BLUCHER by L. Muhlbach
  13. I then joined my own band, whom I had left in the rear; you know all. – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  14. Our army must look only to the front, keep its eye open, and forget that there was such a thing as its rear. – Siege of Washington, D.C. by F. Colburn Adams
  15. Nice state of affairs to beat the Americans, and all the time leave the way open for those wretched blacks to take us in the rear. – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
  16. Jane returned to the cabin where the only light was the one over her seat at the rear. – Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines by Ruthe S. Wheeler
  17. Your living- rooms are in the rear of the office. – The Snow-Burner by Henry Oyen
  18. Princess Lamballe and Madame Tourzel brought up the rear. – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official