1. On the side opposite the front or nearest part; on the back side of; at the back of; on the other side of; as, behind a door; behind a hill.
A tall Brabanter, behind whom I stood. --Bp. Hall.
2. Left after the departure of, whether this be by removing to a distance or by death.
A small part of what he left behind him. --Pope.
3. Left a distance by, in progress of improvement Hence: Inferior to in dignity, rank, knowledge, or excellence, or in any achievement.
I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. --2 Cor. xi. 5.
1. At the back part; in the rear. “I shall not lag behind.”
2. Toward the back part or rear; backward; as, to look behind.
3. Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining.
We can not be sure that there is no evidence behind. --Locke.
4. Backward in time or order of succession; past.
Forgetting those things which are behind. --Phil. ii. 13.
5. After the departure of another; as, to stay behind.
Leave not a rack behind. --Shak.
Be·hind, n. The backside; the rump. [Low]
adj : having the lower score or lagging position in a contest;
"behind by two points"; "the 8th inning found the home
team trailing" [syn: behind(p), trailing]
n : 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?" [syn: 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, derriere, fanny, ass]
adv 1: in or to or toward the rear; "he followed behind"; "seen
from behind, the house is more imposing than it is
from the front"; "the final runners were far behind"
2: remaining in a place or condition that has been left or
departed from; "when he died he left much unfinished work
behind"; "left a large family behind"; "the children left
their books behind"; "he took off with a squeal of tires
and left the other cars far behind"
3: of timepieces; "the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch
is running behind" [syn: slow]
4: in or into an inferior position; "fell behind in his
studies"; "their business was lagging behind in the
competition for customers"
5: in debt; "he fell behind with his mortgage payments"; "a
month behind in the rent"; "a company that has been run
behindhand for years"; "in arrears with their utility
bills" [syn: behindhand, in arrears]