rear /ˈrɪr, ||ˈrær ||ˈrɛr/
Rear adv. Early; soon. [Prov. Eng.]
Then why does Cuddy leave his cot so rear? --Gay.
1. The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last in 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.]
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 courser 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 stir 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.
adj : located in or toward the back or rear; "the chair's rear
legs"; "the rear door of the plane"; "on the rearward
side" [syn: rear(a), rearward(a)]
n 1: the back of a military formation or procession; "infantrymen
were in the rear" [ant: head]
2: the side of an object that is opposite its front; "his room
was toward the rear of the hotel" [syn: backside, back
end] [ant: front]
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" [syn: back] [ant: 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?" [syn: buttocks, nates,
arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament,
hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat,
rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end,
tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny,
5: the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote
the date on the back of the photograph" [syn: back]
v 1: stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds; "The horse reared
in terror" [syn: rise up]
2: bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn: raise,
bring up, nurture, parent]
3: rise up; "The building rose before them" [syn: rise, lift]
4: cause to rise up [syn: erect]
5: construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn" [syn: raise, erect,
set up, put up] [ant: level]