What does REAR mean?

Definitions for REARrɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word REAR.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rear(noun)

    the back of a military formation or procession

    "infantrymen were in the rear"

  2. rear, backside, back end(noun)

    the side of an object that is opposite its front

    "his room was toward the rear of the hotel"

  3. back, rear(noun)

    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"

  4. 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(noun)

    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?"

  5. rear, back(adj)

    the side that goes last or is not normally seen

    "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"

  6. rear(a), rearward(a)(verb)

    located in or toward the back or rear

    "the chair's rear legs"; "the rear door of the plane"; "on the rearward side"

  7. rear, rise up(verb)

    stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds

    "The horse reared in terror"

  8. rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent(verb)

    bring up

    "raise a family"; "bring up children"

  9. rise, lift, rear(verb)

    rise up

    "The building rose before them"

  10. rear, erect(verb)

    cause to rise up

  11. raise, erect, rear, set up, put up(verb)

    construct, build, or erect

    "Raise a barn"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rear(adverb)

    early; soon

  2. Rear(noun)

    the back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last in order; -- opposed to front

  3. Rear(noun)

    specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest

  4. Rear(adj)

    being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company

  5. Rear(verb)

    to place in the rear; to secure the rear of

  6. Rear(verb)

    to raise; to lift up; to cause to rise, become erect, etc.; to elevate; as, to rear a monolith

  7. Rear(verb)

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

  8. Rear(verb)

    to lift and take up

  9. Rear(verb)

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

  10. Rear(verb)

    to breed and raise; as, to rear cattle

  11. Rear(verb)

    to rouse; to stir up

  12. Rear(verb)

    to rise up on the hind legs, as a horse; to become erect

  13. Origin: [OF. riere behind, backward, fr. L. retro. Cf. Arrear.]


  1. Rear

    In military parlance, the rear is the part of concentration of military forces that is farthest from the enemy. The rear typically contains all elements of the force necessary to support combat forces - food, medical supplies and substantial shelters, planners and command headquarters.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rear

    rēr, n. the back or hindmost part: the last part of an army or fleet.—ns. Rear′-ad′miral, an officer of the third rank, who commands the rear division of a fleet; Rear′dorse, an open fireplace, without a chimney, against the rear wall of a room; Rear′-front, the rear-rank of a body of troops when faced about; Rear′-guard, troops which protect the rear of an army; Rear′horse, an insect of the family Mantidæ; Rear′ing-bit, a bit to prevent a horse from lifting his head when rearing; Rear′ing-box, in fish-culture, a fish-breeder; Rear′-line, the last rank of a battalion, &c., drawn up in open order; Rear′most, last of all; Rear′-rank, the hindermost rank of a body of troops; Rear′ward, Rere′ward, (B.), the rear-guard, the part which comes last. [O. Fr. riere—L. retro, behind.]

  2. Rear

    rēr, v.t. to bring up to maturity: to educate: to erect: (Milt.) to lift upward, as steps: (Spens.) to carry off by force: to stir up.—v.i. to rise on the hind-legs, as a horse.—n. Rear′er, one who rears or raises: in coal-mines, a seam having an inclination of more than 30°. [A.S. rǽran, to raise, the causal of rísan, to rise.]

  3. Rear

    rēr, adj. early: underdone.—adjs. Rear′-boiled; Rear′-roast′ed. [Rare.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'REAR' in Nouns Frequency: #2755

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'REAR' in Adjectives Frequency: #811


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of REAR in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of REAR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Russel Meiring:

    What we do know is that one vehicle rear ended the other.

  2. District Attorney Paul Howard:

    Burns was safely standing at the rear of his own patrol vehicle.

  3. Russell Griffin:

    Attention is needed for safety technology in the rear of vehicles.

  4. Dudley Moore:

    The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.

  5. Assyrian Proverb:

    Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear and man from all sides.

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Translations for REAR

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • الخلفيArabic
  • zadní, vychovatCzech
  • aufrichten, erziehen, Nachhut, großziehen, aufziehenGerman
  • nyiEwe
  • οπισθοφυλακήGreek
  • retaguardia, erigir, criar, posteriorSpanish
  • peräpää, takaosa, taka-, pystyttää, nostaa, kasvattaa, [[nousta]] [[takajalka, takajoukko, perä, kohottaaFinnish
  • derrière, élever, arrière, ériger, arrière-gardeFrench
  • tógIrish
  • togScottish Gaelic
  • hátsó, hátvédHungarian
  • belakangIndonesian
  • edukarIdo
  • sollevare, retro, retroguardia, sollevarsi, crescere, innalzare, edificare, didietro, elevare, posterioreItalian
  • 飼育する, しんがり, 後ろ, 育てる, 後方の, 後ろの, 後ろ足立ちする, 後方, そびえ立つJapanese
  • پێگه‌یشتن, په‌روه‌رده‌ کردنKurdish
  • audzinātLatvian
  • tānapu, whakatupu, muri, kumu, whakatipuMāori
  • steigeren, oprichten, achterkant, opvoeden, construeren, verheffen, achterwerk, achtereind, grootbrengen, achterste, achter, achterhoede, kwekenDutch
  • څټ, شاPashto, Pushto
  • alçar, erguer, criar, zaga, traseiro, traseira, erigir, retaguarda, construir, levantarPortuguese
  • вставать на дыбы, воздвигать, выращивать, возводить, возносить, тыл, задняя часть, воспитывать, сооружать, возвышать, поднимать, воспитать, возвысить, задняя сторона, соорудить, водвигнуть, поднять, задний, вырастить, возвести, вознестиRussian
  • ด้านหลังThai
  • phía sauVietnamese
  • dirîWalloon

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