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Definitions for behind
bɪˈhaɪndbe·hind

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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, assadjective

    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?"

  2. behind(p)adverb

    having the lower score or lagging position in a contest

    "behind by two points"; "the 8th inning found the home team trailing"

  3. behindadverb

    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"

  4. behindadverb

    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"

  5. behind, slowadverb

    of timepieces

    "the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch is running behind"

  6. behindadverb

    in or into an inferior position

    "fell behind in his studies"; "their business was lagging behind in the competition for customers"

  7. behind, behindhand, in arrearsadverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. behindnoun

    the rear, back-end

  2. behindnoun

    bottom, downside

  3. behindnoun

    butt, the buttocks

  4. behindnoun

    A 1 point score.

    1880: A roar from ten thousand throats go up,For we've kicked another behind. uE000125107uE001 "The Opening Ball" in Comic Australian Verse, ed. G. Lehmann, 1975. Quoted in G. A. Wilkes, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms, second edition, 1985, Sydney University Press, ISBN 0-424-00113-6.

  5. behindnoun

    an 1800s baseball term meaning the catcher

  6. behindadverb

    At the back part; in the rear.

  7. behindadverb

    Toward the back part or rear; backward; as, to look behind.

  8. behindadverb

    Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining.

  9. behindadverb

    Backward in time or order of succession; past.

  10. behindadverb

    After the departure of another; as, to stay behind.

  11. behindpreposition

    at the back of

  12. behindpreposition

    to the back of

  13. behindpreposition

    after, time- or motion-wise

  14. behindpreposition

    responsible for

  15. behindpreposition

    in support of

    The republicans are fully behind their candidate.

  16. Etymology: From behindan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Behindadjective

    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

  2. Behindadjective

    left after the departure of, whether this be by removing to a distance or by death

  3. Behindadjective

    left a distance by, in progress of improvement Hence: Inferior to in dignity, rank, knowledge, or excellence, or in any achievement

  4. Behindadverb

    at the back part; in the rear

  5. Behindadverb

    toward the back part or rear; backward; as, to look behind

  6. Behindadverb

    not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining

  7. Behindadverb

    backward in time or order of succession; past

  8. Behindadverb

    after the departure of another; as, to stay behind

  9. Behindnoun

    the backside; the rump

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Behind

    be-hīnd′, prep. at the back of (place, or as support): remaining after or coming after (time, rank, order): inferior to, or not so far advanced as.—adv. at the back, in the rear: backward: past.—adj. or adv. Behind′hand, being behind: tardy, or in arrears of debt, &c.: clandestine. [A.S. behindan; Ger. hinten. See Hind.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behind' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #451

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behind' in Written Corpus Frequency: #684

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behind' in Adverbs Frequency: #227

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of behind in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of behind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of behind in a Sentence

  1. Frank DeAngelis:

    I saw a gunman coming towards me and everything was in slow motion, but I so vividly remember the sounds of the gunshots breaking the glass behind me.

  2. Dominic Grieve:

    I freely admit that one of the purposes behind these amendments is to try to ensure that this extraordinary threat ... - that we should be prorogued - can be banged on the head.

  3. Kathryn Kellogg:

    Recycling should really be viewed as a last resort rather than the first line of defense, we need to be recycling less, not more. The zero-waste community is going above and beyond recycling by addressing the source of the problem: humans are producing far too much waste. Blogger Kathryn Kellogg has stored the bulk of her waste in a mason jar for the past two years. (Instagram Photo/going.zero.waste) According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans generate more than 250 million tons of trash while only recycling about 1.51 pounds of the approximately 4.5 pounds of waste each person creates daily. Zero waste does not mean producing no waste at all; it simply means sending nothing to a landfill, said Kellogg. While the philosophy of zero waste does include recycling, it embodies a whole-system approach to the vast amount of resources consumed and waste left behind. According to the Grassroots Recycling Network, the movement’s goal is to maximize recycling while minimizing waste and reducing consumption.

  4. Harry Vincent:

    I've taken responsibility for the comments. I wrote them. I am sorry if the comments were offensive to anyone, however, I still stand behind the fact that nothing I said was breaking a law and was protected under the Constitution.

  5. Carl Tart:

    It's time for change and change is happening whether people like it or not. We have to start leaving behind these old traditions and these old prejudiced ways and bring positivity to the change.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. askant
    • B. tenebrous
    • C. currish
    • D. dicotyledonous

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