Meaning of REAR in English

1. n. & adj.


1. the back part of anything.

2 the space behind, or position at the back of, anything (a large house with a terrace at the rear).

3 the hindmost part of an army or fleet.

4 colloq. the buttocks.

--adj. at the back.

Phrases and idioms:

bring up the rear come last. in the rear behind; at the back. rear admiral a naval officer ranking below vice admiral. rear commodore a yacht-club officer below vice commodore. rear-lamp (or -light) a usu. red light at the rear of a vehicle. rear sight the sight nearest to the stock on a firearm. rear-view mirror a mirror fixed inside the windscreen of a motor vehicle enabling the driver to see traffic etc. behind. take in the rear Mil. attack from behind.

Etymology: prob. f. (in the) REARWARD or REARGUARD 2. v.

1. tr. a bring up and educate (children). b breed and care for (animals). c cultivate (crops).

2 intr. (of a horse etc.) raise itself on its hind legs.

3 tr. a set upright. b build. c hold upwards (rear one's head).

4 intr. extend to a great height.


rearer n.

Etymology: OE r{aelig}ran f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.