- The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last on order; - opposed to front.
- Nipped with the lagging rear of winter's frost. - w:Milton
- (military) 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
- (transitive) To raise; to lift up; to cause to rise, 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
- (transitive) To construct by building; to set up; as, to rear defenses or houses; to rear one government on the ruins of another.
- One reared a font of stone. —Tennyson
- (context, transitive, obsolete) To lift and take up.
- And having her from Trompart lightly reared, Upon his set the lovely load. —Spenser
- (transitive) 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
- (transitive) To breed and raise; as, to rear cattle (cattle-rearing).
- (context, transitive, obsolete) To rouse; to strip up.
- And seeks the tusky boar to rear. —Dryden
- (intransitive) To rise up on the hind legs, as a horse.
- Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company.
- early; soon Prov. Eng.
- Then why does Cuddy leave his cot so rear! --Gay.
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