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rear 1

1. A hind part.
2. The point or area farthest from the front: the rear of the hall.
3. The part of a military deployment usually farthest from the fighting front.
4. Informal The buttocks.
Of, at, or located in the rear.

[Middle English rere, rear of an army, short for rerewarde, rear guard; see rearward2.]

rear 2

v. reared, rear·ing, rears
1. To care for (children or a child) during the early stages of life; bring up. See Usage Note at raise.
2. To tend (growing plants or animals).
3. To build; erect.
4. Archaic To lift upright; raise.
1. To rise on the hind legs, as a horse.
2. To rise high in the air; tower.

[Middle English reren, to raise, from Old English rǣran; see er- in Indo-European roots.]

rear′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rearing - the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a childrearing - the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
upbringing - properties acquired during a person's formative years
2.rearing - helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
acculturation, enculturation, socialisation, socialization - the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture; "the socialization of children to the norms of their culture"
Adj.1.rearing - rearing on left hind leg with forelegs elevated and head usually in profile; "a lion rampant"
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
erect, upright, vertical - upright in position or posture; "an erect stature"; "erect flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he sat bolt upright"
References in classic literature ?
The low, muttering sounds of his threatening voice were still audible, when the wounded foal, first rearing on its hinder legs, plunged forward to its knees.
And ever, as the white moon shows her affrighted face from the steep gullies in the blackness overhead, aghast Jonah sees the rearing bowsprit pointing high upward, but soon beat downward again towards the tormented deep.
At once they both flew to her head; but she was a match for them, and went on plunging, rearing, and kicking in a most desperate manner.
The long-legged veteran, who had been besieging the fire-iron, as before related, now took down his cumbrous length, and rearing aloft his tall form, walked up to the advertisement and very deliberately spit a full discharge of tobacco-juice on it.
His lights -- I mean his rearing -- often colored his decisions.
But he curbed it, I think, as a resolute rider would curb a rearing steed.
Well,' said the scoundrel, 'we'll not argue the subject now: but I have a fancy to try my hand at rearing a young one; so intimate to your master that I must supply the place of this with my own, if he attempt to remove it.
Miss, if the poor lady had suffered so intensely before her little child was born, that she came to the determination of sparing the poor child the inheritance of any part of the agony she had known the pains of, by rearing her in the belief that her father was dead-- No, don't kneel
Dolly Winthrop told him that punishment was good for Eppie, and that, as for rearing a child without making it tingle a little in soft and safe places now and then, it was not to be done.
said the Caterpillar angrily, rearing itself upright as it spoke (it was exactly three inches high).
Now, with all this fine fancy business and rearing, which must be very bad for your hocks, what do you do?