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rear 1

 (rîr)
n.
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.
adj.
Of, at, or located in the rear.

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

rear 2

 (rîr)
v. reared, rear·ing, rears
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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"
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Discovering that his martingale had more slack in it than usual, he proceeded to give an exhibition of rearing and hind-leg walking.
And just before he arrived back at the stable he capped the day with a combined whirling and rearing that
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 running of the horses that have broken loose; the snorting, stamping, and rearing of those which remain fast; the howling of dogs; the yelling of Indians; the scampering of white men, and red men, with their guns; the overturning of lodges, and trampling of fires by the horses; the flashes of the fires, lighting up forms of men and steeds dashing through the gloom, altogether make up one of the wildest scenes of confusion imaginable.
I am interested only in the relations of a people to the rearing of the individual man, and among the Greeks the conditions were unusually favourable for the development of the individual; not by any means owing to the goodness of the people, but because of the struggles of their evil instincts.
They were in search of deer, when suddenly a huge grizzly bear emerged from a thicket about thirty yards distant, rearing himself upon his hind legs with a terrific growl, and displaying a hideous array of teeth and claws.
The work of rearing young, green Martians consists solely in teaching them to talk, and to use the weapons of warfare with which they are loaded down from the very first year of their lives.