from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Toward, to, or at the rear.
- adj. At or in the rear.
- n. A rearward direction, point, or position.
- n. The rear guard of an armed force.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The part that comes last or is situated in the rear; conclusion; wind-up.
- adj. Toward the back or rear of something.
- adv. Toward the back or rear of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The last troop; the rear of an army; a rear guard. Also used figuratively.
- At or toward the rear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rear-guard; a body or force guarding the rear.
- n. Hence Any company or body of persons bringing up the rear; the rear.
- At or to the rear; toward the hinder part; backward from anything.
- Situated at or toward the rear; being or coming last.
- n. Place or position at the rear: the part that comes last; rear; end; conclusion; wind-up.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. direction toward the rear
- adj. directed or moving toward the rear
- adj. located in or toward the back or rear
- adv. at or to or toward the back or rear
Middle English rerewarde, from Anglo-Norman : rere, behind (from Latin retrō; see re- in Indo-European roots) + warde, guard (of Germanic origin; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
rear + -ward (Wiktionary)