from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who rears or raises; one who brings up.
  • noun A rearing horse, ass, or mule; an animal that has a habit of rearing.
  • noun In coal-mining, a seam of coal having an inclination of more than thirty degrees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, rears.

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  • noun One who rears (nurtures children or animals).


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  • In other words, is there a gender bias where the mother is believed to be the better rearer of a child than a man?

    CNN Transcript Dec 19, 2009

  • Not only was woman in the moshavah herself such a new human being, and not only did she herself participate in the general pioneering enterprise, but she became the rearer and shaper of a new generation, a generation of farmers and Jewish workers of the land in Erez Israel.


  • As a "Mr. Dad" who was the primary child-rearer in our family, I need to tell you that both the concept of husbands "helping out with" child-rearing and the term "Mr. Mom" are insulting and counterproductive to fathers gaining the freedom to share in all the responsibilities of parenting.

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  • Were we right in selecting him out of ten thousand other claimants to be the shepherd and rearer of the human flock?

    The Statesman

  • Of all the people on earth, who can we rely on to fulfill the duty of protector and rearer?

    Beyond Marriage

  • She's a geologist by training, worked for Shell Oil at the point I married her, but currently, she's a full time child rearer.

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  • Calf rearing using imported milk substitutes is practiced in a number of countries and there may be a need for calf weaner and calf rearer feeds.

    Chapter 5

  • If she does marry, and gives up her prior vocation to be housekeeper and child-rearer, she should be legally entitled to half her husband's earnings.

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  • Many landlords tried to allot land with no pasture, so that the rearer of cattle had to hire at an exorbitant rate.

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  • Such a son, again, comes to be regarded as belonging to that order to which his owner or rearer belongs. '

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 Books 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18


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