(in a military operation) the troops, officers, etc., removed from the combat zone and responsible for administration, matériel, etc.
[reer] /rɪər/ verb (used with object) 1. to take care of and support up to maturity: to rear a child. 2. to breed and raise (livestock). 3. to raise by building; erect. 4. to raise to an upright position: to rear a ladder. 5. to lift or hold up; elevate; raise. verb (used without object) […]
[reer-end] /ˈrɪərˈɛnd/ verb (used with object) 1. to drive a vehicle or other conveyance so as to strike the back end of (another vehicle): My car was rear-ended by another driver on the highway. 2. (of a moving vehicle or other conveyance) to strike the back end of (another vehicle or object): A freight train […]
[reer] /rɪər/ noun 1. the back of something, as distinguished from the front: The porch is at the rear of the house. 2. the space or position behind something: The bus driver asked the passengers to move to the rear. 3. the buttocks; rump. 4. the hindmost portion of an army, fleet, etc. adjective 5. […]
[reer-gahrd] /ˈrɪərˌgɑrd/ adjective 1. of or relating to a rear guard. 2. designed to oppose or prevent in a defensive way: a rearguard strategy. /ˈrɪəˌɡɑːd/ noun 1. a detachment detailed to protect the rear of a military formation, esp in retreat 2. an entrenched or conservative element, as in a political party 3. rearguard action