verb (used with object)
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.
(of a moving vehicle or other conveyance) to strike the back end of (another vehicle or object):
A freight train rear-ended the commuter train this morning.
the hindmost part of something.
Informal. the buttocks; behind.
“buttocks,” 1937, from rear (adj.) + end (n.). As a verb, “to collide (with another vehicle) from behind,” from 1976. Related: Rear-ended; rear-ending.
(also rear) The buttocks; ass: She’s a pain in the rear end (1937+, variant 1796+)
To hit a car from the rear: his Grand Am was rear-ended (mid-1970s+)
The back part of anything, especially a vehicle, as in There’s a large dent in the rear end of the car.
The buttocks, as in I’m afraid these pants don’t fit my rear end. The noun rear alone has been used in both these senses, the first since the late 1700s and the second since the mid-1900s. The addition of end occurred in the first half of the 1900s.
[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
noun 1. a part of an army or military force detached from the main body to bring up and guard the rear from surprise attack, especially in a retreat. [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 […]
[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) […]