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Meaning of behind by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English behindan .


    • IPA: /bɪˈhaɪnd/, X-SAMPA: /bI"haInd/; IPA: /bəˈhaɪnd/
    • Hyphenation: be‧hind



    1. at the back of
    2. to the back of
    3. after, time- or motion-wise
    4. responsible for
    5. in support of
      The republicans are fully behind their candidate .



    behind ( comparative more behind, superlative most behind )

    1. At the back part; in the rear .
    2. Toward the back part or rear; backward; as, to look behind .
    3. Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining .
    4. Backward in time or order of succession; past .
    5. After the departure of another; as, to stay behind .


    behind ( plural: behinds )

    1. the rear, back-end
    2. bottom, downside
    3. butt, the buttocks
    4. ( 豪州用法 rules football ) A 1 point score .
      1880: A roar from ten thousand throats go up,
      For we've kicked another behind.
      — "The Opening Ball" in Comic Australian Verse, ed. G. Lehmann, 1975. Quoted in G. A. Wilkes, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms, second edition, 1985, Sydney University Press, ISBN 0-424-00113-6 .
    5. ( baseball ) ( slang ) an 1800s baseball term meaning the catcher

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    See also

    • Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans, "Spatial particles of orientation", in The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning and Cognition, Cambridge University Press, 2003, 0-521-81430 8

    External links

    • behind in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • behind in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of behind by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in or to or toward the rear

    2. he followed behind
      seen from behind, the house is more imposing than it is from the front
      the final runners were far behind
    3. remaining in a place or condition that has been left or departed from

    4. when he died he left much unfinished work behind
      left a large family behind
      the children left their books behind
      he took off with a squeal of tires and left the other cars far behind
    5. in debt

    6. he fell behind with his mortgage payments
      a month behind in the rent
      a company that has been run behindhand for years
    7. in or into an inferior position

    8. fell behind in his studies
      their business was lagging behind in the competition for customers
    9. of timepieces

    10. my watch is running behind
    1. having the lower score or lagging position in a contest

    2. behind by two points
    1. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    Definition of behind by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Behind prep. [AS. behindan; pref. be- + hindan. See Hind, a.]
      1. On the side opposite the front or nearest part; on the back side of; at the back of; on the other side of; as, “behind a door; behind a hill”.

      A tall Brabanter, behind whom I stood. Bp. Hall.

      2. Left after the departure of, whether this be by removing to a distance or by death.

      A small part of what he left behind him. Pope.

      3. Left a distance by, in progress of improvement Hence: Inferior to in dignity, rank, knowledge, or excellence, or in any achievement.

      I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 2 Cor. xi. 5.

    2. Behind, adv.
      1. At the back part; in the rear. “I shall not lag behind.” Milton.

      2. Toward the back part or rear; backward; as, “to look behind”.

      3. Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining.

      We can not be sure that there is no evidence behind. Locke.

      4. Backward in time or order of succession; past.

      Forgetting those things which are behind. Phil. ii. 13.

      5. After the departure of another; as, “to stay behind”.

      Leave not a rack behind. Shak.

    3. Behind, n. The backside; the rump. [Low]