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Meaning of reins by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ɹeɪnz/
    • Homophone: rains, reigns

    Etymology 1

    French reins, see rein in French .



    1. ( archaic ) The kidneys .
    2. The lower part of the back .



    1. Plural form of rein .


    • resin, rinse, risen, serin, siren

Definition of reins by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Reins ( rānz ), n. pl. [F. rein, pl. reins, fr. L. ren, pl. renes.]
    1. The kidneys; also, the region of the kidneys; the loins.

    2. The inward impulses; the affections and passions; -- so called because formerly supposed to have their seat in the part of the body where the kidneys are.

    My reins rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. Prov. xxiii. 16.

    I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts. Rev. ii. 23.

    Reins of a vault ( Arch. ), the parts between the crown and the spring or abutment, including, and having especial reference to, the loading or filling behind the shell of the vault. The reins are to a vault nearly what the haunches are to an arch, and when a vault gives way by thrusting outward, it is because its reins are not sufficiently filled up.