behind

[bih-hahynd]
preposition
1.
at or toward the rear of: Look behind the house.
2.
not keeping up with, later than; after: behind schedule.
3.
in the state of making less progress than: We can't afford to fall behind our competitors.
4.
on the farther side of; beyond: behind the mountain.
5.
originating, supporting, or promoting: Who's behind this program?
6.
hidden or unrevealed by: Malice lay behind her smile.
7.
at the controls of: behind the wheel of a car.
adverb
8.
at or toward the rear; rearward: to lag behind.
9.
in a place, state, or stage already passed.
10.
in arrears; behindhand: to be behind in one's rent.
11.
slow, as a watch or clock: more than 20 minutes behind.
12.
as a cause or often latent feature of: Behind their harassment lay the traditional fear of foreigners.
13.
in a situation that exists afterward: The victim left behind a large family.
14.
Archaic. in reserve; to come: Greater support is yet behind.
adjective
15.
following: the man behind.
noun
16.
Informal. the buttocks.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English behinde(n), Old English behindan; for adv. suffix -an cf. before. See be-, hind1


1, 2. Behind, after both refer to a position following something else. Behind applies primarily to position in space, and suggests that one person or thing is at the back of another; it may also refer to (a fixed) time: He stood behind the chair. You are behind the appointed time. After applies primarily to time; when it denotes position in space, it is not used with precision, and refers usually to bodies in motion: Rest after a hard day's work. They entered the room, one after another.


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behind (bɪˈhaɪnd)
 
prep
1.  in or to a position further back than; at the rear of; at the back of
2.  in the past in relation to: I've got the exams behind me now
3.  late according to; not keeping up with: running behind schedule
4.  concerning the circumstances surrounding: the reasons behind his departure
5.  backing or supporting: I'm right behind you in your application
 
adv
6.  in or to a position further back; following
7.  remaining after someone's departure: he left it behind
8.  in debt; in arrears: to fall behind with payments
 
adj
9.  (postpositive) in a position further back; retarded: the man behind prodded me
 
n
10.  informal the buttocks
11.  Australian rules football a score of one point made by kicking the ball over the behind line between a goalpost and one of the smaller outer posts (behind posts)
 
[Old English behindan]

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Word Origin & History

behind
O.E. behindan "behind, after," from bi "by" + hindan "from behind" (see hind (adj.)). Euphemistic meaning "backside of a person" is from 1786. Phrase behind the times is from 1905.
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behind definition


  1. n.
    the posterior; the buttocks. (This euphemism is losing out to plain old ass and butt on TV and elsewhere.) : She needs some jeans that will flatter her behind.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Many evolutionists support some version of intelligence behind all the
  complexity and design in the world.
The idea behind two-tier wage programs is to stretch out the progression
  between tenure and wages.
Today you cannot order a coffee, buy a bagel, or pay for a photocopy without
  being asked to leave your change behind for.
Parking is concentrated alongside curbs, in lots behind shops, and in garages
  off rear alleys.
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