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Adverb: behind  bi'hInd
  1. In, to or toward the rear
    "he followed behind"; "seen from behind, the house is more imposing than it is from the front"; "the final runners were far behind"
     
  2. Remaining in a place or condition that has been left or departed from
    "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"
     
  3. (of timepieces) with the time showing earlier than is correct
    "my watch is running behind";
    - slow
     
  4. In or into an inferior position
    "fell behind in his studies"; "their business was lagging behind in the competition for customers"
     
  5. In debt
    "he fell behind with his mortgage payments"; "a month behind in the rent";
    - behindhand, in arrears
Preposition: behind  bi'hInd
  1. Further back than; at the back of; at the far side of
    "look behind you"; "behind the door"
     
  2. In support of
    "I'm behind you on this"
     
  3. Coming at a later time or previous position
    "he leaves a trail of destruction behind him";
    - following, after
Noun: behind  bi'hInd
  1. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    "he deserves a good kick in the behind";
    - buttocks, nates, butt, backside, bum, buns [N. Amer], can [N. Amer, informal], fundament, hindquarters, hind end, posterior, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush [N. Amer], bottom, derriere, patootie [US], heinie [US], derrière
Adjective: behind  bi'hInd
  1. Having the lower score or lagging position in a contest
    "behind by two points"

Derived forms: behinds

See also: down

Type of: body part

Part of: body, torso, trunk

Encyclopedia: Behind