English citations of hinder

Verb (transitive): To keep back; to delay or impede

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Verb (transitive): To make difficult to accomplish

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  • 1599William Shakespeare, Henry V act ii, scene 2 (act i; First Folio ed.)
    Since God ſo graciouſly hath brought to light
    This dangerous Treaſon, lurking in our way,
    To hinder our beginnings.
  • 1644John Milton, Areopagitica
    There is yet behind of what I purposed to lay open, the incredible loss and detriment that this plot of licensing puts us to; more than if some enemy at sea should stop up all our havens and ports and creeks, it hinders and retards the importation of our richest merchandise, truth;
  • 1839 March 20, Joseph Smith, Jr., Doctrine and Covenants, 121:33:
    As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.
  • 1871-1872George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 1
    Certainly such elements in the character of a marriageable girl tended to interfere with her lot, and hinder it from being decided according to custom, by good looks, vanity, and merely canine affection.

Adjective: Of or belonging to that part or end which is in the rear or hind

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  • 1590Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, book I, canto IV
    For on a sandie hill, that still did flit
    And fall away, it mounted was full hie,
    That every breath of heaven shaked it:
    And all the hinder parts, that few could spie,
    Were ruinous and old, but painted cunningly.
  • 1840-1841Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, chapter 65
    The Marchioness hung on behind for a few moments, and, feeling that she could go no farther, and must soon yield, clambered by a vigorous effort into the hinder seat, and in so doing lost one of the shoes for ever.
  • 1879Thomas Huxley, The Crayfish, chapter 5
    The total number of the gills is only eight. Of these, five are large pleurobranchiæ, attached to the epimera of the five hinder thoracic somites; two are arthrobranchiæ, fixed to the interarticular membrane of the external maxillipede; and one, which is the only complete podobranchia, belongs to the second maxillipede.
  • 1884Edwin Abbott Abbott, Flatland, section 9
    Imagine a woman duly decorated, according to the new Code; with the front half (i.e. the half containing eye and mouth) red, and with the hinder half green.
  • 1925Arthur Keith, The Antiquity of Man, 2nd ed., p547
    On the left side, although the parietal reaches up to the middle line, a long marginal fragment, at least 10 mm. wide, has been broken away from the hinder border.
  • 1990 — C. W. H. Havard (ed.), Black's Medical Dictionary, 36th edition, p 673
    On a line dividing the front two-thirds from the hinder one-third, and set in the shape of a V, is a row of seven to twelve large flat-topped circumvallate papillae, ...

Noun: the buttocks

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  • 1994 July 13, Dale Dauten, "To Really Learn Something, Study Walt Disney's Life", Charlotte Observer, page 7:
    Or that, like former Secretary of State George Schultz, you have a tiger tattooed on your hinder.
  • 1997, Richard Laliberte and Stephen C. George, The Men's Health Guide to Peak Conditioning [1], →ISBN, page 195:
    Like martial arts, in-line skating is predicated on the notion that sooner or later you're going to end up on your hinder.
  • 2005 February 4, Gary Peterson, "Cal's Renovation is Great Unknown", Contra Costa Times, page b01:
    The stadium is seismically vulnerable, its facilities are substandard, and there are Old Blues still carrying splinters in their hinders...