Hypertext Webster Gateway: "posterior"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Posterior \Pos*te"ri*or\ (p[o^]s*t[=e]"r[i^]*[~e]r), a. [L.
posterior, compar. of posterus coming after, from post after.
See {Post-}.]
1. Later in time; hence, later in the order of proceeding or
moving; coming after; -- opposed to {prior}.

Hesiod was posterior to Homer. --Broome.

2. Situated behind; hinder; -- opposed to {anterior}.

3. (Anat.) At or toward the caudal extremity; caudal; -- in
human anatomy often used for {dorsal}.

4. (Bot.) On the side next the axis of inflorescence; -- said
of an axillary flower. --Gray.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : (zoology) at or near the hind end in quadrupeds or toward
the spine in primates [ant: {anterior}]
n 1: the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on [syn: {buttocks},
{nates}, {arse}, {butt}, {backside}, {bum}, {buns}, {can},
{fundament}, {hindquarters}, {hind end}, {keister}, {prat},
{rear}, {rear end}, {rump}, {stern}, {seat}, {tail}, {tail
end}, {tooshie}, {tush}, {bottom}, {behind}, {derriere},
{fanny}, {ass}]
2: a tooth situated at the back of the mouth [syn: {back tooth}]

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