(Be"hen Behn) n. [Per. & Ar. bahman, behmen, an herb, whose leaves resemble ears of corn,
saffron.] (Bot.) (a) The Centaurea behen, or saw-leaved centaury. (b) The Cucubalus behen, or
bladder campion, now called Silene inflata. (c) The Statice limonium, or sea lavender.
(Be*hest") n. [OE. biheste promise, command, AS. beh&aemacrs promise; pref. be- + h&aemacrs
command. See Hest, Hight.]
1. That which is willed or ordered; a command; a mandate; an injunction.
To do his master's high behest.
Sir W. Scott.
2. A vow; a promise. [Obs.]
The time is come that I should send it her, if I keep the behest that I have made.
(Be*hest"), v. t. To vow. [Obs.] Paston.
(Be*hete") v. t. See Behight. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Be*hight") v. t. [imp. Behight; p. p. Behight, Behoten.] [OE. bihaten, AS. behatan to vow,
promise; pref. be- + hatan to call, command. See Hight, v.] [Obs. in all its senses.]
1. To promise; to vow.
Behight by vow unto the chaste Minerve.
2. To give in trust; to commit; to intrust.
The keys are to thy hand behight.
3. To adjudge; to assign by authority.
The second was to Triamond behight.
4. To mean, or intend.
More than heart behighteth.
Mir. for Mag.
5. To consider or esteem to be; to declare to be.
All the lookers-on him dead behight.
6. To call; to name; to address.
Whom . . . he knew and thus behight.
7. To command; to order.
He behight those gates to be unbarred.
(Be*hight"), n. A vow; a promise. [Obs.] Surrey.
(Be*hind") prep. [AS. behindan; pref. be- + hindan. See Hind, a.]
1. On the side opposite the front or nearest part; on the back side of; at the back of; on the other side
of; as, behind a door; behind a hill.
A tall Brabanter, behind whom I stood.