a., and cf. Aftermost.] Furthest in or toward the rear; last. "Rachel and Joseph hindermost." Gen.
(Hind"gut`) n. [Hind, a. + gut.] (Anat.) The posterior part of the alimentary canal, including
the rectum, and sometimes the large intestine also.
(Hin"di) n. [Prop. a Per. adj. meaning, Indian, Hindoo.] The name given by Europeans to that
form of the Hindustani language which is chiefly spoken by native Hindoos. In employs the Devanagari
character, in which Sanskrit is written. Whitworth.
(Hind"ley"s screw`) (Mech.) A screw cut on a solid whose sides are arcs of the periphery
of a wheel into the teeth of which the screw is intended to work. It is named from the person who first
used the form.
(Hin"doo, Hin"du) n.; pl. Hindoos (#) or Hindus. [Per. Hindu, fr. Hind, Hindustan, India.
Cf. Indian.] A native inhabitant of Hindostan. As an ethnical term it is confined to the Dravidian and
Aryan races; as a religious name it is restricted to followers of the Veda.
(Hin"doo*ism, Hin"du*ism) n. The religious doctrines and rites of the Hindoos; Brahmanism.
(Hin"doo*sta"nee, Hin"du*sta"ni) a. [Hind. Hindustani an Indian, fr. Hind. and Per.
Hindustan India.] Of or pertaining to the Hindoos or their language. n. The language of Hindostan; the
name given by Europeans to the most generally spoken of the modern Aryan languages of India. It is
Hindi with the addition of Persian and Arabic words.
(Hin"drance) n. [See Hinder, v. t.]
1. The act of hindering, or the state of being hindered.
2. That which hinders; an impediment.
What various hindrances we meet.Cowper.
Something between a hindrance and a help.Wordsworth.
Syn. Impediment; obstruction; obstacle; difficulty; interruption; check; delay; restraint.
(Hin"du) n. Same as Hindoo.
(Hine) n. [See Hind a servant.] A servant; a farm laborer; a peasant; a hind. [Obs.]
Bailiff, herd, nor other hine.Chaucer.
(Hinge) n. [OE. henge, heeng; akin to D. heng, LG. henge, Prov. E. hingle a small hinge; connected
with hang, v., and Icel. hengja to hang. See Hang.]
1. The hook with its eye, or the joint, on which a door, gate, lid, etc., turns or swings; a flexible piece, as
a strip of leather, which serves as a joint to turn on.
The gate self-opened wide,Milton.
On golden hinges turning.
2. That on which anything turns or depends; a governing principle; a cardinal point or rule; as, this argument
was the hinge on which the question turned.