Definition of Reins

1. n. pl. The kidneys; also, the region of the kidneys; the loins.



Definition of Reins

1. Noun. (archaic) The kidneys. ¹

2. Noun. The lower part of the back. ¹

3. Noun. (plural of rein) ¹

4. Verb. (third-person singular of rein) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reins

1. rein [v] - See also: rein

Medical Definition of Reins

1. 1. The kidneys; also, the region of the kidneys; the loins. 2. The inward impulses; the affections and passions; so called because formerly supposed to have their seat in the part of the body where the kidneys are. "My reins rejoice, when thy lips speak right things." (Prov. Xxiii. 16) "I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts." (Rev. Ii. 23) Reins of a vault, the parts between the crown andd the spring or abutment, including, and having especial reference to, the loading or filling behind the shell of the vault. The reins are to a vault nearly what the haunches are to an arch, and when a vault gives way by thrusting outward, it is because its reins are not sufficiently filled up. Origin: F. Rein, pl. Reins, fr. L. Ren, pl. Renes. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Reins

reinless
reinnervate
reinnervated
reinnervates
reinnervating
reinnervation
reinnervations
reinoclating
reinoculate
reinoculated
reinoculates
reinoculating
reinoculation
reinoculations
reinput
reins (current term)
reinscribe
reinscribed
reinscribes
reinscribing
reinsert
reinserted
reinserting
reinsertion
reinsertions
reinserts
reinsman
reinsmen
reinspect
reinspected

Literary usage of Reins

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Complete Handbook for the Sanitary Troops of the U.S. Army and Navy and by Charles Field Mason (1917)
"To Take the reins in One Hand 296. To relieve the constraint of the arms by changing ... TAKE reins. At the second command, bring the left hand opposite the ..."

2. Thomas Nast: His Period and His Pictures by Albert Bigelow Paine (1904)
"In the issue of the Weekly prior to election week there was but one small cartoon, and this represented Tweed still holding the Democratic reins. ..."

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