retrograde

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1ret·ro·grade

adjective \ˈre-trə-ˌgrād\

: returning to an earlier and usually worse state or condition

: moving backward

Full Definition of RETROGRADE

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a (1) :  having or being motion in a direction contrary to that of the general motion of similar bodies and especially east to west among the stars <Saturn is retrograde for another week> (2) :  having or being a direction of rotation or revolution that is clockwise as viewed from the north pole of the sky or a planet <a retrograde orbit>
b (1) :  moving, occurring, or performed in a backward direction
(2) :  occurring or performed in a direction opposite to the normal or forward direction of conduction or flow — compare anterograde 1
c :  contrary to the normal order :  inverse
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:  tending toward or resulting in a worse or previous state
3
archaic :  contradictory, opposed
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:  characterized by retrogression
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:  affecting memories of a period prior to a shock or seizure <retrograde amnesia>
6
:  retro <retrograde fashion>
ret·ro·grade·ly adverb

Examples of RETROGRADE

  1. a retrograde policy that would leave more people poorer than they are now
  2. <retrograde pedaling will engage the brakes on that bike>

Origin of RETROGRADE

Middle English, from Latin retrogradus, from retrogradi
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Astronomy Terms

gibbous, nadir, nebulous, penumbra, sidereal, syzygy, wane, wax, zenith

2retrograde

adverb

Definition of RETROGRADE

First Known Use of RETROGRADE

circa 1619

3retrograde

verb

Definition of RETROGRADE

transitive verb
archaic
:  to turn back :  reverse
intransitive verb
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a :  to go back :  retreat
b :  to go back over or recapitulate something
2
:  to decline to a worse condition

Examples of RETROGRADE

  1. <the Dark Ages, the period following the fall of the Roman Empire when Western civilization seriously retrograded>

Origin of RETROGRADE

Latin retrogradi, from retro- + gradi to go — more at grade
First Known Use: 1582

ret·ro·grade

adjective \ˈre-trə-ˌgrād\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RETROGRADE

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: characterized by retrogression
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: affecting memories of a period prior to a shock or seizure <retrograde amnesia>
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: occurring or performed in a direction opposite to the normal or forward direction of conduction or flow: as a : occurring along nerve cell processes toward the cell body <retrograde axonal transport> <retrograde degeneration of nerve fibers> b : occurring opposite to the normal direction or path of blood circulation <apply bandaging to the lower extremities to produce pressure to reduce retrograde blood flow in veins with incompetent valves>—compare anterograde 2
ret·ro·grade·ly adverb

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