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English Dictionary: retrograde by the DICT Development Group
3 results for retrograde
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth
    Antonym(s): direct
  2. of amnesia; affecting time immediately preceding trauma
    Antonym(s): anterograde
  3. going from better to worse
    Synonym(s): retrograde, retrogressive
  4. moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction
    Synonym(s): retral, retrograde
  1. move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies
  2. move in a direction contrary to the usual one; "retrograding planets"
  3. move back; "The glacier retrogrades"
    Synonym(s): retrograde, retreat
  4. go back over; "retrograde arguments"
    Synonym(s): retrograde, rehash, hash over
  5. get worse or fall back to a previous condition
    Synonym(s): regress, retrograde, retrogress
    Antonym(s): advance, come along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Retrograde \Re"tro*grade\, a. [L. retrogradus, from retrogradi,
      retrogressus, to retrograde; retro back + gradi to step: cf.
      F. r[82]trograde. See {Grade}.]
      1. (Astron.) Apparently moving backward, and contrary to the
            succession of the signs, that is, from east to west, as a
            planet. --Hutton.
                     And if he be in the west side in that condition,
                     then is he retrograde.                        --Chaucer.
      2. Tending or moving backward; having a backward course;
            contrary; as, a retrograde motion; -- opposed to
            {progressive}. [bd]Progressive and not retrograde.[b8]
                     It is most retrograde to our desire.   --Shak.
      3. Declining from a better to a worse state; as, a retrograde
            people; retrograde ideas, morals, etc. --Bacon.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Retrograde \Re"tro*grade\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Retrograded}; p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Retrograding}.] [L. retrogradare, retrogradi:
      cf. F. r[82]trograder.]
      1. To go in a retrograde direction; to move, or appear to
            move, backward, as a planet.
      2. Hence, to decline from a better to a worse condition, as
            in morals or intelligence.
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