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Pronunciation:  'retru`greyd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of amnesia; affecting time immediately preceding trauma
  2. [adj]  moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction
  3. [adj]  (astronomy) moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth
  4. [adj]  going from better to worse
  5. [v]  get worse; fall back to a previous or worse condition
  6. [v]  go back over; "retrograde arguments"
  7. [v]  move back; "The glacier retrogrades"
  8. [v]  move in a direction contrary to the usual one; of stars and planets
  9. [v]  move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies

RETROGRADE is a 10 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: backward, declining, deteriorating, failing, regress, regressing, regressive, rehash, retral, retreat, retrogress, retrogressive
 Antonyms: advance, anterograde, come along, come on, direct, get along, get on, progress, shape up
 See Also: decline, drop off, fall back, fall back, fall behind, go, locomote, lose, move, orbit, recap, recapitulate, recede, recede, retire, revolve, travel, worsen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re"tro*grade\, a. [L. retrogradus, from retrogradi,
    retrogressus, to retrograde; retro back + gradi to step: cf.
    F. r['e]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}. ``Progressive and not retrograde.''
             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.
  2. \Re"tro*grade\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Retrograded}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Retrograding}.] [L. retrogradare, retrogradi:
    cf. F. r['e]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.