Definitions for retractable

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to draw back or in:

    to retract fangs.

  2. (v.i.)to be capable of being drawn back or in.

Origin of retract:

1400–50; late ME < L retractus, ptp. of retrahere to draw back


  1. to withdraw (a statement, opinion, etc.) as inaccurate or unjustified, esp. formally.

  2. to withdraw or revoke (a decree, promise, etc.).

  3. (v.i.)to withdraw a promise, vow, etc.

  4. to make a disavowal of a statement, opinion, etc.; recant.

Origin of retract:

1535–45; < L retractāre to reconsider, withdraw



Princeton's WordNet

  1. retractable(adj)

    capable of being retracted

    "retractable landing gear"


  1. retractable(Noun)

    A retractable pen.

  2. retractable(Adjective)

    Capable of being retracted; retractile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retractable(adj)

    capable of being retracted; retractile

Translations for retractable

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


able to be pulled up or in

An aeroplane has retractable wheels.

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