What does retrograde mean?

Definitions for retrograde
ˈrɛ trəˌgreɪdret·ro·grade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retrograde(adj)

    moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth

  2. retrograde(adj)

    of amnesia; affecting time immediately preceding trauma

  3. retrograde, retrogressive(adj)

    going from better to worse

  4. retral, retrograde(verb)

    moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction

  5. retrograde(verb)

    move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies

  6. retrograde(verb)

    move in a direction contrary to the usual one

    "retrograding planets"

  7. retrograde, retreat(verb)

    move back

    "The glacier retrogrades"

  8. retrograde, rehash, hash over(verb)

    go back over

    "retrograde arguments"

  9. regress, retrograde, retrogress(verb)

    get worse or fall back to a previous condition


  1. retrograde(Noun)

    A degenerate person.

  2. retrograde(Noun)

    the reversal of a melody so that what is played first in the original melody is played last and what is played last in the original melody is played first

  3. retrograde(Verb)

    To move backwards; to recede; to retire; to decline; to revert.

  4. retrograde(Verb)

    To show retrogradation.

  5. Origin: From < retrogradus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrograde(adj)

    apparently moving backward, and contrary to the succession of the signs, that is, from east to west, as a planet

  2. Retrograde(adj)

    tending or moving backward; having a backward course; contrary; as, a retrograde motion; -- opposed to progressive

  3. Retrograde(adj)

    declining from a better to a worse state; as, a retrograde people; retrograde ideas, morals, etc

  4. Retrograde(verb)

    to go in a retrograde direction; to move, or appear to move, backward, as a planet

  5. Retrograde(verb)

    hence, to decline from a better to a worse condition, as in morals or intelligence

  6. Origin: [L. retrogradare, retrogradi: cf. F. rtrograder.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retrograde

    ret′rō-, or rē′trō-grād, adj. going backward: falling from better to worse: contrary: (biol.) becoming less highly organised, as 'a retrograde theory:' swimming backwards, as many animals: (astron.) moving westwards relatively to the fixed stars.—v.i. to go backwards.—ns. Retrogradā′tion, deterioration; Rē′trogress, falling off; Rētrogres′sion, a going backward: a decline in quality or merit.—adjs. Rētrogres′sional, Rētrogress′ive.—adv. Rētrogress′ively.—n. Rētrogress′iveness. [L. retrogradus, going backward—retro, backward, gradi, gressus, to go.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. retrograde

    The process for the movement of non-unit equipment and materiel from a forward location to a reset (replenishment, repair, or recapitalization) program or to another directed area of operations to replenish unit stocks, or to satisfy stock requirements.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrograde in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrograde in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of retrograde in a Sentence

  1. Edward Gibbon:

    All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.

  2. Virgil:

    Thus all things are doomed to change for the worse and retrograde.

  3. British Prime Minister David Cameron:

    If this is part of international action against ISIL (IS) and that appalling terrorist death cult outfit, then that is all to the good, if, on the other hand, this is action against the Free Syrian Army and in defence of Assad the dictator, then obviously that is a retrograde step, but let's see exactly what's happened.

  4. Kitty Block:

    This week, while one part of the Japanese government is proudly facilitating international cooperation by hosting the G20 meeting, another is quietly extricating itself from the obligation for global collaboration on the protection and management of the world's whales, japan leaving the IWC and defying international law to pursue its commercial whaling ambitions is renegade, retrograde and myopic....

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