What does retrograde mean?

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ˈrɛ trəˌgreɪdret·ro·grade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retrogradeadjective

    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. retrogradeadjective

    of amnesia; affecting time immediately preceding trauma

  3. retrograde, retrogressiveadjective

    going from better to worse

  4. retral, retrogradeverb

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

  5. retrogradeverb

    move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies

  6. retrogradeverb

    move in a direction contrary to the usual one

    "retrograding planets"

  7. retrograde, retreatverb

    move back

    "The glacier retrogrades"

  8. retrograde, rehash, hash oververb

    go back over

    "retrograde arguments"

  9. regress, retrograde, retrogressverb

    get worse or fall back to a previous condition

Wiktionary

  1. retrogradenoun

    A degenerate person.

    Etymology: From < retrogradus.

  2. retrogradenoun

    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

    Etymology: From < retrogradus.

  3. retrogradeverb

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

    Etymology: From < retrogradus.

  4. retrogradeverb

    To show retrogradation.

    Etymology: From < retrogradus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrogradeadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. retrogradare, retrogradi: cf. F. rtrograder.]

  2. Retrogradeadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. retrogradare, retrogradi: cf. F. rtrograder.]

  3. Retrogradeadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. retrogradare, retrogradi: cf. F. rtrograder.]

  4. Retrogradeverb

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

    Etymology: [L. retrogradare, retrogradi: cf. F. rtrograder.]

  5. Retrogradeverb

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

    Etymology: [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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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Mark Milley:

    I just want to be clear – we’re talking about two different missions, the retrograde of troops … that is complete by mid-July, and that was done, actually, without any significant incident. And that’s the handover of 11 bases, the bringing out of a lot of equipment … that was done under the command of Gen. Miller.

  3. Austin Scott Miller:

    All of our forces are now preparing to retrograde. Officially the notification date will be the first of May, but at the same time as we start taking local actions we have already begun that.

  4. Virgil:

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

  5. Austin Scott Miller:

    All of our forces are now preparing to retrograde.

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