Retard of the tide
Retard Re*tard", n. 1. Retardation; delay. [1913 Webster]

2. A mentally retarded person. [Colloq. and disparaging] [PJC]

3. a person who is stupid or inept, especially in social situations. [Colloq. and disparaging] [PJC]

{Retard of the tide}, or {Age of the tide}, the interval between the transit of the moon at which a tide originates and the appearance of the tide itself. It is found, in general, that any particular tide is not principally due to the moon's transit immediately proceeding, but to a transit which has occured some time before, and which is said to correspond to it. The retard of the tide is thus distinguished from the lunitidal interval. See under {Retardation}. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]


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