I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin retrogradus, from retrogradi Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) having or being motion in a direction contrary to that of the general motion of similar bodies and especially east to west among the stars <
Saturn is retrograde for another week
the retrograde motion of Mercury
(2) having or being a direction of rotation or revolution that is clockwise as viewed from the north pole of the sky or a planet <
a retrograde orbit
b. (1) moving, occurring, or performed in a backward direction <
a retrograde step
(2) occurring or performed in a direction opposite to the normal or forward direction of conduction or flow <
retrograde ejaculation
— compare anterograde 1 c. contrary to the normal order ; inverse 2. tending toward or resulting in a worse or previous state 3. archaic contradictory, opposed 4. characterized by retrogression 5. affecting memories of a period prior to a shock or seizure <
retrograde amnesia
6. retro <
retrograde fashion
retrogradely adverb II. adverb Date: circa 1619 backward, reversely III. verb Etymology: Latin retrogradi, from retro- + gradi to go — more at grade Date: 1582 transitive verb archaic to turn back ; reverse intransitive verb 1. a. to go back ; retreat b. to go back over or recapitulate something 2. to decline to a worse condition

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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