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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Retrograde \Re"tro*grade\, adjective [L. retrogradus, from retrogradi, retrogressus, to retrograde; retro back + gradi to step: cf. F. r['e]trograde. See {Grade}.]

1. (Astron.) Apparently moving backward, and contrary to the succession of the signs, that is, from east to west, as a planet. --Hutton.

And if he be in the west side in that condition, then is he retrograde. --Chaucer.

2. Tending or moving backward; having a backward course; contrary; as, a retrograde motion; -- opposed to {progressive}. "Progressive and not retrograde." --Bacon.

It is most retrograde to our desire. --Shak.

3. Declining from a better to a worse state; as, a retrograde people; retrograde ideas, morals, etc. --Bacon.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Retrograde \Re"tro*grade\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Retrograded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retrograding}.] [L. retrogradare, retrogradi: cf. F. r['e]trograder.]

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

2. Hence, to decline from a better to a worse condition, as in morals or intelligence.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

retrograde

adjective

1: moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth [ant: {direct}]

2: of amnesia; affecting time immediately preceding trauma [ant: {anterograde}]

3: going from better to worse [syn: {retrograde}, {retrogressive}]

4: moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction [syn: {retral}, {retrograde}]

verb

1: move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies

2: move in a direction contrary to the usual one; "retrograding planets"

3: move back; "The glacier retrogrades" [syn: {retrograde}, {retreat}]

4: go back over; "retrograde arguments" [syn: {retrograde}, {rehash}, {hash over}]

5: get worse or fall back to a previous condition [syn: {regress}, {retrograde}, {retrogress}] [ant: {advance}, {come along}, {come on}, {get along}, {get on}, {progress}, {shape up}]


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