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Adjective: retrograde  're-tru,greyd
  1. Going from better to worse
    - retrogressive
  2. Moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction
    - retral
  3. (astronomy) moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth
  4. Of amnesia; affecting time immediately preceding trauma
Verb: retrograde  're-tru,greyd
  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";
    - retreat
  4. Go back over
    "retrograde arguments";
    - rehash, hash over [N. Amer]
  5. Get worse or fall back to a previous condition
    - regress, retrogress

Derived forms: retrograded, retrograding, retrogrades

See also: backward, regressive, temporal relation

Type of: decline, draw back, go, locomote, move, move back, orb, orbit, pull away, pull back, recap, recapitulate, recede, retire, retreat, revolve, travel, withdraw, worsen

Antonym: anterograde, direct

Encyclopedia: Retrograde