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retrorocket

[re-troh-rok-it] /ˈrɛ troʊˌrɒk ɪt/
noun
1.
a small, auxiliary rocket engine, forming a part of a larger rocket vehicle and having its exhaust nozzle pointed toward the direction of flight, for decelerating the larger rocket, separating one stage from another, etc.
Also, retro-rocket.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; retro- + rocket
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  • The bottom unit consisted essentially of four landing struts equipped with a retrorocket to cushion the descent.
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British Dictionary definitions for retrorocket

retrorocket

/ˈrɛtrəʊˌrɒkɪt/
noun
1.
a small auxiliary rocket engine on a larger rocket, missile, or spacecraft, that produces thrust in the opposite direction to the direction of flight in order to decelerate the vehicle or make it move backwards Often shortened to retro
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