|1.||moving or bending backwards|
|2.||(esp of order) reverse or inverse|
|3.||tending towards an earlier worse condition; declining or deteriorating|
|a. Compare direct occurring or orbiting in a direction opposite to that of the earth's motion around the sun|
|b. occurring or orbiting in a direction around a planet opposite to the planet's rotational direction: the retrograde motion of the satellite Phoebe around Saturn|
|c. appearing to move in a clockwise direction due to the rotational period exceeding the period of revolution around the sun: Venus has retrograde rotation|
|5.||biology tending to retrogress; degenerate|
|6.||music of, concerning, or denoting a melody or part that is played backwards|
|7.||obsolete opposed, contrary, or repugnant to|
|8.||to move in a retrograde direction; retrogress|
|9.||(US) military another word for retreat|
|[C14: from Latin retrōgradī to go backwards, from gradi to walk, go]|
retrograde ret·ro·grade (rět'rə-grād')
Moving or tending backward.
Opposite to the usual order; inverted or reversed.
Reverting to an earlier or inferior condition.
To move or seem to move backward; recede.
To decline to an inferior state; degenerate.
|retrograde (rět'rə-grād') Pronunciation Key