Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday October 12, 2010
1. Having a backward motion or direction; retiring or retreating.
2. Inverse or reversed, as order.
3. Exhibiting degeneration or deterioration.
But, contrary to my expectations, the Nautilus took a decided retrograde motion.
-- Jules Verne, Scott McKowen, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Our baggage being laid on scaffolds and well covered, we began our retrograde march at 1 PM, having remained about 3 hours on this snowy mountain.
-- John Bakeless, The Journals of Lewis and Clark
Retrograde derives from the Latin retrogradus, "going back."