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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

retrograde

\RE-truh-greyd\ , adjective;
1.
Having a backward motion or direction; retiring or retreating.
2.
Inverse or reversed, as order.
3.
Exhibiting degeneration or deterioration.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Retrograde derives from the Latin retrogradus, "going back."
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