- a fixed or removable device worn in the mouth to hold the teeth in their new position during the adaptive period after straightening appliances have been removed.
- Prosthodontics. a part on a bridge or the like by which the bridge is attached to the natural teeth.
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Like any high-powered attorney who charges $100,000 for a retainer, Bolt always seems to be one step ahead of the competition.Gone Girl’s Biggest Twist Is the Superb Tyler Perry|Alex Suskind|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the perks offered by the challenge is help from a list of professionals the foundation will keep on retainer.Rockefeller Foundation Announces $100 Million Project to Make Cities More Resilient|Miranda Green|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Is it worth it for these companies to keep stars and their keepers on retainer?
Was he a relative, a retainer, a member of the family in any way?The Ladies Lindores, Vol. 2(of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
Jimmie and his retainer had not expected this boy to display the manners of a minor chief, and they contemplated him attentively.Whilomville Stories|Stephen Crane
"Tell Earl Edwin that Harold would speak with him," he said to the retainer at the door.Wulf the Saxon|G. A. Henty
Yorimasa and his retainer ran forward and despatched the fearful creature they saw before them.Myths & Legends of Japan|F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
In the primitive heathen days it had been a rule that the retainer must not survive his vanquished lord.Beowulf|R. W. Chambers