a person or thing that retards.
- any substance added to rubber to delay or prevent vulcanization.
- any substance added to delay a process.
Building Trades. an admixture of concrete or plaster that retards its set.
Origin of retarder
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a person or thing that retards
a substance added to slow down the rate of a chemical change, such as one added to cement to delay its setting
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1640s, agent noun from retard (v.). Of railway braking mechanisms from 1937.
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