retrofire

[ re-troh-fahyuh r ]
/ ˈrɛ troʊˌfaɪər /
Rocketry.

verb (used with object), ret·ro·fired, ret·ro·fir·ing.

to ignite (a retrorocket).

verb (used without object), ret·ro·fired, ret·ro·fir·ing.

(of a retrorocket) to become ignited.

Nearby words

  1. retrocursive,
  2. retrocuspid papilla,
  3. retrodeviation,
  4. retrodirective,
  5. retrodisplacement,
  6. retrofit,
  7. retroflex,
  8. retroflexion,
  9. retrofocus lens,
  10. retrognathism

Origin of retrofire

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; retro- + fire

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British Dictionary definitions for retrofire

retrofire

/ (ˈrɛtrəʊˌfaɪə) /

noun

the act of firing a retrorocket
the moment at which it is fired
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