- moving in an orbit in the direction opposite to that of the earth in its revolution around the sun.
- appearing to move on the celestial sphere in the direction opposite to the natural order of the signs of the zodiac, or from east to west.Compare direct(def 25).
verb (used without object), ret·ro·grad·ed, ret·ro·grad·ing.
verb (used with object), ret·ro·grad·ed, ret·ro·grad·ing.
Origin of retrograde
Examples from the Web for retrograde
The Muslim Brotherhood is a retrograde, conservative religious movement.
“Women are seeing the retrograde direction of this party,” she asserts.Democrats and Republicans Reignite Fight Over VAWA|Michelle Cottle|January 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Note: negative manifestation of this retrograde is overindulgence in that which artificially stills your racing mind.
Neptune retrograde on Friday begins a period of transparency.
Neptune retrograde, from Friday, signals the end of deluding yourself in a heady bond.
Upon the precession of the equinoxes they erect a fabric of retrograde chronology, and set a clock to geologic time.
This is the penalty of a democracy,—that we are bound to move forward or retrograde together.Democracy and Social Ethics|Jane Addams
It is a retrograde theory which we are asked to re-examine and perhaps accept.Outspoken Essays|William Ralph Inge
This compelled the big fellows once more to separate, and again to retrograde so as to front it.Ernest Bracebridge|William H. G. Kingston
Once in a private debate she referred to him as a “learned barbarian and a retrograde medivalist.”The Further Adventures of O'Neill in Holland|J. Irwin Brown
British Dictionary definitions for retrograde
- occurring or orbiting in a direction opposite to that of the earth's motion around the sunCompare direct (def. 18)
- occurring or orbiting in a direction around a planet opposite to the planet's rotational directionthe retrograde motion of the satellite Phoebe around Saturn
- appearing to move in a clockwise direction due to the rotational period exceeding the period of revolution around the sunVenus has retrograde rotation
Word Origin for retrograde
Word Origin and History for retrograde
late 14c., originally of the apparent motions of planets, from Latin retrogradus "going back, going backward," from retrogradi "move backward," from retro- "backward" (see retro-) + gradi "to go, step" (see grade (n.)). General sense of "tending to revert" is recorded from 1530s.