- 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).
Origin of retrograde
OTHER WORDS FROM retrograderet·ro·grade·ly, adverbret·ro·grad·ing·ly, adverbun·ret·ro·grad·ed, adjectiveun·ret·ro·grad·ing, adjective
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How to use retrograde in a sentence
However, Ghez’s team has observed a “tentative retrograde” orbit, the exact opposite of Einstein’s predictions.
If Mercury in retrograde is a time of great unbalance, the sobering and protecting powers of amethyst make it a fitting stone for Taco Bell and Pratt to shill.
Trina has consistently offered rap anthems for women who refuse to acquiesce to retrograde and, frankly, sexist expectations for how women talk about their sexuality.21 Years After Her Debut, Trina Is Still ‘Da Baddest’|Brande Victorian|March 19, 2021|Essence.com
The whole hand-to-the-mouth gasping thing we do when learning that women go see these films is horribly retrograde.'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Not a Watershed Moment for Women|Kevin Fallon|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But more often, the inclusion of people of color is limited or mitigated by oddly retrograde cultural politics.
Mainline Protestant denominations are in marked decline and Evangelical Christianity is in slow retrograde.
This, lest we forget, remains the modern prototype for a quintessentially retrograde act.
The long-time Washington Post columnist has, again, used his valuable real estate to give retrograde opinions on race.Read Richard Cohen Project His Racism on Social Conservatives|Jamelle Bouie|November 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One retrograde or timid step would open the eyes of men, and bring down ruin on the Pantamorphica.
He executes with speed, and even with ease, all direct motion; but he has no facility for oblique or retrograde motions.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
A nation cannot remain stationary; she must advance or retrograde.
But the retrograde movement towards the gate had begun—as unreasoningly, perhaps as blindly, as the simultaneous anger.North and South|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
On the 10th my army, resuming its retrograde movement, crossed to the north side of Cedar Creek.The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete|General Philip Henry Sheridan
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