retrograde


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retrograde

1. Astronomy
a. occurring or orbiting in a direction opposite to that of the earth's motion around the sun
b. occurring or orbiting in a direction around a planet opposite to the planet's rotational direction
c. appearing to move in a clockwise direction due to the rotational period exceeding the period of revolution around the sun
2. Biology tending to retrogress; degenerate
3. Music of, concerning, or denoting a melody or part that is played backwards
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But the retrograde motion of the Nautilus was increasing; and, reversing the screw, it carried us at great speed.
Then the cardinal, whatever he said, very well knew that the horror of bloodshed in this encounter, in which Frenchman would combat against Frenchman, was a retrograde movement of sixty years impressed upon his policy; and the cardinal was at that period what we now call a man of progress.
In the present instance it was retrograde, and in less than a minute after the bellowing report of the swivel among the rocks and caverns, the whole weight of the attack from the left rested on the prowess of the single arm of the veteran.
But in some genera the larvae become developed either into hermaphrodites having the ordinary structure, or into what I have called complemental males: and in the latter, the development has assuredly been retrograde; for the male is a mere sack, which lives for a short time, and is destitute of mouth, stomach, or other organ of importance, excepting for reproduction.
The retrograde movement of those who now fell back into the plain to escape the death before them was so violent, and their concussion against those who were advancing from the rear so terrible, that numbers were smothered or trampled to death.
Within a few years we have witnessed the phenomenon of a southeastward migration, in the settlement of Australia; but this affects us as a retrograde movement, and, judging from the moral and physical character of the first generation of Australians, has not yet proved a successful experiment.
The faculty of re-solution is possibly much invigorated by mathematical study, and especially by that highest branch of it which, unjustly, and merely on account of its retrograde operations, has been called, as if par excellence, analysis.
The planet of Mercury is at present doing its backward boogie-woogie of three weeks as it goes into retrograde motion (July 7 to 31, 2019).
Lower extremity endovascular procedures are usually performed using contralateral retrograde or ipsilateral antegrade common femoral artery access (7).
Mineral Trioxide Aggregate has been used widely for numerous applications through root repair to bone healing due to its capabilities to seal off the routes of communications among external surface of tooth and root canal system.4,5 Retrograde root canal filling is the preferable choice of treatment once teeth with constant periapical infection fails to resolve with standard therapy.
Though, with Mercury in Sagittarius turning retrograde, there may be few lols.