retrograde ADJECTIVE 1) directed or moving backwards. 2) (of the order of something) reversed; inverse. 3) reverting to an earlier and inferior condition. 4) chiefly Astronomy proceeding in a reverse direction from normal, especially (of planetary motion) from east to west.
VERB 1) go back in position or time. 2) Astronomy show retrograde motion.
DERIVATIVES retrogradation noun.
ORIGIN Latin retrogradus, from gradus 'a step' .

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