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“… because of its retrograde rotation the …”

meanings of retrograde


  1. Directed backwards, retreating; reverting, especially to an inferior state, declining; inverse, reverse; movement opposite to normal or intended motion, often circular motion.
  2. In the opposite direction to the orbited body's spin.
  3. A person who opposes social reforms, favoring the maintenance of the status quo, conservative.
  4. Describing a metamorphic change resulting from a decreasing pressure or temperature.
  5. Counterproductive to a desired outcome.


  1. The reversal of a melody so that what is played first in the original melody is played last and what is played last in the original melody is played first.
  2. A degenerate person.


  1. To show retrogradation.
  2. To move backwards; to recede; to retire; to decline; to revert.