Retard

Definition of Retard

Re`tard´
v. t.1.To keep delaying; to continue to hinder; to prevent from progress; to render more slow in progress; to impede; to hinder; as, to retard the march of an army; to retard the motion of a ship; - opposed to accelerate.
[imp. & p. p. Retarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Retarding.]
2.To put off; to postpone; as, to retard the attacks of old age; to retard a rupture between nations.
v. i.1.To stay back.
n.1.Retardation; delay.
2.A mentally retarded person.
3.a person who is stupid or inept, especially in social situations.
Retard of the tide
the interval between the transit of the moon at which a tide originates and the appearance of the tide itself. It is found, in general, that any particular tide is not principally due to the moon's transit immediately proceeding, but to a transit which has occured some time before, and which is said to correspond to it. The retard of the tide is thus distinguished from the lunitidal interval. See under Retardation.
- Ham. Nav. Encyc.

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