(Re*grat"or) n. One guilty of regrating.
(Re*grede") v. i. [L. regredi to go back. Cf. Regrade, Regress.] To go back; to retrograde,
as the apsis of a planet's orbit. [R.] Todhunter.
(Re*gre"di*ence) n. A going back; a retrogression; a return. [R.] Herrick.
(Re*greet") v. t. To greet again; to resalute; to return a salutation to; to greet. Shak.
(Re*greet"), n. A return or exchange of salutation.
(Re"gress) n. [L. regressus, fr. regredi, regressus. See Regrede.]
1. The act of passing back; passage back; return; retrogression. "The progress or regress of man". F.
2. The power or liberty of passing back. Shak.
(Re*gress") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Regressed (-gr?st"); p. pr. & vb. n. Regressing.] To go
back; to return to a former place or state. Sir T. Browne.
Edge of regression (of a surface) (Geom.), the line along which a surface turns back upon itself;
called also a cuspidal edge. Regression point (Geom.), a cusp.
(Re*gres"sion) n. [L. regressio: cf. F. régression.] The act of passing back or returning; retrogression; retrogradation.
Sir T. Browne.
(Re*gress"ive) a. [Cf. F. régressif.]
1. Passing back; returning.
2. Characterized by retrogression; retrogressive.
Regressive metamorphism. (a) (Biol.) See Retrogression. (b) (Physiol.) See Katabolism.
(Re*gress"ive*ly), adv. In a regressive manner.
(Re*gret") n. [F., fr. regretter. See Regret, v.]
1. Pain of mind on account of something done or experienced in the past, with a wish that it had been
different; a looking back with dissatisfaction or with longing; grief; sorrow; especially, a mourning on account
of the loss of some joy, advantage, or satisfaction. "A passionate regret at sin." Dr. H. More.
What man does not remember with regret the first time he read Robinson Crusoe?Macaulay.
Never any prince expressed a more lively regret for the loss of a servant.Clarendon.
From its peaceful bosom [the grave] spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections.W. Irving.
2. Dislike; aversion. [Obs.] Dr. H. More.
Syn. Grief; concern; sorrow; lamentation; repentance; penitence; self-condemnation. Regret, Remorse,
Compunction, Contrition, Repentance. Regret does not carry with it the energy of remorse, the sting
of compunction, the sacredness of contrition, or the practical character of repentance. We even apply
the term regret to circumstance over which we have had no control, as the absence of friends or their
loss. When connected with ourselves, it relates rather to unwise acts than to wrong or sinful ones. C.