(Re*sus`ci*ta"tion) n. [L. resuscitatio.] The act of resuscitating, or state of being resuscitated.
The subject of resuscitation by his sorceries.Sir W. Scott.
(Re*sus"ci*ta*tive) a. Tending to resuscitate; reviving; revivifying.
(Re*sus"ci*ta`tor) n. [L.] One who, or that which, resuscitates.
(Ret) v. t. See Aret. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Ret), v. t. [Akin to rot.] To prepare for use, as flax, by separating the fibers from the woody part
by process of soaking, macerating, and other treatment. Ure.
(Re*ta"ble) n. (Eccl.) A shelf behind the altar, for display of lights, vases of wlowers, etc.
(Re"tail) n. [F. retaille piece cut off, shred, paring, or OF. retail, from retailler. See Retail, v.]
The sale of commodities in small quantities or parcels; opposed to wholesale; sometimes, the sale of
commodities at second hand.
(Re"tail), a. Done at retail; engaged in retailing commodities; as a retail trade; a retail grocer.
(Re*tail") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retailed ;p. pr. & vb. n. Retailing.] [Cf. F. retailler to cut again; pref.
re- re + tailler to cut. See Retail, n., Tailor, and cf. Detail.]
1. To sell in small quantities, as by the single yard, pound, gallon, etc.; to sell directly to the consumer; as,
to retail cloth or groceries.
2. To sell at second hand. [Obs. or R.] Pope.
3. To distribute in small portions or at second hand; to tell again or to many (what has been told or done); to
report; as, to retail slander. "To whom I will retail my conquest won." Shak.
He is wit's peddler, and retails his waresShak.
At wakes and wassails.
(Re*tail"er) n. One who retails anything; as, a retailer of merchandise; a retailer of gossip.
(Re*tail"ment) n. The act of retailing.
(Re*tain") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Retaining.] [F. retainir, L. retinere; pref.
re- re- + tenere to hold, keep. See Tenable, and cf. Rein of a bridle, Retention, Retinue.]
1. To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure,
escape, or the like. "Thy shape invisibleretain." Shak.
Be obedient, and retainMilton.
Unalterably firm his love entire.
An executor may retain a debt due to him from the testator.Blackstone.
2. To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.
A Benedictine convent has now retained the most learned father of their order to write in its defense.Addison.
3. To restrain; to prevent. [Obs.] Sir W. Temple.
Retaining wall (Arch. & Engin.), a wall built to keep any movable backing, or a bank of sand or earth,
in its place; called also retain wall.