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.

(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 wares
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 retain
Unalterably firm his love entire.

An executor may retain a debt due to him from the testator.

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.

3. To restrain; to prevent. [Obs.] Sir W. Temple.

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