(Re*tard"ment) n. [Cf. F. retardement.] The act of retarding; retardation. Cowley.
(Retch) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Retched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Retching.] [AS. hrcan to clear the throat,
hawk, fr. hraca throat; akin to G. rachen, and perhaps to E. rack neck.] To make an effort to vomit; to
strain, as in vomiting. [Written also reach.]
Beloved Julia, hear me still beseeching!Byron.
(Here he grew inarticulate with retching.)
(Retch), v. t. & i. [See Reck.] To care for; to heed; to reck. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Retch"less), a. Careless; reckless. [Obs.] Dryden.
- Retch"less*ly, adv. Retch"less*ness, n. [Obs.]
(||Re"te) n. [L., a net.] (Anat.) A net or network; a plexus; particularly, a network of blood vessels
or nerves, or a part resembling a network.
(Re*te"cious) a. [L. rete a net.] Resembling network; retiform.
(Re*tec"tion) n. [L. retegere, retectum, to uncover; pref. re- + tegere to cover.] Act of
disclosing or uncovering something concealed. [Obs.] Boyle.
(Re*tell) v. t. To tell again.
(Ret"ene) n. [Gr. pine resin.] (Chem.) A white crystalline hydrocarbon, polymeric with benzene.
It is extracted from pine tar, and is also found in certain fossil resins.
(Re*tent") n. [L. retentum, fr. retentus, p. p. See Retain.] That which is retained. Hickok.
(Re*ten"tion) n. [L. retentio: cf. F. rétention. See Retain.]
1. The act of retaining, or the state of being ratined.
2. The power of retaining; retentiveness.
No woman's heartShak.
So big, to hold so much; they lack retention.
3. That which contains something, as a tablet; a of preserving impressions. [R.] Shak.
4. The act of withholding; retraint; reserve. Shak.
5. Place of custody or confinement.
6. (Law) The right of withholding a debt, or of retaining property until a debt due to the person claiming
the right be duly paid; a lien. Erskine. Craig.
Retention cyst (Med.), a cyst produced by obstruction of a duct leading from a secreting organ and
the consequent retention of the natural secretions.
(Re*ten"tive) a. [Cf. F. rétentif.] Having power to retain; as, a retentive memory.
Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,Shak.
Can be retentive to the strength of spirit.
(Re*ten"tive), n. That which retains or confines; a restraint. [R.] Bp. Hall.
(Re*ten"tive*ly), adv. In a retentive manner.