(||Re*tin"u*la) n.; pl. Retinulæ [NL., dim. of NL. & E. retina.] (Zoöl.) One of the group of pigmented
cells which surround the retinophoræ of invertebrates. See Illust. under Ommatidium.
(Re*tin"u*late) a. (Zoöl.) Having, or characterized by, retinul.
(Ret`i*ped) n. [L. rete a net + pes, pedis, a foot: cf. F. rétinopède.] (Zoöl.) A bird having small
polygonal scales covering the tarsi.
(Re*tir"a*cy) n. Retirement; mostly used in a jocose or burlesque way. [U.S.] Bartlett.
What one of our great men used to call dignified retiracy.C. A. Bristed.
(Ret`i*rade") n. [F.; cf. Sp. retirada retreat. See Retire.] (Fort.) A kind of retrenchment,
as in the body of a bastion, which may be disputed inch by inch after the defenses are dismantled. It
usually consists of two faces which make a reëntering angle.
(Re*tire") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Retiring.] [F. retirer; pref. re- re- + tirer
to draw. See Tirade.]
1. To withdraw; to take away; sometimes used reflexively.
He . . . retired himself, his wife, and children into a forest.Sir P. Sidney.
As when the sun is present all the year,Sir J. Davies.
And never doth retire his golden ray.
2. To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a
3. To cause to retire; specifically, to designate as no longer qualified for active service; to place on the
retired list; as, to retire a military or naval officer.
(Re*tire") v. i.
1. To go back or return; to draw back or away; to keep aloof; to withdraw or retreat, as from observation; to
go into privacy; as, to retire to his home; to retire from the world, or from notice.
To Una back he cast him to retire.Spenser.
The mind contracts herself, and shrinketh in,Sir J. Davies.
And to herself she gladly doth retire.
2. To retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle.
Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.2 Sam. xi. 15.
3. To withdraw from a public station, or from business; as, having made a large fortune, he retired.
And from Britannia's public posts retire.Addison.