(Re"tro*spect) v. i. [L. retrospicere; retro back + specere, spectum, to look. See Spy,
and cf. Expect.] To look backward; hence, to affect or concern what is past.
It may be useful to retrospect to an early period.A. Hamilton.
(Re"tro*spect), n. A looking back on things past; view or contemplation of the past. Cowper.
We may introduce a song without retrospect to the old comedy.Landor.
(Re`tro*spec"tion) n. The act, or the faculty, of looking back on things past.
(Re`tro*spec"tive) a. [Cf. F. rétrospectif.]
1. Looking backward; contemplating things past; opposed to prospective; as, a retrospective view.
The sage, with retrospective eye.Pope.
2. Having reference to what is past; affecting things past; retroactive; as, a retrospective law.
Inflicting death by a retrospective enactment.Macaulay.
(Re`tro*spec"tive*ly), adv. By way of retrospect.
(||Re*trous`sé") a. [F., p.p. of retrousser to turn up.] Turned up; said of a pug nose.
(Re`tro*vac`ci*na"tion) n. (Med.) The inoculation of a cow with human vaccine virus.
(Re`tro*ver"sion) n. [Cf. F. rétroversion. See Retrovert.] A turning or bending backward; also,
the state of being turned or bent backward; displacement backwards; as, retroversion of the uterus.
In retroversion the bending is gradual or curved; in retroflexion it is abrupt or angular.
(Re"tro*vert) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retroverted; p. pr. & vb. n. Retroverting.] [Pref. retro- +
L. vertere, versum, to turn. Cf. Retrorse.] To turn back.
(Re"tro*vert*ed), a. In a state of retroversion.
(Re*trude") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retruded; p. pr. & vb. n. Retruding.] [L. retrudere; re- +
trudere to thrust.] To thrust back. [R.] Dr. H. More.
(Re*truse") a. [L. retrusus concealed, p. p. of retrudere.] Abstruse. [Obs.] Dr. H. More.
(Re*tru"sion) n. The act of retruding, or the state of being retruded.
In virtue of an endless remotion or retrusion of the constituent cause.Coleridge.
(Re*try") v. t. To try (esp. judicially) a second time; as, to retry a case; to retry an accused person.
(Rette) v. t. See Aret. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Ret"ter*y) n. A place or establishment where flax is retted. See Ret. Ure.
1. The act or process of preparing flax for use by soaking, maceration, and kindred processes; also
called rotting. See Ret. Ure.