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Retardation   /ritɑrdˈeɪʃən/   Listen

A decrease in rate of change.  Synonyms: deceleration, slowing.
The extent to which something is delayed or held back.
Any agent that retards or delays or hinders.  Synonyms: retardant, retardent.
Lack of normal development of intellectual capacities.  Synonyms: backwardness, mental retardation, slowness, subnormality.
The act of slowing down or falling behind.  Synonyms: lag, slowdown.

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"Retardation" Quotes from Famous Books

... Stael's sojourn in Weimar lasted some ten weeks, her portentous gift of speech becoming gradually more and more irksome to Schiller and Goethe. The social gayeties occasioned by her presence caused some retardation in the progress of 'William Tell', but on February 18, 1804, it was completed, and two days later the final installment was despatched to the waiting Iffland. How eagerly he was waiting may be inferred from the language used by him after perusal ...
— The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller • Calvin Thomas

... the theory of universal gravitation. The irregularities exhibited in the lunar motions had been known in the time of Hipparchus and Ptolemy. Tycho had discovered the great inequality, called the "variation," amounting to 37', and depending on the alternate acceleration and retardation of the moon in every quarter of a revolution, and he had also ascertained the existence of the annual equation. Of these two inequalities Newton gave a most ...
— The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 12 • Editor-In-Chief Rossiter Johnson

... the terminus of the Great Northern Railway, Amiens street, with constant uniform acceleration, along parallel lines meeting at infinity, if produced: along parallel lines, reproduced from infinity, with constant uniform retardation, at the terminus of the Great Northern Railway, ...
— Ulysses • James Joyce

... curve Reason, development of Recapitulation and motor heredity Records in athletics Regularity in education of girls Religious training, age for for girls in Europe premature two methods of Retardation as a means of broadening Revivalists Rhythm, exercise and in primitive ...
— Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene • G. Stanley Hall

... more serious duration than that which had drawn down his wrath upon the unlucky Mrs. Macleuchar, our Antiquary only bestowed on the delay the honour of a few episodical poohs and pshaws, which rather seemed to regard the interruption of his disquisition than the retardation of his journey. ...
— The Antiquary, Complete • Sir Walter Scott

... emphasis, and of order—are supplemented by a fourth difficulty. The emphatic whom, with its heavy build (half-long vowel followed by labial consonant), should contrast with a lightly tripping syllable immediately following. In whom did, however, we have an involuntary retardation that makes the locution sound "clumsy." This clumsiness is a phonetic verdict, quite apart from the dissatisfaction due to the grammatical factors which we have analyzed. The same prosodic objection does not apply to such parallel locutions ...
— Language - An Introduction to the Study of Speech • Edward Sapir

... tides were far more powerful, and their effect in retarding the earth's rotation was consequently greater. During this period the acceleration due to contraction was also greater; and the two forces probably very nearly balanced each other. Both these forces (those of acceleration and retardation) have been growing weaker down to the present day, though there appears to have been a slight advantage on the side of ...
— Volcanoes: Past and Present • Edward Hull

... a catalectic line without intending an equivalent to the foot omitted in the pauses, or the dwelling emphasis, or the diffused retardation. I do not, however, deny that a good actor might by employing the last mentioned means, namely, the retardation, or solemn knowing drawl, supply the missing spondee with good effect. But I do not believe that in this or any other ...
— Literary Remains, Vol. 2 • Coleridge

Words linked to "Retardation" :   hold, amentia, moronity, slowdown, mental deficiency, postponement, delay, wait, retard, mental defectiveness, stupidity, abnormality, idiocy, holdup, change, acceleration, agent, modification, time lag, lag, imbecility, alteration, backwardness

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