Retard Re*tard", n. 1. Retardation; delay. [1913 Webster]

2. A mentally retarded person. [Colloq. and disparaging] [PJC]

3. a person who is stupid or inept, especially in social situations. [Colloq. and disparaging] [PJC]

{Retard of the tide}, or {Age of the tide}, the interval between the transit of the moon at which a tide originates and the appearance of the tide itself. It is found, in general, that any particular tide is not principally due to the moon's transit immediately proceeding, but to a transit which has occured some time before, and which is said to correspond to it. The retard of the tide is thus distinguished from the lunitidal interval. See under {Retardation}. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]

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  • retard — I (delay) verb check, countercheck, defer, detain, ease off, hamper, hinder, hold up, impede, inhibit, interfere, procrastinate, stall, stem II (obstruct) verb arrest, bar, block, check, clog, condemn, constrict, control, cramp, curb, debar,… …   Law dictionary

  • retard — (v.) late 15c., from Fr. retarder (13c.), from L. retardare (see RETARDATION (Cf. retardation)). The noun is recorded from 1788 in the sense retardation, delay; from 1970 in offensive meaning retarded person, originally Amer.Eng., with accent on… …   Etymology dictionary

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