Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In heraldry, couped by a line diagonal to their main direction: said of ordinaries or subordinaries: thus, three bars or pales are retracted when cut off bendwise or bendwise sinister.
- In entomology, permanently received or contained in a hollow of another part.
- In botany, drawn back, as (sometimes) the radicle between the cotyledons; bent back.
- Synonyms See retractile.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of retract.
- adj. withdrawn back and in, as the claws of a cat
- adj. linguistics (of a sound) pronounced further back in the vocal tract
- adj. drawn back and in
“The hand crawled across the ground like a spider until the chain retracted and brought the hand back to its owner.”
“It ould be hypocritical to cannot appeal the decision because she once again retracted her position.”
“I opened the article and the first six words I saw were “Sen. John McCain retracted Sarah Palin.””
“A scientist made himself an artificial twinkle out of a Styrofoam cup, then measured how much force it took him to get his cock into it with and without his foreskin retracted.”
“BASH: He called a retracted "Newsweek" report, U.S. interrogators desecrated the Quran a gossip column and seemed to contradict White House claims the magazine was responsible for deadly protests in his country.”
“Neale et al. set out to quantify the extent to which papers found needing to be retracted on account of misconduct were actually identified as retracted in the literature that scientists draw upon in their scientific work.”
“The trick I've found that works suprisingly well is, if your stationary, try and keep your fingers and toes "retracted" from the ends of your gloves or socks.”
“• Blamed Obama for bringing up the issue of race in the campaign, and repeatedly said that Obama had "retracted" his charge that McCain is using race.”
“It was obvious by the repetition of "retracted" that this was a cooked up talking point, and it was apparently a reference to the fact that the Obama campaign said it didn't think McCain had used race in the campaign.”
“Update: The Times reports that Specter has "retracted" his support for Norm Coleman.”
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