from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of retract.
  • adjective withdrawn back and in, as the claws of a cat
  • adjective linguistics (of a sound) pronounced further back in the vocal tract

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective drawn back and in


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