from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Capable of being drawn back or in.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Retractable; capable of being retracted, drawn back, or drawn in after protraction or protrusion: correlated with protractile or protrusile, of which it is the opposite: as, the retractile claws of felines: the retractile head of a tortoise; the retractile horns or feelers of a snail: especially applied in entomology to parts, as legs or antennæ, which fold down or back into other parts which are hollowed to receive them.
  • Retractive.
  • Synonyms Retracted, Retractile. A retracted part is permanently drawn in or back, and fixed in such position that it cannot be protracted or protrnded. A retractile part is also protractile or protrusile, and capable of retraction when it has been protracted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Physiol.) Capable of retraction; capable of being drawn back or up.

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

  • adjective That can be retracted (as a cat's claws)

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

  • adjective capable of retraction; capable of being drawn back


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