retrograde movement


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retrograde movement

Any movement of a command to the rear, or away from the enemy. It may be forced by the enemy or may be made voluntarily. Such movements may be classified as withdrawal, retirement, or delaying action.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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For, although they can inflict instantaneous death by a retrograde movement, yet unless they can at once disengage their stinging extremity from the struggling body of their victim, their own frail bodies are liable to be shattered.
The new system being now established, a retrograde movement to the old would be almost as difficult as the step that placed him in his unparalleled position.
Pickwick advancing towards him with the chaise whip in his hand, than he exchanged the rotary motion in which he had previously indulged, for a retrograde movement of so very determined a character, that it at once drew Mr.
Then the cardinal, whatever he said, very well knew that the horror of bloodshed in this encounter, in which Frenchman would combat against Frenchman, was a retrograde movement of sixty years impressed upon his policy; and the cardinal was at that period what we now call a man of progress.
The retrograde movement of those who now fell back into the plain to escape the death before them was so violent, and their concussion against those who were advancing from the rear so terrible, that numbers were smothered or trampled to death.
I fell asleep on the sofa, however, wondering over and over again how Lucy had made such a retrograde movement, and how she could have been drained of so much blood with no sign any where to show for it.
Within a few years we have witnessed the phenomenon of a southeastward migration, in the settlement of Australia; but this affects us as a retrograde movement, and, judging from the moral and physical character of the first generation of Australians, has not yet proved a successful experiment.
"These stars form a huge 'blob' with a retrograde movement compared to the disk.
A few days ago, your ruling planet Mercury began one of its regular cycles of retrograde movement, which tends to trigger confusion.
War Plan Orange required a retrograde movement to Bataan which was proper so as to be under the protection of the big guns in Corregidor.
In our case, after uncomplicated colonoscopic removal of two button and one cylindrical batteries, the retrograde movement of the last cylindrical one through ileocecal valve was observed.
The origin of the force driving the retrograde movement has been attributed to the polymerization of actin and/or the motor function of nonmuscle myosin II.

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