characterized by a slowness or limitation in intellectual understanding and awareness, emotional development, academic progress, etc.
Slang. stupid or foolish.
(used with a plural verb) people who are slow or limited in mental development (usually preceded by the):
new schools for the retarded.
verb (used with object)
to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
verb (used without object)
to be delayed.
a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a person who is cognitively impaired.
a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way:
a hopeless social retard.
Automotive, Machinery. an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle.
underdeveloped, esp mentally and esp having an IQ of 70 to 85 See also ESN, mental handicap, subnormal (sense 2)
(transitive) to delay or slow down (the progress, speed, or development) of (something)
(US, offensive) a retarded person
(US, offensive) a foolish person
- Retarded dentition
retarded dentition re·tard·ed dentition (rĭ-tär’dĭd) n. Dentition in which processes such as calcification, growth, and eruption occur later than normal as a result of some systemic metabolic dysfunction.
noun 1. a retarded person; retardate.
noun 1. a person or thing that retards. 2. Chemistry. any substance added to rubber to delay or prevent vulcanization. any substance added to delay a process. 3. Building Trades. an admixture of concrete or plaster that retards its set. noun 1. a person or thing that retards 2. a substance added to slow down […]
noun 1. the act of retarding or state of being retarded. 2. something that retards; hindrance. 3. Usually Offensive. slowness or limitation in intellectual understanding and awareness, emotional development, academic progress, etc. See also mental retardation. 4. Music. a form of suspension that is resolved upward. noun 1. the act of retarding or the state […]