• WordNet 3.6
    • v recede become faint or more distant "the unhappy memories of her childhood receded as she grew older"
    • v recede retreat
    • v recede pull back or move away or backward "The enemy withdrew","The limo pulled away from the curb"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Julius Caesar was self-conscious about his receding hairline.
    • v. t Recede rē*sēd" To cede back; to grant or yield again to a former possessor; as, to recede conquered territory.
    • Recede To move back; to retreat; to withdraw. "Like the hollow roar
      Of tides receding from the insulted shore."
      "All bodies moved circularly endeavor to recede from the center."
    • Recede To withdraw a claim or pretension; to desist; to relinquish what had been proposed or asserted; as, to recede from a demand or proposition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recede To move back; retreat; withdraw; fall away.
    • recede To withdraw an affirmation, a belief, a demand, or the like; turn back or aside.
    • recede To have a backward inclination, slope, or tendency: as, a receding coast-line; a receding chin. Synonyms To retire, retrograde, give way. See retreat.
    • recede To cede back; grant or yield to a former possessor: as, to recede conquered territory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Recede rē-sēd′ to go or fall back: to retreat: to bend or tend in a backward direction: to withdraw: to give up a claim
    • v.t Recede to cede back, as to a former possessor
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  • Naomi Wolf
    Naomi Wolf
    “The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion.”
  • Vaclav Hlavaty
    Vaclav Hlavaty
    “The farther we go, the more the ultimate explanation recedes from us, and all we have left is faith.”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
    “Nothing recedes like progress.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Society acquires new arts, and loses old instincts.”
  • Robert Penn Warren
    Robert Penn Warren
    “More and more Emerson recedes grandly into history, as the future he predicted becomes a past.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. recedere, recessum,; pref. re-, re- + cedere, to go, to go along: cf. F. recéder,. See Cede


In literature:

Independent of rule, a low ceiling should be in receding color.
"Color Value" by C. R. Clifford
The scanner showed the sea receding.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
At times it seemed to creep closer and then recede again.
"The Airlords of Han" by Philip Francis Nowlan
The world had receded from him, and nobody cared or noticed.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
On each side at irregular distances were three tents, one row advancing from the forest, the other receding into it.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
He was quite willing to marry her if she would herself say that she was willing so far to recede from her former resolution.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Antony looked after her figure receding in the darkness.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
It has five stories, the walls of each receding from those below it.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
Shall we then recede, when all Europe is looking on and encouraging us?
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
Types possessing the greatest capacity for murder progress most rapidly, and those with the least recede and determine.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
Little by little, the water receded.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
The long facade of the great building, whose roof he had looked down upon before, was now receding in perspective.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
Now that the waters have receded there is danger from falling walls.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
From this I understand how it is that the shore seems to recede as you sail away from it.
"The World I Live In" by Helen Keller
Seating himself upon the ground, he watched the receding boat, as the lusty oarsmen drove it rapidly through the water.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
The beauties of the landscape slowly receded.
"Alonzo and Melissa" by Daniel Jackson, Jr.
He pictured the Soma cascading through his body, and the pain receded.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Sometimes the forehead is receding, as in apes (19%), or low and narrow (10%).
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
They stared silently at Colonel Boynton, and they saw the blood recede from his face, while his cool voice went on unmoved with its replies.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Hilary surveyed their receding backs thoughtfully.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner

In poetry:

My heart sinks within me, I sigh to the gale,
Thus slowly receding from shore,
While fancy still whispers some terrible tale,
A perhaps I may see it no more!
"Another," by Matilda Betham
No wailing trumpet and no tolling bell,
No cannon, save the battle's boom receding,
When Stuart to the grave we bore, might tell,
With hearts all crushed and bleeding.
"Obsequies Of Stuart" by John Reuben Thompson
While I, as hope, and strength, and life recede,
Far, far from thee shall waste the languid day;
Blest, if the scroll that speaks thy bliss I read,
But far more blest to feel life's powers decay.
"Love Elegy, to Henry" by Amelia Opie
Did strains of sweet music her senses entrance
While Earth, with her loved ones, receded in air?
Did friends who had left it, to greet her, advance
And joyfully lead her to dwell with them, there?
"Transition" by Mary Eliza Ireland
The drooping seaweed hears, in night abyssed,
Far and more far the wave's receding shocks,
Nor doubts, for all the darkness and the mist,
That the pale shepherdess will keep her tryst,
And shoreward lead again her foam-fleeced flocks.
"Seaweed" by James Russell Lowell
Hence, then, for ever, from my Emma's breast
(That heaven of softness and that seat of rest)
Ye doubts and tears, and all that know to move
Tormenting grief, and all that trouble love;
Scatter'd by winds recede, and wild in forests rove.
"Henry And Emma. A Poem." by Matthew Prior

In news:

Floodwaters Begin to Recede in Venice.
Housing Poised to Recede Oct 21, 2005 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Is 'Obamacare' receding as a GOP cause.
Tide of war is receding .
President Obama spoke at Arlington National Cemetery where he paid tribute to the nation's service members and veterans and vowed that the tide of war is receding .
The Tide Of War Is Receding .
"Tide of war is receding ".
Obama: "Tide of war is receding ".
Impact of receding snow and ice surprises scientists.
Floodwaters receding , but challenges remain.
Obama's Florida trip: With BP oil spill receding , time for a swim.
Receding Waters Reveal Destruction.
Water in Owego receding - but still very high.
Pew on Gingrich's Receding Storyline.
Water Receding At Edgewood Road.

In science:

The ratio of the proper motions is simply the ratio of the Doppler factors, so µrec (cid:19)k−α = (cid:18) µapp Thus once µapp and µrec have been measured, the only additional information obtained by measuring the flux ratio between approaching and receding jet relates to the parameter k.
Uses and limitations of relativistic jet proper motions: lessons from galactic microquasars
The receding proper motions are very similar for all intrinsic Lorentz factors, but the approaching proper motions are differing functions which peak at progressively smaller angles (the peaks occur at θ ∼ 1/Γ radians).
Uses and limitations of relativistic jet proper motions: lessons from galactic microquasars
Proper motions for approaching and receding jets for the same range in Lorentz factors, scaled to 1 kpc.
Uses and limitations of relativistic jet proper motions: lessons from galactic microquasars
The receding jets all show approximately the same proper motions; the approaching jets peak at an angle θ ∼ 1/Γ.
Uses and limitations of relativistic jet proper motions: lessons from galactic microquasars
The frictional force is monitored by measuring the receding of the spring from its rest position with an inductive sensor (ElectroCorp, EMD1053).
Friction and dilatancy in immersed granular matter
The fragments recede from each other as given by the pre-existing expansion of the fireball.
DRAGON: Monte Carlo generator of particle production from a fragmented fireball in ultrarelativistic nuclear collisions
Tolman (1930, 1934) discovered the effect that the surface brightness of a “standard” radiating ob ject that is receding with redshift z will be fainter than a similar stationary “standard” ob ject at rest by (1 + z)4 .
The Tolman Surface Brightness Test for the Reality of the Expansion. V. Provenance of the Test and a New Representation of the Data for Three Remote HST Galaxy Clusters
Moreover, a re-analysis of the RXTE and XMM data for Swift 1753.5-0127 showed that a receded disk cannot be ruled out .
States and transitions in black-hole binaries
Expansion of the Universe First observed by Hubble in 1929 , many experiments have since confirmed that galaxies (with the exception of the closest ones) are receding from us, with a velocity proportional to their distance, leading to redshift in their observed spectra (see Fig. 1.2).
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Such shifts are frequency shifts of a receding or approaching gas cloud, respectively.
Galactic rotation curves in modified gravity with non-minimal coupling between matter and geometry
The dust grains are receding from the nucleus with a velocity vd cos(ψ) (red arrows in Figure 9), and the scattered emission lines are redshifted with this velocity.
Spectropolarimetry of the superwind filaments of the starburst galaxy M82: kinematics of dust outflow
It is shown that the astrometric relative velocity of a radially receding test particle cannot be superluminal in any expanding Robertson-Walker spacetime.
Relative velocities for radial motion in expanding Robertson-Walker spacetimes
Fermi coordinates were then used to calculate the (finite) diameter of the Fermi space slice, as a function of the observer’s proper time, and Fermi velocities of (receding) comoving test particles.
Relative velocities for radial motion in expanding Robertson-Walker spacetimes
However, a sharp upper bound for the case of a radially receding test particle is given by (cid:107)vast(cid:107) < −˜gτ τ /2, where the right side of this inequality is the relative speed, dδ/dτ , of a distant radially receding photon.
Relative velocities for radial motion in expanding Robertson-Walker spacetimes
Proposition 2.2 In any expanding Robertson-Walker spacetime, the astrometric relative velocity of a radial ly receding test particle is always less than the central observer’s local speed of light (c = 1).
Relative velocities for radial motion in expanding Robertson-Walker spacetimes