• The Baron's Retainers, Mesdames Blythe and Gay, giving him the results of their readings
    The Baron's Retainers, Mesdames Blythe and Gay, giving him the results of their readings
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n retainer a dental appliance that holds teeth (or a prosthesis) in position after orthodontic treatment
    • n retainer a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
    • n retainer a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is very common for babies in New Zealand to sleep on sheepskins. This is to help them gain weight faster, and retain their body heat
    • Retainer (Law) A fee paid to engage a lawyer or counselor to maintain a cause, or to prevent his being employed by the opposing party in the case; -- called also retaining fee.
    • Retainer Hence, a servant, not a domestic, but occasionally attending and wearing his master's livery.
    • Retainer One who is retained or kept in service; an attendant; an adherent; a hanger-on.
    • Retainer One who, or that which, retains.
    • Retainer (Law) The act of a client by which he engages a lawyer or counselor to manage his cause.
    • Retainer The act of keeping dependents, or the state of being in dependence.
    • Retainer (Law) The act of withholding what one has in his hands by virtue of some right.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Heat is better retained in moist air than in dry air,which is why tropical nights are warm and desert nights are cold.
    • n retainer One who or that which retains.
    • n retainer One who is kept in service; a dependent; an attendant; especially, a follower who wears his master's livery, but ranks higher than a domestic.
    • n retainer A sutler, camp-follower, or any person serving with an army who, though not enlisted, is subject to orders according to the rules and articles of war.
    • n retainer One who is connected with or frequents a certain place; an attendant.
    • n retainer The act of retaining dependents; entrance into service as a retainer; the state of being a retainer.
    • n retainer That by which a person's services are secured; a fee.
    • n retainer Specifically, in law:
    • n retainer Same as retaining fee (which see, under fee).
    • n retainer An authority given to an attorney or a solicitor to proceed in an action
    • n retainer The unlawful taking or detention of a known servant from his master during the period of service.
    • n retainer The act of an executor or administrator who is a creditor of the decedent, or whose estate he represents, in withholding from the fund so much as will pay what is due him: formerly allowed to be done even before any other creditors whose debts were of equal degree were paid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most landfilled trash retains its original weight, volume, and form for 40 years.
    • ns Retainer one who is retained or kept in service: a dependant, but higher than a servant: a sutler: a retaining fee
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.”
  • Tryon Edwards
    “Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another -- too often ending in the loss of both.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Litigant. A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.”
  • Otto Weininger
    Otto Weininger
    “No men who really think deeply about women retain a high opinion of them; men either despise women or they have never thought seriously about them.”
  • Lord Byron
    “As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. retinērere-, back, tenēre, to hold.


In literature:

Mr. Benfield was a bachelor of eighty, but retained the personal activity of a man of sixty.
"Precaution" by James Fenimore Cooper
Owen was often sent away, or retained for such a time as his criticism might be of use.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
The body lay in the great hall, where he had so recently feasted his retainers after the return from Stamford Bridge.
"The Rival Heirs being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune" by A. D. Crake
If a sheriff received more than necessary, he retained the difference as his lawful profit of office.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The question most often asked by women is regarding the art of retaining, with advancing years, the bloom and grace of youth.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
Facing her sat an elderly person, who had retained her bonnet and shawl, and was evidently paying a visit.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
During the whole passage he retained his place on the quarter deck and in the cabin.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
If you wish, to eat the beef cold, keep it well covered that it may retain its moisture.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
For its nourishment is drawn from its mother, and the wretched mother is the wife of a retainer who is fed by his lord.
"After London" by Richard Jefferies
In Ulster both the contending organizations necessarily acquired a religious form and necessarily retained it.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers

In poetry:

Go buy a book; a dainty eaten
Is vanished, and no sweets remain;
They who their minds with knowledge sweeten,
The savour long as life retain.
"Moderation In Diet" by Charles Lamb
Oh, may their graceful figures long
Their youthful energy retain,
And may they meet no heartless wrong,
To fill their gentle souls with pain.
"Kelvin" by Thomas Frederick Young
The many old pleasures that die,
Make but the sparse new that remain,
Which none but proud fortune can buy,
While nothing the poor can retain.
"The Deserted Road" by Albery Allson Whitman
Where rests the secret? Where the keys
Of the old death-bolted mysteries?
Alas! the dead retain their trust;
Dust hath no answer from the dust.
"Questions Of Life" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The face of the one
Is like the sun,
With its warmth, and light, and cheer;
But the faun looks down
With ugly frown,
And his lips retain a sneer.
"The Cascade" by John Lawson Stoddard
May both retain those feelings long,
Which prompt the words of friendly tongue,
May I not fail to think of thee,
Nor you to think of T. F. Young.
"To A Friend" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Erie architect Jeff Kidder has purchased landmark bed-and-breakfast the Boothby Inn and plans to retain its name when the inn, at 311 W Sixth St, reopens Nov 26.
'Dragons: Riders of Berk ,' a Cartoon Network series, follows the movie 'How to Train Your Dragon,' retaining its personality and Jay Baruchel, voice of Hiccup.
Should Justice Wiggins be retained on the Iowa Supreme Court.
Once learned, it is a skill always retained.
Singapore – Chris John remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo on Friday to retain his WBA featherweight title.
Mexico retains US trucker after prison release.
With our method, you're trying to retain as much gas in the dough as possible, and punching it down knocks out gas and will make your pizza and flatbreads dense.
5 Ron Gant retained his old number as he took a swing at a new career Thursday morning as co-anchor of Fox 5's "Good Day Atlanta" program.
Bolt became the first man to retain his 100m and 200m Olympic titles in London.
The Kitsap County commissioners have retained an executive search firm to find a replacement for Department of Community Development Director Kamuron Gurol, who resigned last month for family reasons.
Consider 14 ways to retain these valued employees.
Chappell in good position to retain Tour card.
Workers in 1932 construct the retaining wall for the road on top of Hoover Dam , over the Colorado River.
The ARCSI Board of Directors conferred and decided they did not have the resources to open a school and retain instructors.
The art of celebrating longevity while retaining youthful panache .

In science:

On a Dirichlet boundary, ˜ζ1 retains its standard value ˜ζ1 = 1, which can be derived directly, e.g., from the Green function formalism.
Conformal Random Geometry
The fluxels whose bisectors contribute to the shape of the Voronoi cell are the neighbors of the central fluxel, and a list of them is retained.
Fluxon Modeling of Low-Beta Plasmas
While better attention to the seed field would reduce this artifact, we have retained it here to point out the care that is required in selecting the initial seed field and fluxon locations.
Fluxon Modeling of Low-Beta Plasmas
By relaxing the condition that P and Q are k -near geodesics (but retaining the condition that their length is at most d(u, v ) + 4k + ω (n)), we may take the rest of the pairing to be random.
Geodesics and almost geodesic cycles in random regular graphs
Space independent profile for φ, however, does retain the non-gravitating property.
Non-Gravitating Scalar Field in the FRW Background