• WordNet 3.6
    • n retention the act of retaining something
    • n retention the power of retaining liquid "moisture retentivity of soil"
    • n retention the power of retaining and recalling past experience "he had a good memory when he was younger"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The major side effects from abusing anabolic steroids can include liver tumors and cancer, jaundice (yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids), fluid retention, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol), and decreases in HDL (good cholesterol). Other side effects include kidney tumors, severe acne, and trembling.
    • Retention Place of custody or confinement.
    • Retention That which contains something, as a tablet;
    • Retention The act of retaining, or the state of being ratined.
    • Retention The act of withholding; retraint; reserve.
    • Retention The power of retaining; retentiveness. "No woman's heart
      So big, to hold so much; they lack retention ."
    • Retention (Law) The right of withholding a debt, or of retaining property until a debt due to the person claiming the right be duly paid; a lien.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n retention The act of retaining or keeping back; restraint; reserve.
    • n retention The act of retaining or holding as one's own; continued possession or ownership.
    • n retention Continuance or perseverance, as in the use or practice of anything; preservation.
    • n retention The act of retaining or keeping in mind; especially, that activity of the mind by which it retains ideas; the retentive faculty: often used as synonymous with memory.
    • n retention Hence That which retains impressions, as a tablet.
    • n retention In medicine:
    • n retention The power of retaining, as in the stomach or bladder; inability to void or discharge: as, the retention of food or medicine by the stomach; retention of urine.
    • n retention Hence— A morbid accumulation of solid or liquid matter in vessels of the body or cavities intended to contain it only for a time.
    • n retention The state of being confined; custody; confinement.
    • n retention In Scots law, a lien; the right of withholding a debt or retaining property until a debt due to the person claiming this right is duly paid.
    • n retention Synonyms Reservation, preservation. See keep.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Retention rē-ten′shun act or power of retaining: memory: restraint: custody: preservation: :
    • n Retention rē-ten′shun (med.) power of retaining, inability to void
    • n Retention rē-ten′shun (Scots law) a lien, the right of withholding a debt until a debt due to the claimant is paid
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  • Elbert Hubbard
    “A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “The palest ink lasts longer than the most retentive memory.”
  • Madonna
    “I'm anal retentive. I'm a workaholic. I have insomnia. And I'm a control freak. That's why I'm not married. Who could stand me?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. retentio,: cf. F. rétention,. See Retain


In literature:

Mr. CHURCHILL'S defence of its retention was more ingenious than convincing.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 12, 1920" by Various
The House at once insisted on the retention of its power.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The accidental retention of particles and articles is also effective, e.g.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Equally would I incite you to the retention of your youthful Frankness, and Simplicity.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
I soon perceived that he had a very retentive memory, and was full of anecdote.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
Retention, definition of, 63.
"Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Fortunately, Joan herself was gifted with quick perception and a retentive memory.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
This fact alone would have justified the retention of the ambulance.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
Hence, to its power of prostrating the muscular energy, it owes its efficacy in preventing retention of urine.
"A Dissertation on the Medical Properties and Injurious Effects of the Habitual Use of Tobacco" by A. McAllister
Success cannot be expected in a soil unduly retentive of moisture.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford

In poetry:

"I have, and pride myself on having,
A more retentive head than she."—
Then gracefully his right hand waving,
He with no little vanity
"The Text" by Charles Lamb

In news:

SUV becomes submerged in retention pond .
Michael Eli Hampton, 23, was found Wednesday morning in a retention pond at The Club at Renaissance in south Fort Myers.
Approval would require retention votes in St Louis, Kansas City.
Supreme Court justices cruise to merit retention wins.
According to the death certificate, Dick had prostate surgery due to, quote, "acute urinary retention" which was caused by an enlarged prostate .
Making retention and student success part of your campus culture.
Florida justices hit the road to make case for retention on bench.
Analyzing the role of financial aid in retention helps paint a true picture of why students may choose to leave.
Channel margins obtained from the marketplace and also from retention of discounts/ rebates from manufacturers on average total only 11% to 12.
"This will help us in our recruiting and retention of great talent," says Dave Gilbert, CEO of Internet calling service SimpleSignal, which announced its unlimited vacation policy last month.
Human Resources Management featuring HR news on Retention .
Falcons master art of retention .
Retention is as Important as Recruiting.
Saul Gonzalez will tell you that driver retention is one of the most important issues facing the truckload industry right now – affecting everything from equipment choice, pay and benefits, even the type of freight carriers choose to haul.
Salon Client Retention , Loyalty Stats.

In science:

We now turn to the classical case of Bernoulli site percolation with retention parameter p ∈ [0, 1].
The random geometry of equilibrium phases
Theorem 5.5 For Bernoul li site percolation on Zd with retention parameter p < pc , we have ψp (|C0 |) < ∞.
The random geometry of equilibrium phases
It is not hard to verify that this is indeed the case for supercritical Bernoulli site or bond percolation (except in the trivial case when the retention probability p is 1), and a corresponding result for automorphism invariant percolation on Td can be found in [118].
The random geometry of equilibrium phases
One can hypothesize that students could immediately recall the group responses for all the 32 test items in the GI treatment and their superior performance does not reflect the effectiveness of group work with regard to the retention of the concepts discussed.
Effectiveness of group interaction on conceptual standardized test performance
To investigate the impact of group interaction on retention, two weeks after the IG and GI treatments, all students individually took the CSEM test again.
Effectiveness of group interaction on conceptual standardized test performance