[syn: receding, recession]
1. (of a hairline e.g.) moving slowly back;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Recede \Re*cede"\ (r[-e]*s[=e]d"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Receded; p. pr. & vb. n. Receding.] [L. recedere,
recessum; pref. re- re- + cedere to go, to go along: cf. F.
rec['e]der. See Cede.]
1. To move back; to retreat; to withdraw.
Like the hollow roar
Of tides receding from the insulted shore. --Dryden.
All bodies moved circularly endeavor to recede from
the center. --Bentley.
2. To withdraw a claim or pretension; to desist; to
relinquish what had been proposed or asserted; as, to
recede from a demand or proposition.
Syn: To retire; retreat; return; retrograde; withdraw;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: (of a hairline e.g.) moving slowly back
n 1: a slow or gradual disappearance [syn: receding,
2: the act of becoming more distant [syn: receding,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
20 Moby Thesaurus words for "receding":
declining, diminishing, dwindling, dying, ebbing, fading,
recedence, recession, retirement, retiring, retractation,
retractility, retraction, retreat, retreating, retrocedence,
shrinking, sinking, waning, withdrawal