from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. That can be drawn back or in: the retractile claws of a cat.
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- adj. That can be retracted (as a cat's claws)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Capable of retraction; capable of being drawn back or up.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Retractable; capable of being retracted, drawn back, or drawn in after protraction or protrusion: correlated with protractile or protrusile, of which it is the opposite: as, the retractile claws of felines: the retractile head of a tortoise; the retractile horns or feelers of a snail: especially applied in entomology to parts, as legs or antennæ, which fold down or back into other parts which are hollowed to receive them.
- Synonyms Retracted, Retractile. A retracted part is permanently drawn in or back, and fixed in such position that it cannot be protracted or protrnded. A retractile part is also protractile or protrusile, and capable of retraction when it has been protracted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of retraction; capable of being drawn back
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