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  • 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
Its retention was enough to prevent any thorough restoration of good feeling.
"History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The memory is retentive on these occasions, and the man's character is blasted for life.
"A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity." by William Wilberforce
The more the lad thought the matter over the more plausible the retention of the money seemed.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
The pastor, representing the interests of temperance, had a large majority for his retention.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
We captured so many that first day it was hard to get them all back quickly to the retention camps.
"The Fight for the Argonne" by William Benjamin West
However, retention of a course found to be costly may be justified for sound reasons.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
This fact alone will mean the retention of the lecture system, wherever it can possibly be employed with success.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Lately, I have wished that her memory were just a bit more retentive.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
Yet the retention of these very diamonds had been a great cause of offence against Lord Hope's second wife.
"The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals" by Ann S. Stephens
Possessing an intellect at once readily receptive and retentive, he was a diligent student in a number of fields of research.
"Makers and Romance of Alabama History" by B. F. Riley

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
It is understandable, perhaps, that ESPs in clusters could be influenced by the dense environment there, affecting planet formation and retention – but not all of the observing campaigns have been towards clusters.
A rigorous comparison of different planet detection algorithms
The main characteristics of the pp cascade spectrum resulting from these choices are readily predictable: the harder form of the sibyll form factor allows a greater retention of energy by the leading particle, and hence less available for the ensuing shower.
Phenomenology of cosmic ray air showers
There may be long periods in which the mass transfer period is too low (or too high) for mass retention.
The Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae: Are They Supersoft Sources?
The corrections involving the axial vector coupling in the charge-retention order can be obtained from those in the vector case by means of the formal transformation ψe → ψ ′ e = γ5ψe, me → −me in the Lagrangian density.
Radiative Corrections in Precision Electroweak Physics: a Historical Perspective
The subset of such systems in which there is no second spiral-in and supernova are the ones most likely to dominate neutron star retention in clusters.
Binaries in Globular Clusters
Subsequent to freeze-out (i.e., at t > 0), these nuclei are sub ject to modification by further neutrino interactions (for ∼ 10 s, the so-called “postprocessing”) and β -decays and to implantation into the pre-existing diamond grains (with retention of only the stable nuclei).
Neutrino fluence after r-process freeze-out and abundances of Te isotopes in presolar diamonds
The present results depend on a model for retention of only the stable isotopes after implantation of supernova r-process products into the microdiamonds.
Neutrino fluence after r-process freeze-out and abundances of Te isotopes in presolar diamonds
It follows that the timescale for retention of the stable isotopes necessary to produce the observed 128Te/130Te ratio in the diamonds must be at least a few hours after r-process freeze-out, i.e., tret ∼> 104 s.
Neutrino fluence after r-process freeze-out and abundances of Te isotopes in presolar diamonds
These bounds on tret are reasonably consistent with the retention timescale (∼ 7.5 × 103 s) calculated by Ott (1996) from the Xe-H data.
Neutrino fluence after r-process freeze-out and abundances of Te isotopes in presolar diamonds
The second class of issues is related to the mechanisms of selective trapping/retention of stable nuclei as compared with almost complete loss of radioactive species and the conditions under which this may take place relative to the timescales presented here.
Neutrino fluence after r-process freeze-out and abundances of Te isotopes in presolar diamonds