Main meanings of retro-fire in English

: retro-fire1retro-fire2

retro-fire1

Pronunciation /ˈrɛtrəʊfʌɪə/

noun

Science Fiction
  • The part of a space mission in which the retro-rockets of a spacecraft are fired; the firing itself.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Journal of the Franklin Institute. From retro- + fire.

Main meanings of retro-fire in English

: retro-fire1retro-fire2

retro-fire2

Pronunciation /ˈrɛtrəʊfʌɪə/

verb

  • 1To fire backwards; especially to fire (a rocket engine) in a direction which provides a spacecraft with reverse thrust and so slows any forward motion; to give (a spacecraft, missile, etc.) reverse thrust by firing a retro-rocket.

  • 2To fire the retro-rockets of a spacecraft.

Origin

1960s. From retro- + fire.