1. [ adjective ] moving toward a position farther from the front
Synonyms: retiring

"the receding glaciers of the last ice age" "retiring fogs revealed the rocky coastline"

Related terms: retreating
2. [ noun ] a slow or gradual disappearance
Synonyms: fadeout
Related terms: disappearance dissolve
3. [ adjective ] (of a hairline e.g.) moving slowly back
Related terms: backward
4. [ adjective ] that are flowing away

"the receding waters left muddy devastation"

Related terms: ebb
5. [ noun ] a act of becoming more distant
Synonyms: recession
Related terms: withdrawal fall_back recede
Similar spelling:   recoding