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Meaning of retainer

re•tain•er

Pronunciation: (ri-tā'nur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that retains.
  2. a servant or attendant who has served a family for many years.
  3. Also calleda ring separating, and moving with, balls or rollers in a bearing.
    1. a fixed or removable device worn in the mouth to hold the teeth in their new position during the adaptive period after straightening appliances have been removed.
    2. Prosthodontics. a part on a bridge or the like by which the bridge is attached to the natural teeth.

re•tain•er

Pronunciation: (ri-tā'nur), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of retaining in one's service.
  2. the fact of being so retained.
  3. a fee paid to secure services, as of a lawyer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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