4. Motion with reference to direction
[Motion backwards.] Regression.
[Nouns] regress, regression; retrocession, retrogression, retrograduation, retroaction; reculade; retreat, withdrawal, retirement, remigration; recession (motion from) [more]; recess; crab-like motion.
refluence, reflux; backwater, regurgitation, ebb, return; resilience, reflexion (recoil) [more]; volte-face.
counter motion, counter movement, counter march; veering, tergiversation, recidivation, backsliding, fall; deterioration [more]; recidivism, recidivity.
turning point (reversion) [more].
[Verbs] recede, regrade, return, revert, retreat, retire; retrograde, retrocede; back out; back down; balk; crawfish [U.S.], crawl; withdraw; rebound [more]; go back, come back, turn back, hark back, draw back, fall back, get back, put back, run back; lose ground; fall astern, drop astern; backwater, put about; take the back track; veer round; double, wheel, countermarch; ebb, regurgitate; jib, shrink, shy.
turn tail, turn round, turn upon one's heel, turn one's back upon; retrace one's steps, dance the back step; sound a retreat, beat a retreat; go home.
[Adjectives] receding; retrograde, retrogressive; regressive, refluent, reflex, recidivous, resilient; crab-like; balky; reactionary [more].