For Barthes, film animates the photograph, which for him is distensive and retentive , and draws the photograph forth into protensiveness.
The book is packed with little gems of wit and wisdom which often have nothing to do with English usage, but which disclose an extraordinarily lively and retentive intelligence, and make the book a pleasure to read.
Most children with encopresis have retentive encopresis, meaning that the soiling or seepage results because soft or liquid stool is leaking around firmer stool trapped in the colon.
She's very retentive of any facts about the culture, especially about the language.
The memory is sometimes so retentive , so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannical, so beyond control!
Soils tend to be high in acid with a predominance of clay (25 per cent and more), low in pH, but well drained and moisture retentive .
His retentive memory for dates was going to prove a great asset in his later career.
Orwell's strong retentive memory for poetry is also suggested in a 1942 review of the first three of Eliot's Four Quartets.
Giacometti had an exceptionally powerful and retentive visual memory, and his biographer attested to frequent instances of recollections decades old.
You have much comprehension in your dealings with people, and an amazingly retentive memory.