Retention vs Whethering - What's the difference?

retention | whethering |

As nouns the difference between retention and whethering

is that retention is retention while whethering is (obsolete) the retention of the afterbirth in cows.



(en noun)
  • The act of retaining or something retained
  • * 1599 , , II. iv. 95:
  • No woman's heart / So big, to hold so much; they lack retention .
  • The act or power of remembering things
  • A memory; what is retained in the mind
  • (medicine) The involuntary withholding of urine and faeces
  • (obsolete) That which contains something, as a tablet; a means of preserving impressions.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) The act of withholding; restraint; reserve.
  • * 1599 , , V. i. 79:
  • His life I gave him, and did thereto add / My love without retention or restraint,
  • (obsolete) A place of custody or confinement.
  • (legal) The right to withhold a debt, or of retaining property until a debt due to the person claiming the right is duly paid; a lien.
  • (Erskine)






  • (obsolete) The retention of the afterbirth in cows.
  • (Gardner)


    * OED. (Webster 1913)