Sentence Examples


  • What a wonderfully active and retentive mind that gifted child must have!
  • An uneven subsoil, especially if retentive, is most undesirable, as water is apt to collect in the hollows, and thus affect the upper soil.
  • If too closely packed, the soil particles present mechanical obstacles to growth; if too retentive of moisture, the root-hairs suffer, as already hinted; if too open or over-drained, the plant succumbs to drought.
  • Steel is much more retentive of magnetism than any ordinary iron, and some form of steel is now always used for making artificial magnets.
  • He was a good palaeographer, and excelled in textual criticism, in examination of authorship, and other such matters, while his vast erudition and retentive memory made him second to none in interpretation and exposition.