receding

Anything that's receding is fading or moving backwards. A receding shoreline often forms around a lake during a drought — as the lake grows smaller, the edge of the shore slowly moves back.

You'll often find the adjective receding describing a man's hair in the process of very gradually going bald: "He's a tall guy with a receding hairline and glasses." As a noun, receding means a quality or act of disappearing or fading away. The receding of your childhood home in the rearview mirror is a good metaphor for growing up and moving on.

Definitions of receding
1

adj (of a hairline e.g.) moving slowly back

Synonyms:
backward
directed or facing toward the back or rear

n a slow or gradual disappearance

Synonyms:
fadeout
Type of:
disappearance
the event of passing out of sight

n the act of becoming more distant

Synonyms:
recession
Type of:
withdrawal
the act of withdrawing

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.