Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Recrystallization (rē*krĭs`t a l*lĭ*zā"shŭn) noun (Chem. & Min.) The process or recrystallizing.

Recrystallize (rē*krĭs"t a l*līz) intransitive verb & t. (Chem. & Min.) To crystallize again. Henry.

Rectal adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the rectum; in the region of the rectum.

Rectangle noun [ French, from Latin rectus right + angulus angle. See Right , and Angle .] (Geom.) A four-sided figure having only right angles; a right-angled parallelogram.

» As the area of a rectangle is expressed by the product of its two dimensions, the term rectangle is sometimes used for product ; as, the rectangle of a and b , that is, ab .

Rectangle adjective Rectangular. [ R.]

Rectangled (-g'ld) adjective Rectangular. Hutton.

Rectangular adjective [ CF. French rectangulaire .] Right-angled; having one or more angles of ninety degrees. -- Rec*tan"gu*lar*ly (r...k*t...n"g...*l...r*l...) adverb -- Rec*tan"gu*lar*ness , noun

Rectangularity noun The quality or condition of being rectangular, or right- angled.

Recti- (r?k"t?*). [ Latin rectus straight.] A combining form signifying straight ; as, recti lineal, having straight lines; recti nerved.

Rectifiable adjective
1. Capable of being rectified; as, a rectifiable mistake.

2. (Math.) Admitting, as a curve, of the construction of a straight l......e equal in length to any definite portion of the curve.

Rectification noun [ Confer French rectification .]
1. The act or operation of rectifying; as, the rectification of an error; the rectification of spirits.

After the rectification of his views, he was incapable of compromise with profounder shapes of error.
De Quincey.

2. (Geom.) The determination of a straight line whose length is equal a portion of a curve.

Rectification of a globe (Astron.) , its adjustment preparatory to the solution of a proposed problem.

Rectificator noun (Chemistry) That which rectifies or refines; esp., a part of a distilling apparatus in which the more volatile portions are separated from the less volatile by the process of evaporation and condensation; a rectifier.

Rectifier noun
1. One who, or that which, rectifies.

2. Specifically: (a) (Nautical) An instrument used for determining and rectifying the variations of the compass on board ship. (b) (Chemistry) A rectificator.

Rectify transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Rectified (-f?d); present participle & verbal noun Rectifying (-f?`?ng).] [ French rectifier , Late Latin rectificare ; Latin rectus right + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Right , and -fy .]
1. To make or set right; to correct from a wrong, erroneous, or false state; to amend; as, to rectify errors, mistakes, or abuses; to rectify the will, the judgment, opinions; to rectify disorders.

I meant to rectify my conscience.
Shak.

This was an error of opinion which a conflicting opinion would have rectified .
Burke.

2. (Chemistry) To refine or purify by repeated distillation or sublimation, by which the fine parts of a substance are separated from the grosser; as, to rectify spirit of wine.

3. (Com.) To produce ( as factitious gin or brandy) by redistilling low wines or ardent spirits (whisky, rum, etc.), flavoring substances, etc., being added.

To rectify a globe , to adjust it in order to prepare for the solution of a proposed problem.

Syn. -- To amend; emend; correct; better; mend; reform; redress; adjust; regulate; improve. See Amend .

Rectilineal adjective [ Recti- + lineal , linear .] Straight; consisting of a straight line or lines; bounded by straight lines; as, a rectineal angle; a rectilinear figure or course. -- Rec`ti*lin"e*al*ly , adverb -- Rec`ti*lin"e*ar*ly , adverb

Rectilinearity noun The quality or state of being rectilinear. Coleridge.

Rectilineous adjective Rectilinear. [ Obsolete] Ray.

Rectinerved adjective [ Recti- + nerve .] (Botany) Having the veins or nerves straight; -- said of leaves.

Rection noun [ Latin rectio , from regere to rule or govern.] (Gram.) See Government , noun , 7. Gibbs.

Rectirostral adjective [ Recti- + rostral .] (Zoology) Having a straight beak.

Rectiserial adjective [ Recti- + serial .] (Botany) Arranged in exactly vertical ranks, as the leaves on stems of many kinds; -- opposed to curviserial .

Rectitis noun [ New Latin See Rectum , and -itis .] (Medicine) Proctitis. Dunglison.

Rectitude noun [ Latin rectitudo , from rectus right, straight: confer French rectitude . See Right .]
1. Straightness. [ R.] Johnson.

2. Rightness of principle or practice; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws; uprightness of mind; uprightness; integrity; honesty; justice.

3. Right judgment. [ R.] Sir G. C. Lewis.

Syn. -- See Justice .

Recto noun [ Abbrev. from Late Latin breve de recto . See Right .] (Law) A writ of right.

Recto noun [ Confer French recto .] (Print.) The right-hand page; -- opposed to verso .

Recto- (r?k"t?*). A combining form indicating connection with , or relation to , the rectum ; as, recto -vesical.

Recto-uterine adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to both the rectum and the uterus.

Recto-vesical adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to both the rectum and the bladder.

Rector noun [ Latin , from regere , rectum , to lead straight, to rule: confer French recteur . See Regiment , Right .]


1. A ruler or governor. [ R.]

God is the supreme rector of the world.
Sir M. Hale.

2. (a) (Ch. of Eng.) A clergyman who has the charge and cure of a parish, and has the tithes, etc.; the clergyman of a parish where the tithes are not impropriate. See the Note under Vicar. Blackstone. (b) (Prot. Epis. Ch.) A clergyman in charge of a parish.

3. The head master of a public school. [ Scot.]

4. The chief elective officer of some universities, as in France and Scotland; sometimes, the head of a college; as, the Rector of Exeter College, or of Lincoln College, at Oxford.

5. (R.C.CH.) The superior officer or chief of a convent or religious house; and among the Jesuits the superior of a house that is a seminary or college.

Rectoral (- a l) adjective [ CF. French rectoral .] Pertaining to a rector or governor.

Rectorate noun [ Late Latin rectoratus : confer French rectorat .] The office, rank, or station of a rector; rectorship.

Rectoress noun
1. A governess; a rectrix. Drayton.

2. The wife of a rector. Thackeray.

Rectorial adjective Pertaining to a rector or a rectory; rectoral. Shipley.

Rectorship noun
1. Government; guidance. [ Obsolete] "The rectorship of judgment." Shak.

2. The office or rank of a rector; rectorate.

Rectory noun ; plural Rectories (-r...z). [ Confer Old French rectorie or rectorerie , Late Latin rectoria .]
1. The province of a rector; a parish church, parsonage, or spiritual living, with all its rights, tithes, and glebes.

2. A rector's mansion; a parsonage house.

Rectovaginal adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to both the rectum and the vagina.

Rectress noun A rectoress. B. Jonson.

Rectrix noun ; plural Rectrices (-tr..."s...z). [ Latin , fem. of rector .]
1. A governess; a rectoress.

2. (Zoology) One of the quill feathers of the tail of a bird.

Rectum noun [ New Latin (sc. intestinum ), from Latin rectus straight. See Right .] (Anat.) The terminal part of the large intestine; -- so named because supposed by the old anatomists to be straight. See Illust. under Digestive .

Rectus noun ; plural Recti (-t...). [ New Latin , from Latin regere to keep straight.] (Anat.) A straight muscle; as, the recti of the eye.

Recubation noun [ Latin recubare to lie upon the back.] Recumbence. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.

Recule intransitive verb To recoil. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Recule noun [ French reculement .] Recoil. [ Obsolete]

Recumb intransitive verb [ Latin recumbere ; prefix re- back + cumbere (in comp.), akin to cubare to lie down.] To lean; to recline; to repose. [ Obsolete] J. Allen (1761).

Recumbence noun The act of leaning, resting, or reclining; the state of being recumbent.

Recumbency noun Recumbence.

Recumbent (-b e t) adjective [ Latin recumbens , -entis , present participle of recumbere . See Recumb , Incumbent .] Leaning; reclining; lying; as, the recumbent posture of the Romans at their meals. Hence, figuratively; Resting; inactive; idle. -- Re*cum"bent*ly , adverb

Recuperable adjective [ Confer F. récup...rable . See Recover .] Recoverable. Sir T. Elyot.

Recuperate intransitive verb [ imperfect &. past participle Recuperated (-?`t?d); present participle & verbal noun Recuperating .] [ Latin recuperatus , past participle of recuperare . See Recover to get again.] To recover health; to regain strength; to convalesce.

Recuperate transitive verb To recover; to regain; as, to recuperate the health or strength.