Definitions of rectify

  1. set straight or right; " remedy these deficiencies"; " rectify the inequities in salaries"; " repair an oversight"
  2. make right or correct; " Correct the mistakes"; " rectify the calculation"
  3. bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one; " The Church reformed me"; " reform your conduct"
  4. math: determine the length of; " rectify a curve"
  5. convert into direct current; " rectify alternating current"
  6. reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; " refine sugar"
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. To produce ( as factitious gin or brandy) by redistilling low wines or ardent spirits ( whisky, rum, etc.), flavoring substances, etc., being added.
  10. To correct the faults in; to remove mistakes from; to set right; refine or purify; as, to rectify whisky.
  11. Rectifier, rectification.
  12. Rectified.
  13. Rectifying.
  14. 1. To purify or refine. 2. To make straight.
  15. To make straight or right: to adjust: to correct or redress: to refine by distillation:- pa. t. and pa. p. rectified.
  16. rectifica'tion.
  17. To set right; correct; refine by distillation.
  18. To correct; amend; purify.
  19. Rectifier.
  20. To correct; to refine by repeated distillation or sublimation. To rectify a globe, to adjust it for the solution of a proposed problem.
  21. To make or set right; to correct; to redress; in chem., to purify a substance by repeated distillation; to regulate or adjust.

Usage examples for rectify

  1. It is obvious that such a gauge may be applied to the work while it is running in the lathe, and that when the size at A wears too large the jaw may be closed to correct it; a plan that is also pursued to rectify the caliper gauge shown in Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. If this line appears straight while the barrel is rotated the bore is straight; but if the line waves the barrel requires straightening, the judgment of the operator being relied upon to determine the amount of the error, its location, and the force and nature of the blow necessary to rectify it. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  3. There I saw the last of one who deemed it as simple a matter to renounce his savings for old age, to rectify an error of justice, as to plant his foot on the pavement; a man whose only burden was the folly of men. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  4. That is not the way to secure a better settlement of those differences or to secure international machinery which can rectify mistakes which may be made. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  5. The imagination might be defined as the common sense of the invisible world, as the understanding is of the visible; and as those are the finest individual characters in which the two moderate and rectify each other, so those are the finest eras where the same may be said of society. – The Function Of The Poet And Other Essays by James Russell Lowell
  6. Dr. Baxter, by admitting me, had abandoned his ground, acknowledged that men alone could not manage a first- class hospital; and having discovered his mistake, was bound to rectify it by admitting a corps of lady nurses. – Half a Century by Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm
  7. " These reforms," he wrote, " are our contemporaries; they are ourselves, our own light and sight and conscience; they only name the relation which subsists between us and the vicious institutions which they go to rectify – Emerson and Other Essays by John Jay Chapman
  8. I prescribed steel, wine, and strengthening food, to rectify the poverty of blood, and declared that the remedies by which the old doctor hoped to ward off the disease were as bad as poison in her case. – The Dead Lake and Other Tales by Paul Heyse
  9. " The dog perceived his want of recollection, and wishing to rectify it, ran to fetch the bag; but it was too heavy for him to drag along. – Minnie's Pet Dog by Madeline Leslie
  10. The inferior courts were also required to make monthly returns of their proceedings to the higher ones, and these made reports in like manner to the viceroys; so that the monarch, seated in the centre of his dominions, could look abroad, as it were, to the most distant extremities, and review and rectify any abuses in the administration of the law. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru by Prescott, William Hickling
  11. He was disturbed to think that the honour of knighthood had not yet been conferred upon him, but determined to rectify this matter at an early opportunity, and rode on soliloquising, after the manner of knight- errants, as happy as a man might be. – The Worlds Greatest Books Vol. II: Fiction by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
  12. He felt it; he hastened to rectify his error. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  13. But we will rectify all in the right way, which is the French.... – Cosmopolis, Complete by Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  14. " Yes," said Fleda, drawing rather a long breath, " I acknowledge that; but I think that, while some of these same Englishmen have shown themselves so unwilling to have the condition of their own factory slaves ameliorated, they should be very gentle in speaking of wrongs which we have far less ability to rectify – Queechy, Volume II by Elizabeth Wetherell
  15. In order to complete and rectify our conclusions we have still to study the harmony of the facts. – Introduction to the Study of History by Charles V. Langlois Charles Seignobos
  16. To rectify this discrepancy we must suppress 10 minutes, calling it 6 p. – Our Calendar by George Nichols Packer
  17. In the parliamentary debate of December 9 he sought to rectify this mistake by stating that he had never asserted that a new frontier was the object of the war, but rather a possible consequence. – The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.) by John Holland Rose
  18. " Is it not," said Miss Eleanor, " a misunderstanding that a change of names will rectify – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  19. Perhaps, at a future time, I may rectify my errors. – The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
  20. I am sure that Miss Harding and Miss Dean will rectify the matter with an apology. – Marjorie Dean, High School Junior by Pauline Lester