• WordNet 3.6
    • n rector a person authorized to conduct religious worship "clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rector A clergyman in charge of a parish.
    • Rector 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.
    • Rector A ruler or governor. "God is the supreme rector of the world."
    • Rector 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.
    • Rector The head master of a public school.
    • Rector (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rector A ruler or governor.
    • n rector In the Ch. of Eng., a clergyman who has the charge of a parish and full possession of all the rights and privileges attached thereto. He differs from the vicar in that the latter is entitled only to a certain proportion of the ecclesiastical income specially set apart to the vicarage. The latter, again, differs from the curate (in the narrower or popular sense of that word), who is subject to the incumbent, whether rector or vicar, and the amount of whose salary is determined not by the law, but by the patron of the benefice, or by the incumbent employing him. Abbreviated Rect.
    • n rector In the United States, a clergyman in charge of a parish in the Protestant Episcopal Church.
    • n rector In the Roman Catholic Church, an ecclesiastic in charge of a congregation, a college, or a religious house; specifically, the superior of a Jesuit seminary or college.
    • n rector The chief elective officer of some universities, as in France and Scotland. In Scotland rector is also the title of the head master of an academy or important public school; in England, of the heads of Exeter and Lincoln colleges, Oxford. In the United States it is a title assumed by the principals of some private schools: as, the rectors of St. John's and St. Paul's. In Germany rector is the title of the head of a higher school; the chief officer of a university is styled rector magnificus or, when the prince of the country is the titular head, rector magnificentissimus.
    • n rector The presiding officer or chairman of certain gilds and associations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rector rek′tor a ruler: in the Church of England, a clergyman who has the charge and cure of a parish where the tithes are not impropriate, and who accordingly has the whole right to the ecclesiastical dues therein: a common name for all incumbents in the Episcopal churches of the United States and (since 1890) Scotland: the head-master of a superior public school in Scotland, Germany, &c.: the chief elective officer of certain Scotch and French universities: the head of Lincoln and of Exeter Colleges, Oxford, &c.:
    • n Rector rek′tor (R.C.) an ecclesiastic in charge of a congregation, a college, or religious house, esp. the head of a Jesuit seminary
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. regere, rectum, to lead straight, to rule: cf. F. recteur,. See Regiment Right
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—regĕre, rectum, to rule.


In literature:

The first rector was Reverend Mr. Sayrs of Port Tobacco in 1804.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
The other person was of course the rector.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
Edmund, Rector of Hodnet.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
The late Rector had been equally uninformed.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
The door of the conservatory was ajar also, and this the rector pushed open.
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
No, she could not imagine herself facing the rector's gray eyes, and telling him an awful lie.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
The bishop and prefect will be members of this council, and will have votes in the meetings, above the rector.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
This old friend was Mr. Lennard, rector of the Sussex village where she was born.
"A Vanished Hand" by Sarah Doudney
I crossed to look at it more closely, but as I did so the door opened, and I found myself face to face with the rector of Middleton.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
Dr. William Berrian was the acceptable rector of St. John's, which was then as now a chapel of Trinity Parish.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
The last rector had five babies and seventeen cents to feed 'em with.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
Then the Rector came in and took her by both hands, and gave her the most friendly greeting.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
But husband, here, has offered her a wager of a bonnet against a hat that the rector will upset her new schemes.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Now the Rector understood that there were two Rectors under that one hide of his.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The introduction took place, and the rector's wife received the visitor as cordially as the rector had.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The ladies smiled, but the rector did not altogether relish the reply.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
And in the newly-furnished sober drawing-room sat a very old lady, lively but infirm, who was the Rector's mother.
"The Rector" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Charles Comfort, and that he was rector of Cawston, a parish in Devonshire, about two miles out of Baslehurst.
"Rachel Ray" by Anthony Trollope
The eyes of the lady to whom the rector was retailing his little gossip were intently on him.
"The Sentimental Adventures of Jimmy Bulstrode" by Marie Van Vorst
Late, when the moon had already risen from behind the wood, hesitating little hands knocked at the rector's door.
"Four Phases of Love" by Paul Heyse

In poetry:

The Rector met a little lass
Who led a heifer by a rope.
Said he: "Why don't you go to Mass?
Do you not want to please the Pope?"
"The Farmer's Daughter" by Robert W Service
The Rector frowned. ";Tis wrong, I wist
To leave your prayer-book on the shelf.
Your father has a stronger wrist;
Why can't he do the job himself?"
"The Farmer's Daughter" by Robert W Service
But worn't I main happy, and well nigh a crazy,
When I heard her her say "Yes," blushin' sweet as a daisy!
We was axed in the church--no one dared to say nay;
So The Rector he spliced us, one fine soommer day.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - IV" by E W Bowling
I was the rector's son, born to the Anglican order,
Banned for ever from the candles of the Irish poor;
The Chichesters knelt in marble at the end of a transept
With ruffs about their necks, their portion sure.
"Carrickfergus" by Louis MacNeice
I took a stand as rectors should, and fussed and fumed and that,
And lavished pointed rhetoric and wisdom – on the cat;
But on he went from bad to worse: bedad, it shocked me much
To hear him speak of dignitaries as cylinders and such.
"My Curate's Motor Bike" by John O Brien
It is good to know, now that the bell strikes noon.
In this day's sun, the hedges are Episcopalian
As noon is marked by the twelve iron beats.
The rector moves ruminantly among the gravestones,
And the sound of a dead Europe hangs in the streets.
"The Bell From Europe" by Weldon Kees

In news:

James F Crookston will serve as rector of St John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown and pastor of the parish effective Wednesday.
Faydra Rector , MA is a mental health administrator, author, public speaker, educator and life coach who lives in Red Bluff.
Cathedral rector stable after heart attack.
Cameo Rector recently learned her poem, "Make-up," had been published by Creative Communication in a compilation of national contest entries.
Brittany Rector Talks About Life As A Fugitive.
UVa vice rector resigns after president's ouster.
Other Rector Arkansas Used Cars by Make.
MINI Used Cars in Rector .
New rector named at St Andrew's.
Michelle Lyn Robertshaw as its new rector .
Brittany Rector serves dinner at church, has 'a lot to deal with' after arrest with two prison escapees.
A judge in Colorado has released 17-year-old Brittany Rector until January, when she'll have a court appearance and will testify against her boyfriend and two others after a cross-country crime spree.
Rector was released on bond Tuesday in Canon City.
Sausalito artist Marge Rector 's 'Abstract Vlll,' one of the pieces featured in 'Marge Rector : Free Flow Series' at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts.
Sausalito artist Marge Rector 's 'Abstract V,' one of the pieces featured in 'Marge Rector : Free Flow Series' at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts.

In science:

Sener Oktik, rector of the Mugla University for his contributions as well as his support to stay in Ege University, Physics Department where this study has been carried out.
Investigation of the Heat Capacities of Proteins by Statistical Mechanical Methods
Guillermo Romero, Vice Rector, of the Universidad de Las Americas for support for this research.
Generalized Taylor's Theorem
Lindell D, Jaffe J, Coleman M, Futschik M, Axmann I, Rector T, Kettler G, Sullivan M, Steen R, Hess W, et al.: Genome-wide expression dynamics of a marine virus and host reveal features of co-evolution.
pplacer: linear time maximum-likelihood and Bayesian phylogenetic placement of sequences onto a fixed reference tree
MgII absorber (Stocke & Rector 1998) Total number of MgII systems in the 1Jy radio-selected BL Lacs sample stands today around 10.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
FR II-like and FR I-like extended radio morphologies are about equally common in radio-selected BL Lac ob jects (Rector & Stocke 2001).
The X-ray jet and halo of PKS 0521-365
Universiteit Utrecht op gezag van de Rector Magnificus, Prof. dr. W.H.
Limits of Voronoi Diagrams
We would like to thank the Swedish Science Foundation and V¨axj¨o University (through Rector’s ”Strategic Investigations Foundation”) for financial support.
Quantum theory: Reconsideration of foundations
Proefschr ift ter verkr ijg ing van de graad van doctor aan de Universiteit Utrecht op gezag van de Rector Magnificus, Prof .
Radio Pulsars
Rector, T. & Stocke, J.T. 1998, in preparation (RS).
An Excess of Mg II Absorbers in BL Lac Objects
Universiteit van Amsterdam op gezag van de Rector Magnificus prof. dr J.J.M.
Symmetries and interactions in matrix string theory
He was the eldest son of the Venerable John Ribton Gore (1820-1894), Archdeacon of Achonry, County Sligo, also Canon of Killala and Rector of Dromard, and Frances Brabazon Ellard (1816- 1896), from whom he obtained his second name, stylising himself J.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness