• WordNet 3.6
    • n rectifier electrical device that transforms alternating into direct current
    • n rectifier a person who corrects or sets right "a rectifier of prejudices"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rectifier One who, or that which, rectifies.
    • Rectifier Specifically: Naut An instrument used for determining and rectifying the variations of the compass on board ship. Chem A rectificator.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rectifier One who or that which rectifies. One who corrects or amends.
    • n rectifier One who reflnes a substance by repeated distillations or by filtering or any other method; specifically, one who rectifies liquors.
    • n rectifier In the distillation of alcoholic liquors:
    • n rectifier A vessel or receptacle in which a second distillation is carried on, to condense the liquor and increase its alcoholic strength, or to flavor it by exposing the flavoring substance to the vaporized spirit.
    • n rectifier A cylindrical vessel continuous with a primary still, in which repeated distillations occur till the alcohol reaches the desired strength. Also called rectifying column, and simply column
    • n rectifier An instrument formerly used for indicating the errors of the compass.
    • n rectifier In elect, an apparatus for changing an alternating electric current into a direct current directly, that is, without intermediary transformation of energy. The most common forms of rectifier are: The mechanical rectifier, which consists of a synchronous motor (that is, a motor which keeps step with the alternations of the alternating current) driving a rectifying commutator which reverses the direction of successive impulses of current so as to send them in the same direction into the direct-current circuit. The main objection to this form is the destructive sparking of the commutator-brushes when rectifying large amounts of power.
    • n rectifier The electrolytic rectifier which is based on the property of aluminium, in some salt or acid solutions, of passing current only when negative: a property due, probably, to the formation of a non-conducting film of oxid or basic salt on the aluminium by the oxygen produced on the aluminium when it is the positive terminal. Such a rectifier usually consists of an aluminium and a carbon or metal plate in a solution of some suitable salt. A combination of this sort passes only one half-wave of alternating current, from the carbon to the aluminium, but partly suppresses the reverse half-wave; and by using two such rectifiers, one half-wave of current is passed over the one, the other over the other rectifier, and then recombined and sent into the direct-current circuit. The disadvantage of the electrolytic rectifier is its low efficiency.
    • n rectifier Arc-rectifiers, which are based on the property of arcs to be conducting in one direction, but not in the opposite. In the mercury-arc rectifier, one mercury and two graphite terminals are inclosed in the same glass tube, the two graphite terminals being connected to the terminal of the alternating-current supply, while the direct-current circuit connects between the mercury terminal of the rectifier and a neutral or midway point of the alternating-current circuit, derived from a three-wire transformer or compensator, or by reactances. One impulse of the alternating current then passes from one graphite electrode, the other from the other graphite electrode; but both issue, in the same direction, from the mercury electrode into the direct-current circuit. The mercury-arc rectifier has a very high efficiency, but is so far limited in the amount of current which it can rectify. It is used for charging storage batteries and for arc-lighting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rectifier one who corrects: one who refines a substance by repeated distillation
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  • Shirley Maclaine
    Shirley Maclaine
    “I don't need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. rectus, straight, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

It only remains for us now to rectify this wrong.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Then she could have pounced upon him and begged to be allowed to rectify her mistake.
"The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Permit me to rectify it.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
Let us see if we can rectify this incomplete view of the case.
"Essays on Political Economy" by Frederic Bastiat
All will be rectified soon.
"Going To Maynooth Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
It has been too much sublet under us, and we have resolved to rectify this evil.
"The Black Prophet: A Tale Of Irish Famine Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
I know that you cannot, for I have taken the pains to seek legal advice, and I have been assured that you cannot rectify this wrong.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
Austin coloured furiously, rectified his mistake, and bolted.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
However, a trifling formality at a registry-office can rectify this and nobody need be any the wiser.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, January 14, 1920" by Various
But this error was rectified in an instant.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin

In poetry:

She told him of her early vow,
And said as BERNARD'S wife
It might be hers to show him how
To rectify his life.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Where cloudless regions calm the soul,
Bid mortal cares be still,
Can passion's wayward wish controul,
And rectify the will:
"Hymn Written Among The Alps" by Helen Maria Williams
There's a little crude knot
Who visit this spot—
What wonderful statesmen they'd make;
What pity that they
From "the helm" are away
They'd rectify ev'ry mistake.
"Lines, Written At The Blue Ball, Rochdale." by Samuel Bamford

In news:

Rectifier design for fuel ethanol plants reduces energy.
The award recognizes the implementation and success of Exel's global self-billing project in International Rectifier 's key geographies: Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific.
International Rectifier (IR, El Segundo, CA)—has expanded with the introduction of a new member that incorporates bridge, brake, and inverter (BBI) functions into one compact unit.
Justice policy would rectify wrong.
Aden Young Snags Lead in Sundance Channel's ' Rectify ' (Exclusive).
Sundance Channel has found its leading man for Rectify , the legal drama created by Oscar winner Ray McKinnon ( The Accountant ).
ECHA Steps In to Rectify Data Sharing Groups that Are Failing.
Congressional Republicans have a long way to go in rectifying the insults to women offered by gaffe-prone male candidates who talked nonsensically about women, rape and the will of God.
The grooved repeat pattern lends a modern look, while rectified edges allow for minimal grout joints-and thus a nearseamless installation.
Dune 's "Milano" Cement 60- x 60-cm (23.62- x 23.62-inch) rectified porcelain floor tile adds a muted, modern contrast to Dune 's Santorini 25- x 75-cm (9.83- x 29.53-inch) decorative ceramic wall tile.
The NFL doesn't rectify players who blame their failed test on, say, Adderall, when it really was due to, say, steroids.
INDIANAPOLIS — It's an industry where visible injuries are, for the most part, pinpointed and rectified.
The former Southeastern Conference star at Arkansas hopes to rectify that when his Oakand Raiders play the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
The project entails rectifying existing storm water maps and producing new maps of the city's storm water collection system.
A speeding train that crashed into a bus carrying Egyptian children to their kindergarten on Saturday killed 51 and prompted a wave of anger against a government under mounting pressure to rectify the former regime's legacy of neglect.

In science:

The symmetric appearance of the observed profiles shows that the procedure of rectifying the Hβ echelle order has worked well.
Sulphur and zinc abundances in Galactic halo stars revisited
In cluster state quantum computation it is inevitable to properly choose signs of measurement angles and rectify the resultant quantum state according to preceding random measurement outcomes.
Simple procedure for classical signal-procession in cluster-state quantum computation
To rectify this we note that any operator of the form J = aσ0 + bσ · h will commute with H = h0σ0 + σ · h.
PT symmetry as a necessary and sufficient condition for unitary time evolution
To rectify the issue we define the classes tp(f , p) by means of classifying spaces.
Invariants of singular sets of smooth maps
VAC being a common choice. Using efficient DC transformers on each system coupled with high efficiency rack-level AC to DC rectifier/transformers yields significant power savings.
Architecture for Modular Data Centers