• WordNet 3.6
    • v rectify convert into direct current "rectify alternating current"
    • v rectify make right or correct "Correct the mistakes","rectify the calculation"
    • v rectify set straight or right "remedy these deficiencies","rectify the inequities in salaries","repair an oversight"
    • v rectify 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"
    • v rectify reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities "refine sugar"
    • v rectify math: determine the length of "rectify a curve"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rectify 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.""This was an error of opinion which a conflicting opinion would have rectified ."
    • Rectify (Com) To produce ( as factitious gin or brandy) by redistilling low wines or ardent spirits (whisky, rum, etc.), flavoring substances, etc., being added.
    • Rectify (Chem) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rectify To make right or straight; correct when wrong, erroneous, or false; amend: as, to rectify errors, mistakes, or abuses: sometimes applied to persons.
    • rectify Specifically In distilling:
    • rectify To remove impurities from (an alcoholic distillate) and raise to a required proof or strength by repeated distillation. As flavoring materials are often added during rectification in the manufacture of gin, cordials, factitious brandy, etc., the term rectify has been extended to the performance of these processes.
    • rectify Hence— To bring (a. spirit) by repeated distillation to the strength required, and at the same time to impart to it the desired flavor. See rectifier.
    • rectify In chemical manuf. and in pharmacy:
    • rectify To separate impurities from (a crystalline body) by dissolving and recrystallizing it, sometimes repeatedly, and sometimes also with intermediate washing of the crystals.
    • rectify To raise (a liquid) to a prescribed strength by extraction of some part of its liquid components. Distillation under ordinary atmospheric pressure or in a vacuum, and absorption of water by substances having strong affinity for water, as caustic lime, calcium chlorid, etc., when such substances do not affect the chemical constitution of the substances under treatment, are common processes employed in rectification.
    • rectify To remove impurities from (solutions) by filtering them through substances absorbent of dissolved impurities, but non-absorbent of, and chemically inactive upon, the substance to be purified. Of such materials bone-black is a typical example, especially in sugar-refining
    • rectify To purify by one or more resublimations.
    • rectify In mathematics, to determine the length of (a curve, or a part of a curve) included between two limits.
    • rectify In the use of the globes, to place (a globe) in such a position that the solution of a given problem may be effected with it.
    • rectify Synonyms Improve, Better, etc. (see amend), redress, adjust, regulate.
    • rectify In electricity, to change (an alternating electric current) into a direct current by redirecting the successively opposite impulses of the alternating current so as to flow in the same direction. See rectifier .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rectify rek′ti-fī to make straight or right: to adjust: to correct or redress: to purify by repeated crystallisation or sublimation, or by distillations:
    • v.t Rectify rek′ti-fī (math.) to determine the length of a curve included between two limits: to prepare a sun-dial for an observation
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rectifier, LL. rectificare,; L. rectus, right + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Right, and -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. rectus, straight, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

In this inquiry I shall sometimes copy Dr. Wallis, and sometimes endeavour to supply his detects, and rectify his errours.
"A Grammar of the English Tongue" by Samuel Johnson
The priestly garment of Hsuean Chuang symbolizes the good work of the rectified human nature.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
Ecclesiastical Council called to rectify evils in the church, 132.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The suit doesn't fit over well but I am rectifying that by degrees.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
How is this disorder in the machine to be rectified?
"American Eloquence, Volume I. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
The lame point in his self-defense was his failure to support his children, and it took a court order to rectify this in part.
"Broken Homes" by Joanna C. Colcord
But she still stormed high heaven to rectify its mistake.
"New Faces" by Myra Kelly
She did not know how matters could be rectified, but she did know that she and her like suffered unnecessarily.
"The Underworld" by James C. Welsh
He honestly offers to rectify it.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
By their assistance he might have rectified several dates in his work, which, otherwise, deserves the public esteem.
"The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius" by Jean Lévesque de Burigny

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:

Paea thinks he and teammates can rectify errors in pass rush against Vikings.
This year, I intended to rectify this and indeed I did.
We have never been as far removed from the land as we are now, and the technologies of the future won't be rectifying that but rather compounding it.
The Mysticism of 'Social Justice' There is little politicians can do to rectify cosmic injustice.
Don't fret too much, as celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak tells Us Weekly there's still time to rectify your holiday eating habits as the season goes on.
Because judicial decisions have propelled American history, and because a long-standing judicial mistake needs to be rectified, the most compelling of the many reasons for electing.
El Segundo's International Rectifier Corp. Late Wednesday announced a fiscal fourth quarter loss and a restructuring that includes closing its semiconductor wafer fabrication facility in that city.
58% Lower Profile Schottky Rectifier .
Central Semiconductor Corp. Central Semiconductor introduces the CMSH3-40FL, 3.0 amp, 40 volt Schottky rectifier packaged in the low profile SMBFL case.
Peter Green of International Rectifier on Driving Solid-State Lighting.
International Rectifier 's New PowIRstage High-Power ICs.
Model Rectifier Corporation (MRC) has picked up exclusive distribution of Accurate Miniatures models in North America.
International Rectifier GaN Transistors at electronica 2010.
One might guess that Lyerla, who has yet to practice with the team during camp while dealing with issues Chip Kelly said his starting tight end needed to rectify, has returned to the team.
When Janette Jones took a long-term contract position with a consulting firm in 2009, she had the option of receiving her wages on a payroll debit card while waiting for a direct deposit error to be rectified.

In science:

It is a mild inconvenience that Gm,n is not an even graph, and we adjust the ‘boundary’ to rectify this.
Random even graphs
In the circuit of Fig 3, for example, we cannot really store the outcome of the first stage into 3 qubits and feed the top two qubits to C ! Our QuECT approach detailed below aims to rectify these flaws.
QuECT: A New Quantum Programming Paradigm
The reason why the entropy production can be negative is that one can rectify the thermal fluctuations by feedback control.
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
A starting point would be a non-LTE treatment of the O I triplet at 777 nm. There are a number of Cepheids here that do not have distances due to a lack of B and V magnitude data. That should be rectified. As a last point, better distances by way of GAIA will certainly reduce the uncertainties in the gradient.
The Distribution of the Elements in the Galactic Disk III. A Reconsideration of Cepheids from l = 30 to 250 Degrees
Before the final readout, the Golay cell output was amplified, rectified, and RC integrated over 200 ms (9).
Terahertz photometer to observe solar flares in continuum