• WordNet 3.6
    • n rite any customary observance or practice
    • n rite an established ceremony prescribed by a religion "the rite of baptism"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rite The act of performing divine or solemn service, as established by law, precept, or custom; a formal act of religion or other solemn duty; a solemn observance; a ceremony; as, the rites of freemasonry. "He looked with indifference on rites , names, and forms of ecclesiastical polity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rite A formal act or series of acts of religious or other solemn service, performed according to a manner regularly established by law, precept, or custom.
    • n rite The manner or form prescribed for such an act; a ceremonial.
    • n rite Hence Any ceremony or due observance.
    • n rite Synonyms Form, Observance, etc. See ceremony.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rite rīt a religious usage or ceremony
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    “Dancing with abandon, turning a tango into a fertility rite.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ritus,; cf. Skr. rīti, a stream, a running, way, manner, ri, to flow: cf. F. rit, rite,. CF. Rivulet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ritus.


In literature:

It is through its dogma still more than through its rites that a religion is spread from one climate to another.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
Often, too, when the purpose was changed, new ceremonies were added, so that a rite may look very unlike what it was at first.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
Why was this Rite called Scottish?
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
Here were preserved the same rites and memorials, as are mentioned above; wherein was no allusion to Venus, but to Nimrod and Bacchus.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
The procession arrived at the cemetery of Otagi, and the solemn rites commenced.
"Japanese Literature" by Various
Secondly, religious rites are living commentaries on religious beliefs.
"The Myths of the New World" by Daniel G. Brinton
His rites were first introduced by people from Egypt and Canaan.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
The laying of the yule-log followed; a ceremony so grave that it has all the dignity of, and really is, a religious rite.
"The Christmas Kalends of Provence" by Thomas A. Janvier
He instituted many other sacred rites, and dedicated places for performing them, which the priests call Argei.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
The mystic rites were at an end.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine

In poetry:

How decent and how wise!
How glorious to behold!
Beyond the pomp that charms the eyes,
And rites adorned with gold.
"Psalm 48 part 2" by Isaac Watts
His father oft with little John
Beguil'd the hours away,
To watch his little fav'rite son,
Enjoy his childish play;
"On The Death of a Child" by James McCauley
There's a smile on the vine-clad shore,
A smile on the castled heights;
They dream back the days of yore,
And they smile at our roundel rites! Our roundel rites!
"The Song of the Fairies in the Ruins of Heidelberg" by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
E'en such an awful soothing calm
We sometimes see alight
On Christian mourners, while they wait
In silence, by some churchyard gate,
Their summons to this holy rite.
"Burial" by John Keble
OH! Lindorf! oh, Lindorf! for ever adieu!
Thy heart beats no longer tumultuous for me,
Fair Laura has robb'd me of Heaven in you,
And Laura alone must thy fav'rite be.
"To Lindorf" by Charlotte Dacre
And now the hour is come, the priest is there;
Torches are lit and bells are tolled; they go,
With solemn rites of blessing and of prayer,
To lay the little corpse in earth below.
"The Child's Funeral" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

Remembering Woodstock–a rite of passage .
Elgar's rite of passage .
Journey From a Chinese Orphanage to a Jewish Rite of Passage .
A Rite of Passage for a 4-Year-Old Girl.
Reading, `Riting, And Robert's Rules Of Order.
Roots in Celtic festivals, jack-o'-lanterns are relics of harvest rites, helped calm fear of roving spirits.
Reading, `Riting, And Robert's Rules Of Order .
If getting a credit card is a rite of passage for college students, choosing the right plastic and learning how to use it responsibly is a matter of life and debt.
Kennedy, Bessettes Given Shipboard Rites.
Black toenails are a rite of passage for runners.
BOSTON Low-profile Cercone Brown & Co. Has won the $2-3 million ad account of Stride Rite's Sperry Top- Sider brand.
Helping customers has kept Gerry Borer, 73, excited about going to work, whether at San-Mar Pharmacy or Rite Aid.
The Rite of Spring, Apollo, and Le Spectre de la Rose come to life for Ballets Russes.
Stravinsky 's The Rite of Spring.
Eight stores have sustained substantial damage, and the number could increase as Rite Aid gains access to more locations.

In science:

The configuration at time t + 1 is obtained by moving with probability p ∈ (0, 1) the particles whose right rite is empty.
Dimers and orthogonal polynomials: connections with random matrices
Some people attribute the rise of music to the imitation of nature, others connect it with the play impulse, with magic and religious rites, or with the need for emotional expression.
Music in Terms of Science
The interpretation proposed for the scene of the wall-painting is that it depicts an initiation rite, during which at least one of the actors will achieve manhood.
Optimization in Differentiable Manifolds in Order to Determine the Method of Construction of Prehistoric Wall-Paintings
Goffman, Erving (1974) Les Rites d’Interaction (Paris: Minuit).
On the shoulders of students? The contribution of PhD students to the advancement of knowledge
Let us fix left hand and rite hand sides of (3.3).
Groebner-Shirshov basis for the braid semigroup