3. To bring back, or attempt to bring back, to propriety in morals; to reprove or punish for faults or deviations
from moral rectitude; to chastise; to discipline; as, a child should be corrected for lying.
My accuser is my 'prentice; and when I did correct him for his fault the other day, he did vow upon his
knees he would be even with me.
4. To counteract the qualities of one thing by those of another; said of whatever is wrong or injurious; as,
to correct the acidity of the stomach by alkaline preparations.
Syn. To amend; rectify; emend; reform; improve; chastise; punish; discipline; chasten. See Amend.
(Cor*rect"a*ble) a. Capable of being corrected.
(Cor*rect"i*fy) v. t. To correct. [Obs.]
When your worship's plassed to correctify a lady.
Beau. & Fl.
(Cor*rec"tion) n. [L. correctio: cf. F. correction.]
1. The act of correcting, or making that right which was wrong; change for the better; amendment; rectification,
as of an erroneous statement.
The due correction of swearing, rioting, neglect of God's word, and other scandalouss vices.
2. The act of reproving or punishing, or that which is intended to rectify or to cure faults; punishment; discipline; chastisement.
Correction and instruction must both work
Ere this rude beast will profit.
3. That which is substituted in the place of what is wrong; an emendation; as, the corrections on a proof
sheet should be set in the margin.
4. Abatement of noxious qualities; the counteraction of what is inconvenient or hurtful in its effects; as,
the correction of acidity in the stomach.
5. An allowance made for inaccuracy in an instrument; as, chronometer correction; compass correction.
Correction line (Surv.), a parallel used as a new base line in laying out township in the government
lands of the United States. The adoption at certain intervals of a correction line is necessitated by the
convergence of of meridians, and the statute requirement that the townships must be squares. House
of correction, a house where disorderly persons are confined; a bridewell. Under correction, subject
to correction; admitting the possibility of error.
(Cor*rec"tion*al) a. [Cf. F. correctionnel.] Tending to, or intended for, correction; used for
correction; as, a correctional institution.
(Cor*rec"tion*er) n. One who is, or who has been, in the house of correction. [Obs.] Shak.
(Cor*rect"ive) a. [Cf. F. correctif.]
1. Having the power to correct; tending to rectify; as, corrective penalties.
Mulberries are pectoral, corrective of billious alkali.
2. Qualifying; limiting. "The Psalmist interposeth . . . this corrective particle." Holdsworth.