(Ra"tion*al*ize) v. t.

1. To make rational; also, to convert to rationalism.

2. To interpret in the manner of a rationalist.

3. To form a rational conception of.

4. (Alg.) To render rational; to free from radical signs or quantities.

(Ra"tion*al*ize), v. i. To use, and rely on, reason in forming a theory, belief, etc., especially in matters of religion: to accord with the principles of rationalism.

Theodore . . . is justly considered the chief rationalizing doctor of antiquity.
J. H. Newman.

(Ra"tion*al*ly), adv. In a rational manner.

(Ra"tion*al*ness), n. The quality or state of being rational; rationality.

(||Ra*ti"tæ) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. ratis a raft; cf. L. ratitus marked with the figure of a raft.] (Zoöl.) An order of birds in which the wings are small, rudimentary, or absent, and the breastbone is destitute of a keel. The ostrich, emu, moa, and apteryx are examples.

(Rat"i*tate) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Ratitæ.

(Rat"ite) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Ratitæ. - - n. One of the Ratitæ.

(Rat"lines, Rat"lins) n. pl. [Of uncertain origin.] (Naut.) The small transverse ropes attached to the shrouds and forming the steps of a rope ladder. [Written also ratlings, and rattlings.] Totten.

(Rat"on) n. [Cf. Raccoon.] A small rat. [Obs.] Piers Plowman.

(Ra*toon") n.

1. Same as Rattoon, n.

2. A rattan cane. [Obs.] Pepys.

(Ra*toon"), v. i. Same as Rattoon, v. i.

(Rats"bane`) n. [Rat + bane.] Rat poison; white arsenic.

(Rats"baned`) a. Poisoned by ratsbane.

(Rat"-tail`) a. Like a rat's tail in form; as, a rat-tail file, which is round, slender, and tapering. See Illust. of File.

(Rat"-tail`), n.

1. (Far.) pl. An excrescence growing from the pastern to the middle of the shank of a horse.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) The California chimæra. See Chimæra. (b) Any fish of the genus Macrurus. See Grenadier, 2.

(Rat"-tailed`) a. (Zoöl.) Having a long, tapering tail like that of a rat.

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