5. (Law) The formal statement, or setting forth, of some matter of fact in any deed or writing in order to
explain the reasons on which the transaction is founded; the statement of matter in pleading introductory
to some positive allegation. Burn.
Syn. Account; rehearsal; recitation; narration; description; explanation; enumeration; detail; narrative. See
(Rec`i*ta"tion) n. [L. recitatio: cf. F. récitation. See Recite.]
1. The act of reciting; rehearsal; repetition of words or sentences. Hammond.
2. The delivery before an audience of something committed to memory, especially as an elocutionary
exhibition; also, that which is so delivered.
3. (Colleges and Schools) The rehearsal of a lesson by pupils before their instructor.
(Rec`i*ta*tive") n. [It. recitativo, or F. récitatif. See Recite.] (Mus.) A species of musical
recitation in which the words are delivered in a manner resembling that of ordinary declamation; also, a
piece of music intended for such recitation; opposed to melisma.
(Rec`i*ta*tive"), a. Of or pertaining to recitation; intended for musical recitation or declamation; in
the style or manner of recitative. Rec`i*ta*tive"ly, adv.
(||Rec`i*ta*ti"vo) n. [It.] (Mus.) Recitative.
(Re*cite") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recited; p. pr. & vb. n. Reciting.] [F. réciter, fr. L. recitare, recitatum; pref.
re- re- + citare to call or name, to cite. See Cite.]
1. To repeat, as something already prepared, written down, committed to memory, or the like; to deliver
from a written or printed document, or from recollection; to rehearse; as, to recite the words of an author,
or of a deed or covenant.
2. To tell over; to go over in particulars; to relate; to narrate; as, to recite past events; to recite the particulars
of a voyage.
3. To rehearse, as a lesson to an instructor.
4. (Law) To state in or as a recital. See Recital, 5.
Syn. To rehearse; narrate; relate; recount; describe; recapitulate; detail; number; count.
(Re*cite"), v. i. To repeat, pronounce, or rehearse, as before an audience, something prepared
or committed to memory; to rehearse a lesson learned.
(Re*cite"), n. A recital. [Obs.] Sir W. Temple.
(Re*cit"er) n. One who recites; also, a book of extracts for recitation.
(Reck) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recked (rekt) (obs. imp. Roughte); p. pr. & vb. n. Recking.] [AS.
reccan, recan, to care for; akin to OS. rokian, OHG. ruochan, G. geruhen, Icel. rækja, also to E. reckon,
rake an implement. See Rake, and cf. Reckon.]
1. To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard. [Archaic]
This son of mine not recking danger.Sir P. Sidney.
And may you better reck the redeBurns.
Than ever did the adviser.