(Rec"ti*fi*ca`tor) n. (Chem.) That which rectifies or refines; esp., a part of a distilling apparatus
in which the more volatile portions are separated from the less volatile by the process of evaporation
and condensation; a rectifier.
1. One who, or that which, rectifies.
2. Specifically: (a) (Naut.) An instrument used for determining and rectifying the variations of the compass
on board ship. (b) (Chem.) A rectificator.
(Rec"ti*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rectified (-f?d); p. pr. & vb. n. Rectifying ] [F. rectifier, LL.
rectificare; L. rectus right + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Right, and -fy.]
1. 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.Shak.
This was an error of opinion which a conflicting opinion would have rectified.Burke.
2. (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.
3. (Com.) To produce ( as factitious gin or brandy) by redistilling low wines or ardent spirits (whisky,
rum, etc.), flavoring substances, etc., being added.
To rectify a globe, to adjust it in order to prepare for the solution of a proposed problem.
Syn. To amend; emend; correct; better; mend; reform; redress; adjust; regulate; improve. See Amend.
(Rec`ti*lin"e*ar) a. [Recti- + lineal, linear.] Straight; consisting
of a straight line or lines; bounded by straight lines; as, a rectineal angle; a rectilinear figure or course.
Rec`ti*lin"e*al*ly, adv. Rec`ti*lin"e*ar*ly, adv.