1. A governess; a rectrix. Drayton.
2. The wife of a rector. Thackeray.
(Rec*to"ri*al) a. Pertaining to a rector or a rectory; rectoral. Shipley.
1. Government; guidance. [Obs.] "The rectorship of judgment." Shak.
2. The office or rank of a rector; rectorate.
(Rec"to*ry) n.; pl. Rectories [Cf. OF. rectorie or rectorerie, LL. rectoria.]
1. The province of a rector; a parish church, parsonage, or spiritual living, with all its rights, tithes, and
2. A rector's mansion; a parsonage house.
(Rec`to-u"ter*ine) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to both the rectum and the uterus.
(Rec`to*vag"i*nal) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to both the rectum and the vagina.
(Rec`to-ves"i*cal) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to both the rectum and the bladder.
(Rec"tress) n. A rectoress. B. Jonson.
(||Rec"trix) n.; pl. Rectrices [L., fem. of rector.]
1. A governess; a rectoress.
2. (Zoöl.) One of the quill feathers of the tail of a bird.
(Rec"tum) n. [NL. (sc. intestinum), fr. L. rectus straight. See Right.] (Anat.) The terminal
part of the large intestine; so named because supposed by the old anatomists to be straight. See
Illust. under Digestive.
(||Rec"tus) n.; pl. Recti [NL., fr. L. regere to keep straight.] (Anat.) A straight muscle; as, the
recti of the eye.
(Rec`u*ba"tion) n. [L. recubare to lie upon the back.] Recumbence. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(Re*cule") v. i. To recoil. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Re*cule" Re*cule"ment) (- ment), n. [F. reculement.] Recoil. [Obs.]
(Re*cumb") v. i. [L. recumbere; pref. re- back + cumbere akin to cubare to lie down.] To
lean; to recline; to repose. [Obs.] J. Allen
(Re*cum"bence) n. The act of leaning, resting, or reclining; the state of being recumbent.
(Re*cum"ben*cy) n. Recumbence.