(Rhe"o*scope) n. [Gr. "rei^n to flow + -scope.] (Physics) An instrument for detecting the
presence or movement of currents, as of electricity.
(Rhe"o*stat) n. [Gr. "rei^n + stato`s standing still.] (Elec.) A contrivance for adjusting or
regulating the strength of electrical currents, operating usually by the intercalation of resistance which
can be varied at will. Wheatstone. Rhe`o*stat"ic a.
(Rhe"o*tome) n. [Gr. "rei^n to flow + te`mnein to cut.] (Elec.) An instrument which periodically
or otherwise interrupts an electric current. Wheatstone.
(Rhe"o*trope) n. [Gr. "rei^n to flow + to turn.] (Elec.) An instrument for reversing the direction
of an electric current. [Written also reotrope.]
(||Rhe"sus) n. [L. Rhesus, a proper name, Gr. .] (Zoöl.) A monkey; the bhunder.
(Rhe"ti*an) a. [L. Rhaetius, Raetius: cf. F. rhétien.] Pertaining to the ancient Rhæti, or Rhætians,
or to Rhætia, their country; as, the Rhetian Alps, now the country of Tyrol and the Grisons.
(Rhe"tic) a. (Min.) Same as Rhætic.
(Rhe"ti*zite) n. (Min.) Same as Rhætizite.
(Rhe"tor) n. [L., fr. Gr. .] A rhetorician. [Obs.] Hammond.
(Rhet"o*ric) n. [F. rhétorique, L. rhetorica, Gr. (sc. ), fr. rhetorical, oratorical, fr. orator, rhetorician; perhaps
akin to E. word; cf. to say.]
1. The art of composition; especially, elegant composition in prose.
2. Oratory; the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force. Locke.
3. Hence, artificial eloquence; fine language or declamation without conviction or earnest feeling.
4. Fig. : The power of persuasion or attraction; that which allures or charms.
Sweet, silent rhetoric of persuading eyes.Daniel.
(Rhe*tor"ic*al) a. [L. rhetoricus, Gr. . See Rhetoric.] Of or pertaining to rhetoric; according
to, or exhibiting, rhetoric; oratorical; as, the rhetorical art; a rhetorical treatise; a rhetorical flourish.
They permit him to leave their poetical taste ungratified, provided that he gratifies their rhetorical sense.M. Arnold.
Rhe*tor"ic*al*ly, adv. Rhe*tor"ic*al*ness, n.
(Rhe*tor"i*cate) v. i. [L. rhetoricari. See Rhetoric.] To play the orator. [Obs.] South.
(Rhe*tor`i*ca"tion) n. [Cf. F. rhétorication.] Rhetorical amplification. [Obs.] Waterland.
(Rhet`o*ri"cian) n. [Cf. F. rhétoricien.]
1. One well versed in the rules and principles of rhetoric.
The understanding is that by which a man becomes a mere logician and a mere rhetorician.F. W.