from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Plural of rectum.


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  • "I have told him a dozen times, -- for after all one ought to tell the truth to an honest clerk, and what I call an honest clerk is one like that little fellow who gives us 'recta' his ten francs on New-Year's day, -- I have said to him again and again: The more you work the more they'll make you work, and they won't promote you.

    Bureaucracy Honor�� de Balzac 1824

  • His treatise Paulina de recta Paschae celebratione, deeply indebted to Roger Bacon's Opus majus of 1267, compelled his friend Copernicus to expand research on the sun and moon, resulting in the development of the heliocentric system.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro 2008

  • The chain also appears in Macrobius's Somnium Scipionis (I.V. #571 – 74), as well as in Paul of Middleburg's Paulina, da recta Paschae celebratione (1513).

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro 2008

  • A Roman bride put away childish things—her toys and the miniature toga she had worn throughout infancy—and dressed in a straight white woolen dress tunica recta that she had woven herself on a special loom.

    Caesars’ Wives Annelise Freisenbruch 2010

  • Then, all the bottoms get nested into one another round with round, square with square, rectangle with recta…. oh you get the picture….

    Ask Unclutterer: Food storage containers | Unclutterer 2010

  • Quodlibet was disputed after the famous propositio magistralis of 1285, i.e. the proposition conceded by the Parisian Masters of Theology on the occasion of Giles of Rome's rehabilitation: “si ratio recta, et voluntas recta”

    Hitler's Angel (A Meta Christmas Carol) 2009

  • Henry thus surprisingly concludes that even the above-mentioned propositio magistralis (“si ratio recta, et voluntas recta”) does not undermine the superiority of the will.

    Hitler's Angel (A Meta Christmas Carol) 2009

  • This thread got me thinking that maybe I should go into the mercado a little more on the qui vive, or, I should say, with a little more of an espalda recta, for a change.

    To bargain or not to bargain? 2007

  • Hmm. And I assume that, taking this to the logical limit, you think it is wrong that the government will not allow you to put cocaine and heroin into your body, that the government should not prevent other people from putting penises (human or otherwise) into the recta of their bodies, that the government should allow women to do what they want with their bodies (including, for example, taking RU-486)?

    Matthew Yglesias » Nader on Bloomberg 2007

  • Ambubalarum collegia, &c. Trimalcionis topanta in Petronius recta in caelum abiit, went right to heaven: a, base quean, [2235] thou wouldst have scorned once in thy misery to have a penny from her; and why? modio nummos metiit, she measured her money by the bushel.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007


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