from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action or process of rectifying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or operation of rectifying
  • n. The determination of a straight line whose length is equal a portion of a curve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or operation of rectifying.
  • n. The process of refining a substance by repeated or fractional distillation: it is in this way freed from other substances which are either more or less volatile than itself, or from non-volatile matters: as, tho rectification of spirits. The concentration of sulphuric acid in platinum or glass vessels is sometimes (improperly) called rectification.
  • n. In geometry, the determination of a straight line whose length is equal to a given portion of a curve; the finding a formula for the length of the arc of a given curve.
  • n. In its specific use in relation to the increase of strength of alcoholic liquors by distillation, rectification signifies repeated fractional evaporation of the mixed liquid, dephlegmation repeated fractional condensation of the mixed vapor. Both words are simultaneously applied in the improved forms of still.
  • n. In astral., the ascertainment of the true time of birth by comparison of the directions deduced from the estimated time with the dates of events in the native's life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the conversion of alternating current to direct current
  • n. the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake; setting right
  • n. (chemistry) the process of refinement or purification of a substance by distillation
  • n. determination of the length of a curve; finding a straight line equal in length to a given curve


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • All this lead us to what we call the rectification process.


  • Geo-rectification is expensive because it's time-consuming, but could it be crowdsourced?

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Diaa Rashwan, an analyst in Cairo who studies Islamic militancy, feared the official condemnations could be followed by widespread popular protests without a rectification from the Vatican. - Muslim anger over papal comments grows

  • The other day Richard Armitage, speaking at a press conference relating to a report he wrote on US-Japan relations, spoke out for the name rectification campaign:

    State Department Rightly Thrashed

  • John Tkacik and Gary Schmitt write a great article on the name rectification and Taiwan's sovereignty in the Weekly Standard hat tip to Gerrit van der Wees of FAPA, as well as the numbing shortsightedness of the State Department:

    Excellent Article by Tkacik in Weekly Standard

  • Mark Harrison points to a great commentary on the name rectification issue I assume he wrote it:

    Name Rectification Commentary in Oz Paper

  • The DPP's "radical" and "provocative" name rectification campaign is already bearing fruit on that front -- not only is the KMT holding a parade on March 31 to oppose the name rectification, but they want all three bigwigs -- Ma, Lien, and Wang -- to appear thanks, a-gu.

    Future DPP Madmen Debate, Hack on Ma

  • Poagao argues that the name rectification campaign is dynastic thinking, and that the DPP hasn't replaced the names with anything significant.

    Daily Links, Chinese New Year, Going Back to the Inlaws' Day

  • Portnoy Rounds up comments from Taiwanese bloggers on the name rectification affair.

    Daily Links, March 9, 2007

  • On Feb. 9, the State Department criticized the name rectification stating "we do not support administrative steps by the Taiwan authorities that would appear to change Taiwan's status unilaterally or move toward independence."

    CRS Specialist on US-Taiwan Relations


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