from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A right-hand page of a book or the front side of a leaf, on the other side of the verso.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The front side of a flat object which is to be examined visually, as for reading, such as a sheet or a leaf or a coin or a medal.
- n. Therefore, (printing) the right-hand page of a book of a script which reads from left to right, usually having an odd page number.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A writ of right.
- n. The right-hand page; -- opposed to verso.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a writ of right, now abolished.
- n. In printing, the right-hand page of an open book: opposed to the left-hand, reverso or verso.
- n. In composition, rectal; of the rectum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. right-hand page
The recto is the "front" side, that is the side that is on the right side of the book when it is opened.
For those not familiar with the terms "recto" and "verso", some confusion might arise.
Althouse: You know your favourite comment--It was Palladian riffing on Verso saying something about his 'recto' being covered.
While I am happy to see the more Americans seeing the light, I want to know id the remaining 41% need some kind of recto-cranial operation.
After finalizing the thirty frames I placed the flying book into the layout 170 times — once for each page — but only on the recto.
You think that your ex recto pronouncements mean something but data and evidence are irrelevant.
The fact that it is somehow controversial that the world would be better if people made decisions based on facts and statistics rather than just ex recto “feelings” says a lot about the Right.
Indeed, starting every chapter on a right-hand page (recto), thus leaving some of the facing left-hand pages (versos) blank, is one way to pad out a short manuscript.
Capel Lofft to Thomas Hill, 1807* (Extracts) [recto] ...
(Via Legal Insurrection) Even when people like Charles Blow are temporarily reversing their recto-cranial inversions long enough to notice Reality Non-Unicorn: