rec·ti·fy /ˈrɛktəˌfaɪ/ 及物動詞
Rec·ti·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rectified p. pr. & vb. n. Rectifying ]
1. To make or set right; to correct from a wrong, erroneous, or false state; to amend; as, to rectify errors, mistakes, or abuses; to rectify the will, the judgment, opinions; to rectify disorders.
I meant to rectify my conscience. --Shak.
This was an error of opinion which a conflicting opinion would have rectified. --Burke.
2. Chem. To refine or purify by repeated distillation or sublimation, by which the fine parts of a substance are separated from the grosser; as, to rectify spirit of wine.
3. Com. To produce ( as factitious gin or brandy) by redistilling low wines or ardent spirits (whisky, rum, etc.), flavoring substances, etc., being added.
To rectify a globe, to adjust it in order to prepare for the solution of a proposed problem.
Syn: -- To amend; emend; correct; better; mend; reform; redress; adjust; regulate; improve. See Amend.
v 1: math: determine the length of; "rectify a curve"
2: reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from
extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine
sugar" [syn: refine]
3: bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of
life, conduct, and adopt a right one; "The Church reformed
me"; "reform your conduct" [syn: reform, reclaim, regenerate]
4: set straight or right; "remedy these deficiencies"; "rectify
the inequities in salaries"; "repair an oversight" [syn: remediate,
remedy, repair, amend]
5: make right or correct; "Correct the mistakes"; "rectify the
calculation" [syn: correct, right] [ant: falsify]
6: convert into direct current; "rectify alternating current"