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Right \Right\ (r[imac]t), a. [OE. right, riht, AS. riht; akin to D. regt, OS. & OHG. reht, G. recht, Dan. ret, Sw. r[aum]tt, Icel. rettr, Goth. ra['i]hts, L. rectus, p. p. of regere to guide, rule; cf. Skr. [.r]ju straight, right. [root]115. Cf. {Adroit},{Alert}, {Correct}, {Dress}, {Regular}, {Rector}, {Recto}, {Rectum}, {Regent}, {Region}, {Realm}, {Rich}, {Royal}, {Rule}.]
     1. Straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line. "Right as any line." --Chaucer [1913 Webster]

     2. Upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not oblique; as, right ascension; a right pyramid or cone. [1913 Webster]

     3. Conformed to the constitution of man and the will of God, or to justice and equity; not deviating from the true and just; according with truth and duty; just; true. [1913 Webster]

              That which is conformable to the Supreme Rule is absolutely right, and is called right simply without relation to a special end.            --Whately. [1913 Webster]

     2. Fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right man in the right place; the right way from London to Oxford. [1913 Webster]

     5. Characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious. "His right wife." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              In this battle, . . . the Britons never more plainly manifested themselves to be right barbarians.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     6. According with truth; passing a true judgment; conforming to fact or intent; not mistaken or wrong; not erroneous; correct; as, this is the right faith. [1913 Webster]

              You are right, Justice, and you weigh this well.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              If there be no prospect beyond the grave, the inference is . . . right, "Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die."                    --Locke. [1913 Webster]

     7. Most favorable or convenient; fortunate.
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              The lady has been disappointed on the right side.
                                                    --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

     8. Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action is usually stronger than on the other side; -- opposed to left when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the right side, hand, arm. Also applied to the corresponding side of the lower animals. [1913 Webster]

              Became the sovereign's favorite, his right hand.
                                                    --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

     Note: In designating the banks of a river, right and left are used always with reference to the position of one who is facing in the direction of the current's flow. [1913 Webster]

     9. Well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well regulated; correctly done. [1913 Webster]

     10. Designed to be placed or worn outward; as, the right side of a piece of cloth. [1913 Webster]

     {At right angles}, so as to form a right angle or right angles, as when one line crosses another perpendicularly.


     {Right and left}, in both or all directions. [Colloq.]

     {Right and left coupling} (Pipe fitting), a coupling the opposite ends of which are tapped for a right-handed screw and a left-handed screw, respectivelly.

     {Right angle}.
         (a) The angle formed by one line meeting another perpendicularly, as the angles ABD, DBC. (b) (Spherics) A spherical angle included between the axes of two great circles whose planes are perpendicular to each other.

     {Right ascension}. See under {Ascension}.

     {Right Center} (Politics), those members belonging to the Center in a legislative assembly who have sympathies with the Right on political questions. See {Center}, n., 5.

     {Right cone}, {Right cylinder}, {Right prism}, {Right pyramid} (Geom.), a cone, cylinder, prism, or pyramid, the axis of which is perpendicular to the base.

     {Right line}. See under {Line}.

     {Right sailing} (Naut.), sailing on one of the four cardinal points, so as to alter a ship's latitude or its longitude, but not both. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

     {Right sphere} (Astron. & Geol.), a sphere in such a position that the equator cuts the horizon at right angles; in spherical projections, that position of the sphere in which the primitive plane coincides with the plane of the equator. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Right is used elliptically for it is right, what you say is right, true. [1913 Webster]

                 "Right," cries his lordship.       --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Straight; direct; perpendicular; upright; lawful; rightful; true; correct; just; equitable; proper; suitable; becoming. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Right \Right\, n. [AS. right. See {Right}, a.]
     1. That which is right or correct. Specifically: (a) The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt,
            -- the opposite of moral wrong.
        (b) A true statement; freedom from error of falsehood; adherence to truth or fact. [1913 Webster]

                  Seldom your opinions err;
                  Your eyes are always in the right. --Prior. [1913 Webster] (c) A just judgment or action; that which is true or proper; justice; uprightness; integrity. [1913 Webster]

                  Long love to her has borne the faithful knight, And well deserved, had fortune done him right.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. That to which one has a just claim. Specifically: (a) That which one has a natural claim to exact. [1913 Webster]

                  There are no rights whatever, without corresponding duties.             --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] (b) That which one has a legal or social claim to do or to exact; legal power; authority; as, a sheriff has a right to arrest a criminal. (c) That which justly belongs to one; that which one has a claim to possess or own; the interest or share which anyone has in a piece of property; title; claim; interest; ownership. [1913 Webster]

                  Born free, he sought his right.   --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

                  Hast thou not right to all created things?
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

                  Men have no right to what is not reasonable.
                                                    --Burke. [1913 Webster] (d) Privilege or immunity granted by authority. [1913 Webster]

     3. The right side; the side opposite to the left. [1913 Webster]

              Led her to the Souldan's right.       --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     4. In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists. See {Center}, 5. [1913 Webster]

     5. The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of cloth, a carpet, etc. [1913 Webster]

     {At all right}, at all points; in all respects. [Obs.]
        --Chaucer.

     {Bill of rights}, a list of rights; a paper containing a declaration of rights, or the declaration itself. See under {Bill}.

     {By right}, {By rights}, or {By good rights}, rightly; properly; correctly. [1913 Webster]

              He should himself use it by right.    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              I should have been a woman by right.  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {Divine right}, or

     {Divine right of kings}, a name given to the patriarchal theory of government, especially to the doctrine that no misconduct and no dispossession can forfeit the right of a monarch or his heirs to the throne, and to the obedience of the people.

     {To rights}.
        (a) In a direct line; straight. [R.] --Woodward. (b) At once; directly. [Obs. or Colloq.] --Swift.

     {To set to rights}, {To put to rights}, to put in good order; to adjust; to regulate, as what is out of order.

     {Writ of right} (Law), a writ which lay to recover lands in fee simple, unjustly withheld from the true owner.
        --Blackstone.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Right \Right\, adv.
     1. In a right manner.
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     2. In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide. [1913 Webster]

              Unto Dian's temple goeth she right.   --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Let thine eyes look right on.         --Prov. iv.
                                                    25. [1913 Webster]

              Right across its track there lay,
              Down in the water, a long reef of gold. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     3. Exactly; just. [Obs. or Colloq.]
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              Came he right now to sing a raven's note? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. According to the law or will of God; conforming to the standard of truth and justice; righteously; as, to live right; to judge right. [1913 Webster]

     5. According to any rule of art; correctly.
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              You with strict discipline instructed right.
                                                    --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

     6. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really; correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right. "Right at mine own cost." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Right as it were a steed of Lumbardye. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              His wounds so smarted that he slept right naught.
                                                    --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

     7. In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely; highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant. "He was not right fat". --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              For which I should be right sorry.    --Tyndale. [1913 Webster]

              [I] return those duties back as are right fit.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     Note: In this sense now chiefly prefixed to titles; as, right honorable; right reverend. [1913 Webster]

     {Right honorable}, a title given in England to peers and peeresses, to the eldest sons and all daughters of such peers as have rank above viscounts, and to all privy councilors; also, to certain civic officers, as the lord mayor of London, of York, and of Dublin. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Right is used in composition with other adverbs, as upright, downright, forthright, etc. [1913 Webster]

     {Right along}, without cessation; continuously; as, to work right along for several hours. [Colloq. U.S.]

     {Right away}, or {Right off}, at once; straightway; without delay. [Colloq. U.S.] "We will . . . shut ourselves up in the office and do the work right off." --D. Webster. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Right \Right\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Righted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Righting}.] [AS. rihtan. See {Right}, a.]
     1. To bring or restore to the proper or natural position; to set upright; to make right or straight (that which has been wrong or crooked); to correct. [1913 Webster]

     2. To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of; as, to right the oppressed; to right one's self; also, to vindicate. [1913 Webster]

              So just is God, to right the innocent. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              All experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.                  --Jefferson. [1913 Webster]

     {To right a vessel} (Naut.), to restore her to an upright position after careening.

     {To right the helm} (Naut.), to place it in line with the keel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Right \Right\, v. i.
     1. To recover the proper or natural condition or position; to become upright. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Naut.) Hence, to regain an upright position, as a ship or boat, after careening. [1913 Webster]

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