Hypertext Webster Gateway: "right"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Right \Right\ (r[imac]t), a. [OE. right, riht, AS. riht; akin to
D. regt, OS. & OHG. reht, G. recht, Dan. ret, Sw. r["a]tt,
Icel. r["e]ttr, 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

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

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.

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

2. Fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right
man in the right place; the right way from London to

5. Characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not
spurious. ``His right wife.'' --Chaucer.

In this battle, . . . the Britons never more plainly
manifested themselves to be right barbarians.

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.

You are right, Justice, and you weigh this well.

If there be no prospect beyond the grave, the
inference is . . . right, ``Let us eat and drink,
for to-morrow we die.'' --Locke.

7. Most favorable or convenient; fortunate.

The lady has been disappointed on the right side.

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.

Became the sovereign's favorite, his right hand.

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.

9. Well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well
regulated; correctly done.

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

{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

Note: Right is used elliptically for it is right, what you
say is right, true.

``Right,'' cries his lordship. --Pope.

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Right \Right\, adv.
1. In a right manner.

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.

Unto Dian's temple goeth she right. --Chaucer.

Let thine eyes look right on. --Prov. iv.

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

3. Exactly; just. [Obs. or Colloq.]

Came he right now to sing a raven's note? --Shak.

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.

5. According to any rule of art; correctly.

You with strict discipline instructed right.

6. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really;
correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right. ``Right at
mine own cost.'' --Chaucer.

Right as it were a steed of Lumbardye. --Chaucer.

His wounds so smarted that he slept right naught.

7. In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely;
highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant. ``He
was not right fat''. --Chaucer.

For which I should be right sorry. --Tyndale.

[I] return those duties back as are right fit.

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

{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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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

Long love to her has borne the faithful knight,
And well deserved, had fortune done him right.

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

There are no rights whatever, without
corresponding duties. --Coleridge.
(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.

Born free, he sought his right. --Dryden.

Hast thou not right to all created things?

Men have no right to what is not reasonable.
(d) Privilege or immunity granted by authority.

3. The right side; the side opposite to the left.

Led her to the Souldan's right. --Spenser.

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

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

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

{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.

He should himself use it by right. --Chaucer.

I should have been a woman by right. --Shak.

{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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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.

So just is God, to right the innocent. --Shak.

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.

{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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth;
"the correct answer"; "the correct version"; "the
right answer"; "took the right road"; "the right
decision" [syn: {correct}] [ant: {incorrect}, {incorrect}]
2: being or located on or directed toward the side of the body
to the east when facing north; "my right hand"; "right
center field"; "a right-hand turn"; on the right when
facing downstream; "the right bank of the river" [ant: {left}]
3: socially right or correct; "it isn't right to leave the
party without saying goodbye"; "correct behavior" [syn: {correct}]
4: in conformance with justice or law or morality; "do the
right thing and confess" [ant: {wrong}]
5: correct in opinion or judgment; "time proved him right"
[syn: {correct}] [ant: {wrong}]
6: appropriate for a condition or occasion; "everything in its
proper place"; "the right man for the job"; "she is not
suitable for the position" [syn: {proper}, {suitable}]
7: of or belonging to the political or intellectual right [ant:
{left}, {center}]
8: on the right-hand side of a vessel or aircraft when facing
forward; "the starboard side" [syn: {starboard}] [ant: {port}]
9: in or into a satisfactory condition; "things are right again
now"; "put things right"
10: intended for the right hand; "a right-hand glove" [syn: {right(a)},
11: in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure;
"what's the right word for this?"; "the right way to open
oysters" [syn: {correct}]
12: (geometry) having the axis perpendicular to the base; "a
right angle"
13: of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face outward;
"the right side of the cloth showed the pattern"; "be
sure your shirt is right side out" [syn: {right(a)}]
14: most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good
time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the
time is ripe for great sociological changes" [syn: {good},
n 1: an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or
governmental body by law or tradition or nature: "they
are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights"; "Certain rights can never be granted to the
government but must be kept in the hands of the people"-
Eleanor Roosevelt; "a right is not something that
somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take
2: (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom
in some intangible thing: "mineral rights"; "film rights"
3: location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the
side to the south when a person or object faces east: "he
stood on the right" [ant: {left}]
4: a turn to the right; "take a right at the corner"
5: the conservative faction of a political party [syn: {right
6: anything in accord with principles of justice; "he feels he
is in the right"; "the rightfulness of his claim" [syn: {rightfulness}]
[ant: {wrong}, {wrong}]
7: the hand that is on the right side of the body; "he writes
with his right hand but pitches with his left"; "hit him
with quick rights to the body" [syn: {right hand}]
8: the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
[syn: {rightfield}]
adv 1: precisely, exactly; "stand right here!"
2: immediately; "she called right after dinner"
3: (informal) exactly; "he fell flop on his face" [syn: {flop}]
4: toward or on the right; "he looked right and left"; also
figuratively; "the party has moved right" [ant: {left}]
5: in the right manner; "please do your job properly!" "can't
you carry me decent?" [syn: {properly}, {decently}, {decent},
{in good order}, {the right way}] [ant: {improperly}]
6: an interjection expressing agreement [syn: {right on}]
7: completely; "she felt right at home"; "he fell right into
the trap"
8: (Southern regional intensive) very; "the baby is mighty
cute"; "he's mighty tired"; "it is powerful humid"; "that
boy is powerful big now"; "they have a right nice place"
[syn: {mighty}, {powerful}]
9: in accordance with moral or social standards; "that serves
him right"; "do right by him" [syn: {justly}]
10: in a correct manner; "he guessed right" [syn: {correctly}, {aright}]
[ant: {incorrectly}, {incorrectly}]
v 1: make reparations or amends for; "right a wrong" [syn: {compensate},
{redress}, {correct}] [ant: {wrong}]
2: put in or restore to an upright position; "They righted the
sailboat that had capsized"
3: regain an upright or proper position; "The capsized boat
righted again"
4: make right or correct; "Correct the mistakes" [syn: {correct}]
[ant: {falsify}]

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