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RIGHT'LY, adv.

  1. According to justice; according to the divine will or moral rectitude; as, duty rightly performed.
  2. Properly; fitly; suitably; as, a person rightly named.
  3. According to truth or fact; not erroneously. He has rightly conjectured.
  4. Honestly; uprightly. – Shak.
  5. Exactly. Thou didst not rightly see. – Dryden.
  6. Straightly; directly. [Not in use.] – Ascham.


Having a right or honest mind. – Taylor.


The state of having a right mind.


  1. Correctness; conformity to truth or to the divine will, which is the standard of moral rectitude. It is important that a man should have such persuasion of the rightness of his conscience as to exclude rational doubt. – South.
  2. Straightness; as, the rightness of a line. – Bacon.


Straight running. – Phillips.


In geography, the position of the sphere when the equator cuts the horizon at right angles.

RIG'ID, a. [Fr. rigide; It. and Sp. rigido; L. rigidus, from rigeo; Gr. ῥιγοω, to be stiff; ῥιγιος, stiff; whence L. frigeo, frigidus; Eth. ረገዐ raga, Heb. רגע, to be still, to be stiff or rigid. Class Rg, No. 3, 27. The primary sense is probably to strain or extend.]

  1. Stiff; not pliant; not easily bent. It is applied to bodies or substances that are naturally soft or flexible, but not fluid. We never say, a rigid stone or rigid iron, nor do we say, rigid ice; but we say, an animal body or limb, when cold, is rigid. Rigid is then opposed to flexible, but expresses less than inflexible.
  2. Strict in opinion, practice, or discipline; severe in temper; opposed to lax or indulgent; as, a rigid father or master; rigid officer.
  3. Strict; exact; as, a rigid law or rule; rigid discipline; rigid criticism.
  4. Severely just; as, a rigid sentence or judgment.
  5. Exactly according to the sentence or law; as, rigid execution.

RI-GID'I-TY, n. [Fr. rigidité; L. rigiditas.]

  1. Stiffness; want of pliability; the quality of not being easily bent. – Arbuthnot.
  2. A brittle hardness, as opposed to ductility, malleability and softness. – Encyc.
  3. Stiffness of appearance or manner; want of ease or airy elegance. – Wotton.

RIG'ID-LY, adv.

  1. Stiffly; unpliantly.
  2. Severely; strictly; exactly without laxity, indulgence or abatement; as, to judge rigidly; to criticize rigidly; to execute a law rigidly.


  1. Stiffness of a body; the quality of not being easily bent; as, the rigidness of a limb or of flesh.
  2. Severity of temper; strictness in opinion or practice; but expressing less than inflexibility.

RIG'LET, n. [Fr. from L. regula, rego.]

A flat thin piece of wood, used for picture-frames; also used in printing, to regulate the margin, &c.


A repetition of stories; a succession of stories. – Goldsmith.

RIG'OL, n.

A circle; a diadem. – Shak.


A musical instrument consisting of several sticks bound together, but separated by beads. Encyc.

RIG'OR, n. [L. from rigeo, to be stiff; Fr. rigueur.]

  1. Stiffness; rigidness; as, Gorgonian rigor. – Milton.
  2. In medicine, a sense of chilliness, with contraction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or slight tremor, as in the cold fit of a fever. – Coxe. Encyc. Parr.
  3. Stiffness of opinion or temper; severity; sternness. All his rigor is turned to grief and pity. – Denham.
  4. Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence or mortification. – Fell.
  5. Strictness; exactness without allowance, latitude or indulgence; as, the rigor of criticism; to execute a law with rigor; to enforce moral duties with rigor.
  6. Violence; fury. [Not in use.] – Spenser.
  7. Hardness; solidity. [Unusual.] – Dryden.
  8. Severity; asperity; as the rigors of a cold winter.


One very rigorous.

RIG'OR-OUS, a. [Fr. rigoureux.]

  1. Severe; allowing no abatement or mitigation; as, a rigorous officer of justice.
  2. Severe; exact; strict; without abatement or relaxation; as, a rigorous execution of law; an enforcement of rigorous discipline.
  3. Exact; strict; scrupulously accurate; as, a rigorous definition or demonstration.
  4. Severe; very cold; as, a rigorous winter.


  1. Severely; without relaxation, abatement or mitigation; as, a sentence rigorously executed.
  2. Strictly; exactly; with scrupulous nicety; rigidly. The people would examine his works more rigorously than himself. – Dryden.


  1. Severity without relaxation or mitigation; exactness. – Ash.
  2. Severity.

RILL, n. [In G. rille, W. rhill, is a groove, trench, channel, the root of drill. In Sw. strila is to run or glide; Dan. ryller, to ramble.]

A small brook; rivulet; a streamlet. – Milton.

RILL, v.i.

To run in a small stream; or in streamlets. – Prior.


A small stream; a rivulet. – Drayton.

RIM, n. [Sax. rima and reoma, a rim, a ream; W. rhim and rhimp, a rim, edge, termination; hence crimp, a sharp ridge; crimpiaw, to form into a ridge; also to pinch. Rim, like ramp, ramble, is from extending; the extremity. In Russ. kroma is a border.]

  1. The border, edge or margin of a thing; as, the rim of a kettle or basin; usually applied to things circular or curving.
  2. The lower part of the belly or abdomen. – Brown.

RIM, v.t.

To put on a rim or hoop at the border.

RIME, n.1 [Sax. rim, number; W. rhiv. This is the more correct orthography, but rhyme is commonly used – which see.]