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/rig/, v., rigged, rigging, n. v.t. 1. Chiefly Naut. a. to put in proper order for working or use. b. to fit (a ship, mast, etc.) with the necessary shrouds, stays, etc. c. to ...
—Rigvedic /rig vay"dik, -vee"-/, adj. /rig vay"deuh, -vee"deuh/, n. Hinduism. one of the Vedas, a collection of 1028 hymns, dating from not later than the second millennium ...
/ree"geuh/, n. 1. a seaport in and the capital of Latvia, on the Gulf of Riga. 915,000. 2. Gulf of, an arm of the Baltic between Latvia and Estonia. 90 mi. (145 km) long. * * ...
Riga, Gulf of
Large gulf of the Baltic Sea. Bounded by Latvia and Estonia, it covers about 7,000 sq mi (18,000 sq km). The gulf, icebound from December to April, has a maximum depth of 177 ft ...
Riga, Treaty of
(1921) Treaty between Poland and Russia signed in Riga, Latvia, that ended the Russo-Polish War of 1919–20 and set their mutual border. The treaty, which gave Poland parts of ...
/rig'euh doohn"/, n. 1. a lively dance, formerly popular, for one couple, characterized by a jumping step and usually in quick duple meter. 2. a piece of music for this dance or ...
/rig"euh meuh rohl'/, n. rigmarole. * * *
/rig'euh toh"nee/, n. a tubular pasta in short, ribbed pieces. [1925-30; < It (n. pl.), equiv. to rigat(o) furrowed, lined, striped (ptp. of rigare, deriv. of riga a line < ...
Rigaud, Hyacinthe
▪ French painter original name  Hyacinthe François Honoré Mathias Pierre André Jean Rigau y Ros  baptized July 18, 1659, Perpignan, Fr. died Dec. 29, 1743, ...
Fr. /rddee goh dawonn"/, n., pl. rigaudons Fr. /-dawonn"/. rigadoon. * * * ▪ dance and musical form also spelled  Rigadoon,         sprightly 17th-century French ...
Rigault de Genouilly, Charles
▪ French admiral born April 12, 1807, Rochefort, Fr. died May 4, 1873, Barcelona       admiral who initiated the French invasion of Vietnam in 1858 and the subsequent ...
Rigdon, Sidney
▪ American religious leader born Feb. 19, 1793, Piny Fork, Pa., U.S. died July 14, 1876, Friendship, N.Y.       American churchman, an early convert to Mormonism ...
/ruy"jeuhl, -geuhl/, n. Astron. a first-magnitude star in the constellation Orion. [1585-95; < Ar rijl foot, so called from its position in the left foot of the figure of ...
Rigel Kentaurus
/ken tawr"euhs/, Astron. See Alpha Centauri. * * *
▪ desert, Afghanistan also spelled  Registan        (Persian: “country of sand”), arid plateau region in southwestern Afghanistan. Rīgestān is, for the greater ...
(1938– ) an English actor who first became well known playing the part of Emma Peel in the television series The Avengers (1965–8). She also worked with the Royal Shakespeare ...
Rigg, Dame Diana
▪ British actress born July 20, 1938, Doncaster, Yorkshire, Eng.       classically trained English stage actress who gained worldwide fame during the 1960s in the ...
/rig"euhr/, n. 1. a person who rigs. 2. a person whose occupation is the fitting of the rigging of ships. 3. a person who works with hoisting tackle, cranes, scaffolding, etc. 4. ...
Riggin, Aileen
▪ 2003 Aileen Riggin Soule        American swimmer and diver (b. May 2, 1906, Newport, R.I.—d. Oct. 17, 2002, Honolulu, Hawaii), was the youngest American to win an ...
/rig"ing/, n. 1. the ropes, chains, etc., employed to support and work the masts, yards, sails, etc., on a ship. 2. lifting or hauling tackle. 3. Informal. clothing. [1480-90; ...
Riggs' disease
/rigz/, Dentistry. pyorrhea (def. 2). [1875-80; named after John M. Riggs (1810-85), American dentist] * * *
Riggs' disease (rĭgz) n. Inflammation of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth.   [After John MankeyRiggs (1810-1885), American dentist.] * * *
Riggs, Robert Larimore
▪ 1996       ("BOBBY"), U.S. tennis player (b. Feb. 25, 1918, Los Angeles, Calif.—d. Oct. 25, 1995, Leucadia, Calif.), was one of the top-ranked U.S. players in the ...
—rightable, adj. /ruyt/, adj., righter, rightest, n., adv., v. adj. 1. in accordance with what is good, proper, or just: right conduct. 2. in conformity with fact, reason, ...
right about face
1. Mil. a. a command, given to a soldier or soldiers at attention, to turn the body about toward the right so as to face in the opposite direction. b. the act of so turning in a ...
right angle
—right-angled, adj. the angle formed by two radii of a circle that are drawn to the extremities of an arc equal to one quarter of the circle; the angle formed by two ...
right ascension
Astron. the arc of the celestial equator measured eastward from the vernal equinox to the foot of the great circle passing through the celestial poles and a given point on the ...
Right Bank
a part of Paris, France, on the N bank of the Seine. Cf. Left Bank. * * *
right brain
the cerebral hemisphere on the right side of the corpus callosum, controlling activity on the left side of the body, showing in humans some degree of specialization for spatial ...
right circular cone
Geom. a cone whose surface is generated by lines joining a fixed point to the points of a circle, the fixed point lying on a perpendicular through the center of the circle. Cf. ...
right circular cylinder
Geom. a cylinder generated by the revolution of a rectangle about one of its sides. Cf. oblique circular cylinder. [1940-45] * * *
right face
Mil. 1. a command, given to a soldier or soldiers at attention, to turn the body 90° toward the right. 2. the act of so turning in a prescribed military manner. * * *
right field
Baseball. 1. the area of the outfield to the right of center field, as viewed from home plate. 2. the position of the player covering this area. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
right fielder
Baseball. the player whose position is right field. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
right hand
1. the hand that is on the right side, or the side opposite that where the heart is. 2. the right side, as of a person, esp. this side considered as the side of precedence or ...
right heart
right heart n. the half of the heart, containing the right ventricle and right atrium, which supplies dark-red, oxygen-deficient venous blood to the lungs for oxygenation * * *
Right Honourable
(written abbr Rt Hon) (in Britain) the formal title of Cabinet ministers, Privy Councillors, certain members of the peerage, and others: the Right Honourable Jack Straw MP the ...
right of asylum
1. the right of alien fugitives to protection or nonextradition in a country or its embassy. 2. the right of a nation to extend such protection. * * *
Right of Free Elections
▪ Primary Source              The year 1796 saw the first contested presidential election in our country's history, for Washington had had little opposition in ...
right of search
Internat. Law. the privilege of a nation at war to search neutral ships on the high seas for contraband or other matter, carried in violation of neutrality, that may subject the ...
right of way
pl. rights of way, right of ways. 1. a common law or statutory right granted to a vehicle, as an airplane or boat, to proceed ahead of another. 2. a path or route that may ...
Right Reverend
an official form of address for abbots, abbesses, Anglican bishops, and other prelates. * * *
right section
a representation of an object as it would appear if cut by a plane perpendicular to its longest axis. Cf. cross section. * * *
right stage.
See stage right. * * *
right stuff
Informal. the necessary or ideal qualities or capabilities, as courage, confidence, dependability, toughness, or daring (usually prec. by the). [1925-30] * * *
right to buy
(in Britain) the legal right of people renting council houses to buy them cheaply, introduced by the Conservative government in the 1980 Housing Act. Many people bought their ...
right to life
➡ abortion * * *
right triangle
a triangle having a right angle (contrasted with oblique triangle). [1920-25] * * *
right whale
any of several large whalebone whales of the genus Balaena, of circumpolar seas: the species B. glacialis is greatly reduced in numbers. [1715-25; allegedly so called because it ...
right wing
—right-wing, adj. —right-winger, n. 1. members of a conservative or reactionary political party, or those opposing extensive political reform. 2. such a political party or a ...
right, petition of
▪ English law       legal petition asserting a right against the English crown, the most notable example being the Petition of Right of 1628, which Parliament sent to ...
right-angled [rīt′aŋ′gəld] adj. having or forming one or more right angles; rectangular: also right-angle * * * right-an·gled (rītʹăngʹgəld) adj. Forming or ...
right-brained (rītʹbrāndʹ) also right-brain (-brānʹ) adj. 1. Having the right brain dominant. 2. Of or relating to the thought processes involved in creativity and ...
/ruyt"bran'ching, -brahn'-/, adj. Ling. (of a grammatical construction) characterized by greater structural complexity in the position following the head, as the phrase the house ...
right-eyed flounder
/ruyt"uyd'/ any of several flatfishes of the family Pleuronectidae, having both eyes on the right side of the head. Also, righteye flounder. * * *
/ruyt"hand"/, adj. 1. on the right. 2. of, for, or with the right hand. 3. most reliable, valuable, or useful, as a helper or assistant. 4. plain-laid. 5. Also, right-handed. ...
right-hand buoy
Navig. a distinctive buoy marking the side of a channel regarded as the right, or starboard, side. * * *
right-hand man
an indispensable or invaluable assistant; right hand. [1655-65] * * *
—right-handedness, n. /ruyt"han"did/, adj. 1. having the right hand or arm more serviceable than the left; using the right hand by preference: a right-handed painter. 2. ...
See right-handed. * * *
See right-handedly. * * *
/ruyt"han"deuhr, -han'-/, n. 1. a person who is right-handed, esp. a baseball pitcher who throws with the right hand. 2. Informal. a. a slap or punch delivered with the right ...
/ruyt"layd'/, adj. noting a rope, strand, etc., laid in a right-handed, or clockwise, direction as one looks away along it (opposed to left-laid). * * *
—right-mindedly, adv. —right-mindedness, n. /ruyt"muyn"did/, adj. having correct, honest, or good opinions or principles. [1575-85; RIGHT + MINDED] * * *
See right-minded. * * *
/ruyt"euhv sen"teuhr/, adj. holding conservative views in politics; right-wing. [1955-60] * * *
/ruyt"on", -awn"/, adj. Slang. 1. exactly right or to the point. 2. up-to-date; relevant: a right-on movie that shows conditions as they really are. [1965-70, Amer.] * * *
right-out (rītʹoutʹ) adj. Chiefly Southern U.S. Outright. See Regional Note at everwhere. * * *
right-side up (rīt'sīd') adv. & adj. 1. a. With the top facing upward: Keep this box right-side up. b. In or into the correct orientation: Turn the slides right-side up in the ...
/ruyt"thing"king/, adj. having acceptably proper or correct convictions, beliefs, etc. [1820-30] * * *
/ruyt"teuh duy"/, adj. asserting or advocating the right to refuse extraordinary medical measures to prolong one's life when one is terminally ill or irreversibly comatose: ...
/ruyt"teuh noh"/, adj. of or pertaining to laws or policies that make certain government or company data and records available to any individual who has a right or need to know ...
—right-to-lifer, n. /ruyt"teuh luyf"/, adj. pertaining to or advocating laws making abortion, esp. abortion-on-demand, illegal; antiabortion: right-to-life ...
See right-to-life. * * *
/ruyt"teuh werrk"/, adj. of or pertaining to the right of workers to gain or keep employment whether or not they belong to a labor union. [1945-50] * * *
right-to-work law
a state law making it illegal to refuse employment to a person for the sole reason that he or she is not a union member. [1955-60, Amer.] * * * In the U.S., any state law ...
right-to-work law (rīt'tə-wûrkʹ) n. A state law that prohibits required union membership of workers. * * *
See right wing. * * *
See right-wing. * * *
/ruyt"euh bowt'/, n. 1. the position assumed by turning about to the right so as to face in the opposite direction. 2. the act of turning so as to face the opposite ...
rightabout-face [rīt′ə bout΄fās′] n. 1. a turning directly about so as to face in the opposite direction 2. a complete reversal of belief, conduct, etc. interj. used as a ...
right angle Clarinda/Academy Artworks n. An angle formed by the perpendicular intersection of two straight lines; an angle of 90°. * * *
right ascension n. Abbr. RA The angular distance of a celestial body or point on the celestial sphere, measured eastward from the vernal equinox along the celestial equator to ...
right away adv. Without delay; at once. * * *
Right Bank A district of Paris on the northern, or right, bank of the Seine River. The Arc de Triomphe, the Elysée Palace, the Louvre, fashionable shopping boulevards, and ...
right brain n. The cerebral hemisphere to the right of the corpus callosum, controlling activities on the left side of the body and, in humans, usually controlling perception of ...
rightcircular cone
right circular cone n. The surface generated by a generator passing through a vertex that lies on the perpendicular axis of a circular directrix. * * *
—righteously, adv. /ruy"cheuhs/, adj. 1. characterized by uprightness or morality: a righteous observance of the law. 2. morally right or justifiable: righteous indignation. 3. ...
See righteous. * * *
/ruy"cheuhs nis/, n. 1. the quality or state of being righteous. 2. righteous conduct. 3. the quality or state of being just or rightful: They came to realize the righteousness ...
/ruy"teuhr/, n. 1. a person who rights or redresses: a righter of wrongs. 2. a person who advocates or endorses rights, esp. equal rights, for a particular group: welfare ...
right face n. A military command to turn 90 degrees to the right. * * *
right field n. Baseball 1. The third of the outfield that is to the right, looking from home plate. 2. The position played by the right fielder. * * *
right fielder n. Baseball The player who defends right field. * * *
—rightfully, adv. —rightfulness, n. /ruyt"feuhl/, adj. 1. having a valid or just claim, as to some property or position; legitimate: the rightful owner of the farm. 2. ...
See rightful. * * *
See rightfully. * * *
right·ish (rīʹtĭsh) adj. Tending toward the political right. * * *
/ruy"tiz euhm/, n. (sometimes cap.) 1. conservatism, esp. in politics. 2. reactionary principles, attitudes, or behavior. [1935-40; RIGHT + -ISM] * * *
/ruy"tist/, adj. (sometimes cap.) 1. of or pertaining to conservative or reactionary political views; noting or characteristic of the political Right. n. 2. a member or supporter ...
/ruyt"lee/, adv. 1. in accordance with truth or fact; correctly: to see rightly; to understand rightly. 2. in accordance with morality or equity; uprightly. 3. properly, fitly, ...
right·most (rītʹmōst') adj. Farthest to the right: in the rightmost lane of the highway. * * *
/ruyt"nis/, n. 1. correctness or accuracy. 2. propriety or fitness. 3. moral integrity. 4. Obs. straightness or directness. [bef. 950; ME; OE rihtnes. See RIGHT, -NESS] * * *
/ruyt"oh', ruyt"oh"; ruy"toh', -toh"/, interj. Chiefly Brit. (used to express understanding or assent). [1895-1900; RIGHT + -O] * * *
rightof asylum
right of asylum n. pl. rights of asylum The right of receiving protection within a foreign embassy or other place recognized by custom, law, or treaty. * * *
rightof search
right of search n. pl. rights of search The right of a warring nation to stop a neutral vessel on the high seas and search it for contraband. * * *
rightof way
right of way also right-of-way (rītʹəv-wāʹ) n. pl. rights of way or right of ways also rights-of-way (rītsʹ-) or right-of-ways (-wāzʹ) 1. a. The right to pass over ...
/ruyts/, Informal. n. 1. (used with a pl. v.) See civil rights. adj. 2. civil-rights: a rights worker. [1895-1900] * * *
Rights of Man
a book (1791–2) by Thomas Paine. It explained his ideas for a fair society, and supported free education, pensions for old people, greater rights for women, a fairer tax ...
rights of way
➡ long-distance paths and national trails * * *
Rights, Bill of
▪ British history formally  An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject and Settling the Succession of the Crown (1689)        one of the basic ...
/ruyt"suyz'/, v.t., rightsized, rightsizing. to adjust to an appropriate size: Layoffs will be necessary to rightsize our workforce. [1985-90] * * *
right stuff n. Informal Essential abilities or qualities, such as self-confidence, dependability, and knowledge, necessary for success in a given field or situation. * * *
—rightwardly, adv. /ruyt"weuhrd/, adv. 1. Also, rightwards. toward or on the right. adj. 2. situated on the right. 3. directed toward the right. [1805-15; RIGHT + -WARD] * * *
right whale n. Any of several whales of the family Balaenidae, characterized by a large head, whalebone plates in the mouth, and absence of a dorsal fin.   [Because it was the ...
right wing n. 1. The conservative or reactionary faction of a group. 2. See right.   rightʹ-wingʹ (rītʹwĭngʹ) adj. rightʹ-wingʹer n. * * *
/ruy"tee/, n., pl. righties, adv., adj. Informal. n. 1. a right-handed person; right-hander: She's a righty. adv. 2. with the right hand; right-handed: to sketch righty. adj. 3. ...
/ree"gee/, n. a mountain in central Switzerland, near the Lake of Lucerne. 5906 ft. (1800 m). * * *
—rigidity, rigidness, n. —rigidly, adv. /rij"id/, adj. 1. stiff or unyielding; not pliant or flexible; hard: a rigid strip of metal. 2. firmly fixed or set. 3. inflexible, ...
rigid frame
—rigid-frame, adj. (in iron, steel, and reinforced-concrete construction) a bent having absolutely rigid connections at the knees. * * *
rigid motion
Math. any transformation, as a translation or rotation, of a set such that the distance between points is preserved. * * *
See rigidify. * * *
/ri jid"euh fuy'/, v.t., v.i., rigidified, rigidifying. to make or become rigid. [1835-45; RIGID + -IFY] * * *
ri·gid·i·ty (rĭ-jĭdʹĭ-tē) n. pl. ri·gid·i·ties 1. The quality or state of being rigid. 2. An instance of being rigid. * * *
/rij"i duyz'/, v.t., rigidized, rigidizing. to make rigid, as through special processing or the addition of chemicals, plastics, etc.: rigidized aluminum. Also, esp. Brit., ...
See rigid. * * *
See rigidly. * * *
Rigil Kentaurus
/ruy"jeuhl ken tawr"euhs, -geuhl/. Astron. See Alpha Centauri. * * *
/rig"meuh rohl'/, n. 1. an elaborate or complicated procedure: to go through the rigmarole of a formal dinner. 2. confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk. Also, ...
rig·o·don (rĭgʹə-dŏnʹ) n. Variant of rigadoon. * * *
/rig"euh let'/, n. Southern U.S. a small stream; rivulet. [1710-20, Amer.; < Mississippi Valley F, equiv. to F rigole drain, channel + -et, -ET] * * *
/rig'euh let"oh/; It. /rddee'gaw let"taw/, n. an opera (1851) with music by Giuseppe Verdi. * * *
/rig"euhr/, n. 1. strictness, severity, or harshness, as in dealing with people. 2. the full or extreme severity of laws, rules, etc. 3. severity of living conditions; hardship; ...
rigor mortis
/rig"euhr mawr"tis/, or, esp. Brit., /ruy"gawr/ the stiffening of the body after death. [1830-40; < L: lit., stiffness of death] * * *
▪ French historian born c. 1150, , Languedoc, Toulouse died , c. Nov. 27, 1207, Saint-Denis, near Paris       chronicler, who is best known for a biography of King ...
—rigorist, n. —rigoristic, adj. /rig"euh riz'euhm/, n. 1. extreme strictness. 2. (in Roman Catholic moral philosophy) the theory that in doubtful cases of conscience no ...
See rigorism. * * *
See rigorist. * * *
rigor mor·tis (môrʹtĭs) n. Muscular stiffening following death.   [Latin : rigor, stiffness + mortis, genitive of mors, death.] * * *
—rigorously, adv. —rigorousness, n. /rig"euhr euhs/, adj. 1. characterized by rigor; rigidly severe or harsh, as people, rules, or discipline: rigorous laws. 2. severely ...
See rigorous. * * *
See rigorously. * * *
/rig"euhr/, n. Chiefly Brit. rigor. * * *
/rigz"dahg'/, n. the former parliament of Denmark, consisting of an upper house and a lower house: replaced in 1953 by the unicameral Folketing. [ < Dan, equiv. to rigs, gen. of ...
/rigz"dah'layr/, n. a former silver coin of Denmark, equal to 16 skillings; rix-dollar. [1590-1600; < Dan; see RIX-DOLLAR] * * *
or Rgveda Oldest religious scripture in the world and most revered of the Vedas, completed by the 12th century BC. Consisting of more than 1,000 hymns addressed to devas ...
/rees/, n. Jacob August, 1849-1914, U.S. journalist and social reformer, born in Denmark. * * *
Riis, Jacob A
▪ American journalist born May 3, 1849, Ribe, Den. died May 26, 1914, Barre, Mass., U.S.  U.S. newspaper reporter, social reformer, and photographer who shocked the U.S. ...
Riis, Jacob A(ugust)
born May 3, 1849, Ribe, Den. died May 26, 1914, Barre, Mass., U.S. U.S. journalist and social reformer. He immigrated to the U.S. at 21 and became a police reporter for the New ...
Riis,Jacob August
Riis (rēs), Jacob August. 1849-1914. Danish-born American journalist and reformer whose reports on living conditions in city slums led to improvements in housing and ...
/ree ek"euh/; Serbo-Croatian. /rddee ye"kah/, n. a seaport in W Croatia, on the Adriatic. 193,044. Also, Rieka. Italian, Fiume. * * * ▪ Croatia Italian  Fiume,    city, ...
/ruyks"dahl'deuhr/, n. 1. a cupronickel or silver coin of the Netherlands, equal to 21/2 guilders. 2. a former silver coin of the Netherlands, equal to 48 stivers; ...
▪ museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands       (Dutch: “State Museum”), national art collection of The Netherlands in Amsterdam. The galleries originated with a royal ...
Du. /rdduyn/, n. the Rhine. * * *
/ruys"tah'feuhl/, n. an Indonesian meal consisting of rice served with a large array of small dishes of meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and condiments. Also ...
Du. /rdduys"vuyk/, n. a town in SW Netherlands, near The Hague: Treaty of Ryswick 1697. 52,069. * * * ▪ The Netherlands English  Ryswick        gemeente ...
Rikers Island
▪ island, New York, United States       island in the East River near the entrance of Bowery Bay, north of La Guardia Airport, New York, N.Y., U.S. Politically part of ...
Ri·kers Island (rīʹkərz) An island in the East River off the south coast of the Bronx, New York City. Part of the Bronx borough, it is the site of a large penitentiary. * * ...
/rik"shaw, -shah/, n. jinrikisha. Also, rikshaw. * * *
▪ floral arrangement       (Japanese: “standing flowers”), in classical Japanese floral art, a highly conventionalized and formal style of flower arranging. It is ...
Rikken Seiyūkai
(English; "Friends of Constitutional Government") Dominant Japanese political party from its inception in 1900 until 1940. Founded by Itō Hirobumi, it initially stood for ...
/riks"dahg'/, n. the parliament of Sweden, consisting of an upper house and a lower house. [ < Sw; cf. REICHSTAG] * * * ▪ Swedish states general ...
/riks"mawl/; Norw. /rddeeks"mawl'/, n. Bokmål. Formerly, Riksmaal. [ < Norw] * * *
▪ mountains, Bulgaria Bulgarian  Rila Planina        highest mountain range in Bulgaria and in the Balkan Peninsula, and one of the highest ranges in Europe. A ...
Rila Monastery
▪ monastery, Bulgaria       historic monastery and cultural site in the Rhodope Mountains of southwestern Bulgaria. It is situated in a valley of the Rila massif ...
/ruyl/, v.t., riled, riling. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. 1. to irritate or vex. 2. to roil (water or the like). [1815-25; var. of ROIL] Syn. 1. irk, annoy, provoke, ...
/ruy"lee/, adj. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. 1. turbid; roily. 2. angry; vexed. [1795-1805, Amer.; RILE + -Y1] * * *
/ruy"lee/, n. 1. James Whitcomb /hwit"keuhm, wit"-/, 1849-1916, U.S. poet. 2. life of. See life of Riley. * * *
Riley B King
➡ King (II) * * *
Riley, Bridget
▪ British artist in full  Bridget Louise Riley   born April 24, 1931, London, Eng.    English artist whose vibrant optical pattern paintings were central to the Op art ...
Riley, Charles Valentine
▪ American entomologist born Sept. 18, 1843, Chelsea, London, Eng. died Sept. 14, 1895, Washington, D.C., U.S.       British-born American entomologist who contributed ...
Riley, James Whitcomb
born Oct. 7, 1849, Greenfield, Ind., U.S. died July 22, 1916, Indianapolis, Ind. U.S. poet. He came into touch with the populace of rural Indiana through his early work ...
Riley,James Whitcomb
Ri·ley (rīʹlē), James Whitcomb. Known as “the Hoosier poet.” 1849-1916. American poet whose most famous works, “Little Orphant Annie” (1885) and “The Raggedy ...
Riley-Day syndrome
▪ pathology also called  familial dysautonomia        an inherited disorder occurring almost exclusively in Ashkenazic Jews (Ashkenazi) that is caused by abnormal ...
/rddee lye"vaw/; Eng. /ril yev"oh/, n., pl. rilievi /rddee lye"vee/; Eng. /ril yev"ee/. Italian. relief2 (defs. 2, 3). * * *
/rddil"keuh/, n. Rainer Maria /rdduy"neuhrdd mah rddee"ah/, 1875-1926, Austrian poet, born in Prague. * * *
Rilke, Rainer Maria
orig. René Maria Rilke born Dec. 4, 1875, Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary died Dec. 29, 1926, Valmont, Switz. Austro-German poet. After an unhappy childhood and an ...
Rilke,Rainer Maria
Ril·ke (rĭlʹkə), Rainer Maria. 1875-1926. German poet whose verse, often marked by a mystic lyricism and precise imagery, profoundly influenced 20th-century German ...
rill1 /ril/, n. a small rivulet or brook. [1530-40; < D or LG; cf. Fris ril] rill2 /ril/, n. Astron. any of certain long, narrow, straight or sinuous trenches or valleys observed ...
rille or rill [ril] n. 〚Ger rille, a furrow; akin to RILL〛 Astron. any of several long, narrow trenches or valleys on the moon's surface * * * ▪ lunar ...
/ril"it/, n. a little rill; streamlet. [1530-40; RILL1 + -ET] * * *
/ri lets"/; Fr. /rddee yet"/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) French Cookery. an appetizer made usually of pork or goose meat that is diced, seasoned, cooked, and then pounded ...
—rimless, adj. /rim/, n., v., rimmed, rimming. n. 1. the outer edge, border, margin, or brink of something, esp. of a circular object. 2. any edge, margin, or frame added to or ...
rim lighting
backlighting. [1935-40] * * *
rim lock
a lock nailed or screwed to one face of a door, gate, etc., as opposed to one built into its edge. [1835-45] * * *
rim man
copyreader (def. 2). [1930-35] * * *
/ree"meuh/, n. a female given name. * * * ▪ Icelandic poetry Icelandic:“rhyme,” plural  rímur        versified sagas, or episodes from the sagas, a form of ...
▪ district, Peru       distrito (district) of the Lima–Callao metropolitan area, north of central Lima, Peru. Created a district in 1921, the site was settled in ...
/ram boh"/; Fr. /rddaonn boh"/, n. (Jean Nicolas) Arthur /zhahonn nee kaw lah" annrdd tyuurdd"/, 1854-91, French poet. * * *
Rimbaud, (Jean-Nicolas-) Arthur
born Oct. 20, 1854, Charleville, France died Nov. 10, 1891, Marseille French poet and adventurer. The provincial son of an army captain, he had begun by age 16 to write ...
Rimbaud, Arthur
▪ French poet Introduction in full  Jean-Nicolas-Arthur Rimbaud   born Oct. 20, 1854, Charleville, France died Nov. 10, 1891, Marseille  French poet and adventurer who won ...
Rimbaud,Jean Nicholas Arthur
Rim·baud (răm-bōʹ, răɴ-), Jean Nicholas Arthur. 1854-1891. French poet whose hallucinatory work had a strong influence on the surrealists. * * *
rime1 —rimeless, adj. /ruym/, n., v., rimed, riming. n. 1. Also called rime ice. an opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles, caused by the rapid freezing of ...
rime riche
/reem" reesh"/, pl. rimes riches /reem" reesh"/. Pros. rhyme created by the use of two different words, or groups of words, of which both the stressed syllables and any following ...
rime suffisante
/rddeem syuu fee zahonnt"/, pl. rimes suffisantes /rddeem syuu fee zahonnt"/. French. See full rhyme. * * * ▪ prosody French:“sufficient rhyme,” plural  rimes ...
rim·er (rīʹmər) n. Variant of rhymer. * * *
rime riche (rēm rēshʹ) n. pl. rimes riches (rēm rēshʹ) Rhyme using words or parts of words that are pronounced identically but have different meanings, for example, ...
Rimes, LeAnn
▪ 1998       On Feb. 26, 1997, 14-year-old country music vocalist LeAnn Rimes won Grammy awards in two categories: best female country vocal performer and best new ...
/ruym"steuhr/, n. rhymester. * * *
/rim"fuyeur'/, adj. 1. (of a cartridge) having the primer in a rim encircling the base. Cf. center-fire (def. 1). 2. (of a firearm) designed for the use of such ...
/rim"euh nee/; It. /rddee"mee nee/, n. 1. Francesca da. See Francesca da Rimini. 2. Ancient, Ariminum. a seaport in NE Italy, on the Adriatic. 126,025. * * * ▪ Italy Latin ...
Rimini,Francesca da
Rimini, Francesca da. See Francesca da Rimini. * * *
Rimitti, Cheikha
▪ 2007 Saadia  Algerian singer-songwriter (b. May 8, 1923, Tessala, French Algeria—d. May 15, 2006, Paris, France), was called the “mother of rai music,” the rebellious ...
Rimland, Bernard
▪ 2007       American psychologist (b. Nov. 15, 1928, Cleveland, Ohio—d. Nov. 21, 2006, San Diego, Calif.), dispelled the theory that autism was an emotional disorder ...
/rimd/, adj. 1. having a rim: Do you wear rimmed or rimless glasses? 2. having a rim of a specified kind (often used in combination): Your red-rimmed eyes show that you have been ...
rimmed steel
a low-carbon steel containing enough iron oxide so that there is continuous generation of carbon monoxide during solidification. [1925-30] * * *
/rim"euhr/, n. William, 1816-79, U.S. sculptor and painter, born in England. * * *
—rimosely, adv. —rimosity /ruy mos"i tee/, n. /ruy"mohs, ruy mohs"/, adj. full of crevices, chinks, or cracks. Also, rimous /ruy"meuhs/. [1720-30; < L rimosus full of cracks, ...
See rimose. * * *
See rimosely. * * *
/ri mooh"skee/, n. a city in SE Quebec, in SE Canada, on the St. Lawrence River. 27,897. * * * ▪ Quebec, Canada       city, Bas-Saint-Laurent region, eastern Quebec ...
/rim"peuhl/, n., v., rimpled, rimpling. n. 1. a wrinkle. v.t., v.i. 2. to wrinkle; crumple; crease. [1400-50; late ME; cf. MD, MLG rimpel; akin to RUMPLE] * * *
/rim"rok'/, n. Geol. 1. rock forming the natural boundary of a plateau or other rise. 2. bedrock forming the natural boundary of a placer or of a gravel deposit. [1855-60, Amer.; ...
☆ rimshot [rim′shät΄ ] n. a sharp sound produced by striking a drumstick either against the rim and head of a snare drum simultaneously or against another drumstick held so ...
Rimski-Korsakov,Nikolai Andreyevich
Rim·ski-Kor·sa·kov or Rim·sky-Kor·sa·kov (rĭmʹskē-kôrʹsə-kôf'), Nikolai Andreyevich. 1844-1908. Russian composer whose operas and orchestral works were heavily ...
/rim"skee kawr"seuh kawf', -kof'/; Russ. /rddyeem"skyee kawrdd"seuh keuhf/, n. Nicolai Andreevich /nyi keuh luy" un drddye"yi vyich/, 1844-1908, Russian composer. Also, ...
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay
▪ Russian composer Introduction in full  Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov  born March 6 [March 18, New Style], 1844, Tikhvin, near Novgorod, Russia died June 8 [June 21], ...
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay (Andreyevich)
born March 18, 1844, Tikhvin, near Novgorod, Russia died June 21, 1908, Lyubensk Russian composer. While at St. Petersburg's College of Naval Cadets, he met other composers; ...
/rim"stohn'/, n. Geol. a calcareous deposit forming a dam at the edge or outlet of an overflowing pool of water, as in a cavern. [1925-30; RIM + STONE] * * *
▪ tree also called  New Zealand Red Pine, or Imou Pine        (Dacrydium cupressinum), coniferous timber tree of the family Podocarpaceae, native to New Zealand. The ...
/ruy"mee/, adj., rimier, rimiest. covered with rime. [bef. 1000; OE hrimig (not recorded in ME). See RIME1, -Y1] * * *
/rin/, n., pl. rin. a money of account of Japan, the thousandth part of a yen or the tenth part of a sen. [1870-75; < Japn ri(n) < MChin, equiv. to Chin lí; cf. LIKIN] * * *
Rin Tin Tin
the name of the German shepherd dog that was the popular animal star in many US silent adventure films of the 1920s. His popular name was ‘Rinty’. The first Rin Tin Tin was ...
▪ Buddhist monk also spelled  Richen Zampo   born 958 died 1055       Tibetan Buddhist monk, called the “Great Translator,” known primarily for his extensive ...
/ree"neuh/, n. a female given name. * * *
Fr. /rddaonn soh"/, n., pl. rinceaux Fr. /-soh"/. an ornamental foliate or floral motif. [1770-80; < F; MF rainsel < VL *ramuscellus, deriv. of LL ramusculus, dim. of ramus ...
Rincon de Gautier, Felisa
▪ 1995       Puerto Rican politician (b. 1897?, Ceiba, P.R.—d. Sept. 16, 1994, San Juan, P.R.), served as a popular mayor of San Juan (1946-69) after helping in the ...
rind1 —rindless, adj. —rindy, adj. /ruynd/, n. 1. a thick and firm outer coat or covering, as of certain fruits, cheeses, and meats: watermelon rind; orange rind; bacon ...
/rin"deuhr pest'/, n. Vet. Pathol. an acute, usually fatal infectious disease of cattle, sheep, etc., caused by a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus and characterized by ...
/ruyn"hahrt/, n. Mary Roberts, 1876-1958, U.S. novelist and playwright. * * *
Rinehart, Mary Roberts
▪ American writer née  Mary Roberts  born Aug. 12, 1876, Allegheny [now in Pittsburgh], Pa., U.S. died Sept. 22, 1958, New York, N.Y.  American novelist and playwright ...
Rinehart,Mary Roberts
Rine·hart (rīnʹhärt'), Mary Roberts. 1876-1958. American writer known for her mysteries, including The Circular Staircase (1908) and The Door (1930). * * *
It. /rddeen'fawrdd tsahn"daw/, adj., adv. sforzando. [1795-1805; < It: reinforcing (ger. of rinforzare, equiv. to ri- RE- + inforzare to ENFORCE)] * * *
ring1 —ringless, adj. —ringlike, adj. /ring/, n., v., ringed, ringing. n. 1. a typically circular band of metal or other durable material, esp. one of gold or other precious ...
/ring/, n. a male given name. * * * I Circular band of gold, silver, or other precious or decorative material usually worn on the finger, but sometimes on the toes, the ears, or ...
Ring a Ring o’ Roses
a traditional children’s song and game in which the players join hands and dance in a circle singing, then pretend to sneeze, and fall down on the last line. The words ...
ring binder
a loose-leaf binder in which the sheets are held in by two or more rings that can be made to snap open. [1925-30] * * *
ring compound
Chem. a compound whose structural formula contains a closed chain or ring of atoms; a cyclic compound. Cf. cyclic (def. 3). [1930-35] * * *
Ring Cycle.
See Ring of the Nibelung, The. * * *
ring dance.
See round dance. [1590-1600] * * *
ring finger
the finger next to the little finger, esp. of the left hand, on which an engagement ring or wedding band is traditionally worn. [bef. 1000; ME, OE] * * *
ring frame.
See ring-spinning frame. * * *
ring gage
a gage for checking the diameters of circular manufactured objects, consisting of a ring having a hole that is of either the maximum or minimum allowable diameter. * * *
ring galaxy
Astron. a galaxy having the shape of an elliptical ring: thought to be the result of a collision of two galaxies. * * *
ring gate
Metall. a gate having a widened opening containing a centered disk to prevent molten metal from falling in a direct vertical stream. * * *
ring gauge
ring1 (def. 21). * * *
ring gear
Mach. See internal gear. * * *
ring machine
Print. a Linotype used primarily for making corrections. * * *
ring man
1. Print. an operator of a ring machine. 2. a person who assists an auctioneer by spotting bids and signaling the information to the auctioneer, often from the ring where ...
Ring Nebula
Astron. a planetary nebula in the constellation Lyra that has a ringlike appearance surrounding its central star. * * * ▪ astronomy  (catalog numbers NGC 6720 and M 57), ...
Ring of Fire
Geol. the linear zone of seismic and volcanic activity that coincides in general with the margins of the Pacific Plate. * * * Name given to a belt of seismic and volcanic ...
Ring of the Nibelung
Ring of the Nibelung n. Gmc. Legend the ring made from the Rheingold by Alberich, leader of a race of dwarfs called the Nibelungs * * *
Ring of the Nibelung, The
/nee"beuh loong'/ Richard Wagner's tetralogy of music dramas: Das Rheingold (completed 1869), Die Walküre (completed 1870), Siegfried (completed 1876), and Götterdämmerung ...
ring ouzel
ring ouzel n. a European thrush (Turdus torquatus) with a white band on its neck and breast * * *
ring rot
Plant Pathol. a disease of potatoes, characterized by wilted foliage and rotting of the ring of vascular bundles in the tubers, caused by a bacterium, Corynebacterium ...
ring seizing.
See cuckold's knot. * * *
ring shout
a group dance of West African origin introduced into parts of the southern U.S. by black revivalists, performed by shuffling counterclockwise in a circle while answering shouts ...
ring snake
1. See grass snake (def. 1). 2. See ring-neck snake. Also, ringed snake. [1770-80, Amer.] * * *
ring spinning
a process of spinning in which the yarn is twisted and drawn while passing through a small metal device traveling rapidly around a ring in the operation of winding the yarn onto ...
ring spot
Plant Pathol. any of various plant diseases caused by a virus or fungus and characterized by concentric rings of discoloration or necrosis on the leaves. [1905-10] * * *
ring stone
a voussoir appearing on a face of an arch. * * *
ring taw
Marbles. ringer1 (def. 4). [1820-30] * * *
☆ ring-a-ding [riŋ′ə diŋ΄ ] Slang adj. 〚echoic〛 wildly exciting n. 1. wild excitement; razzle-dazzle 2. a wildly exciting person or thing * * *
☆ ring-a-levio [riŋ΄ə lē′vē ō΄ ] n. 〚
/ring'euh lee"vee oh'/, n. a game played usually between two teams in which the members of one team attempt to find, capture, and imprison the members of the other, who can be ...

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