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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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
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   2. Upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not
      oblique; as, right ascension; a right pyramid or cone.
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   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.
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            That which is conformable to the Supreme Rule is
            absolutely right, and is called right simply without
            relation to a special end.            --Whately.
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   2. Fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right
      man in the right place; the right way from London to
      Oxford.
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   5. Characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not
      spurious. "His right wife." --Chaucer.
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            In this battle, . . . the Britons never more plainly
            manifested themselves to be right barbarians.
                                                  --Milton.
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   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.
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            You are right, Justice, and you weigh this well.
                                                  --Shak.
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            If there be no prospect beyond the grave, the
            inference is . . . right, "Let us eat and drink, for
            to-morrow we die."                    --Locke.
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   7. Most favorable or convenient; fortunate.
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            The lady has been disappointed on the right side.
                                                  --Spectator.
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   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.
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            Became the sovereign's favorite, his right hand.
                                                  --Longfellow.
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   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.
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   9. Well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well
      regulated; correctly done.
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   10. Designed to be placed or worn outward; as, the right side
       of a piece of cloth.
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   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.
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   Note: Right is used elliptically for it is right, what you
         say is right, true.
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               "Right," cries his lordship.       --Pope.
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   Syn: Straight; direct; perpendicular; upright; lawful;
        rightful; true; correct; just; equitable; proper;
        suitable; becoming.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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                Seldom your opinions err;
                Your eyes are always in the right. --Prior.
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      (c) A just judgment or action; that which is true or
          proper; justice; uprightness; integrity.
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                Long love to her has borne the faithful knight,
                And well deserved, had fortune done him right.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   2. That to which one has a just claim. Specifically:
      (a) That which one has a natural claim to exact.
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                There are no rights whatever, without
                corresponding duties.             --Coleridge.
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      (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.
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                Born free, he sought his right.   --Dryden.
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                Hast thou not right to all created things?
                                                  --Milton.
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                Men have no right to what is not reasonable.
                                                  --Burke.
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      (d) Privilege or immunity granted by authority.
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   3. The right side; the side opposite to the left.
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            Led her to the Souldan's right.       --Spenser.
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   4. In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those
      members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists.
      See Center, 5.
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   5. The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of
      cloth, a carpet, etc.
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   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.
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            He should himself use it by right.    --Chaucer.
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            I should have been a woman by right.  --Shak.
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   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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            Unto Dian's temple goeth she right.   --Chaucer.
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            Let thine eyes look right on.         --Prov. iv.
                                                  25.
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            Right across its track there lay,
            Down in the water, a long reef of gold. --Tennyson.
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   3. Exactly; just. [Obs. or Colloq.]
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            Came he right now to sing a raven's note? --Shak.
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   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.
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   5. According to any rule of art; correctly.
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            You with strict discipline instructed right.
                                                  --Roscommon.
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   6. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really;
      correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right. "Right at
      mine own cost." --Chaucer.
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            Right as it were a steed of Lumbardye. --Chaucer.
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            His wounds so smarted that he slept right naught.
                                                  --Fairfax.
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   7. In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely;
      highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant. "He
      was not right fat". --Chaucer.
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            For which I should be right sorry.    --Tyndale.
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            [I] return those duties back as are right fit.
                                                  --Shak.
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   Note: In this sense now chiefly prefixed to titles; as, right
         honorable; right reverend.
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   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.
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   Note: Right is used in composition with other adverbs, as
         upright, downright, forthright, etc.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   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.
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            So just is God, to right the innocent. --Shak.
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            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.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Right \Right\, v. i.
   1. To recover the proper or natural condition or position; to
      become upright.
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   2. (Naut.) Hence, to regain an upright position, as a ship or
      boat, after careening.
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