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rectus

[rek-tuh s] /ˈrɛk təs/
noun, plural recti
[rek-tahy] /ˈrɛk taɪ/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy
1.
any of several straight muscles, as of the abdomen, thigh, eye, etc.
Origin of rectus
1695-1705
1695-1705; < New Latin rēctus (musculus) straight (muscle)
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  • rectus and I agreed, however, that we would rather have a pride-of-India tree than a charter, as far as we were concerned.

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  • Of course, rectus wanted to know, right away, what a Minorcan was.

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  • I whispered to rectus that the house might have swelled, but he didn't get a chance to put in the suggestion.

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  • rectus said it was all back-streets, and it looked something that way.

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  • "It isn't really necessary for her to do any governing," said rectus.

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  • "I just wanted to see one," said rectus, as if he had been talking of kangaroos or giraffes.

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  • "I guess that's a little stretched," said Corny, and rectus agreed with her.

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  • "That's all you get for your sympathy with oppressed people," said rectus.

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  • rectus had never been very good at calculations, and I was glad to see that he was beginning to take an interest in such things.

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  • rectus carried the rope, and I had the grapnel, wrapped in its cotton wool.

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British Dictionary definitions for rectus

rectus

/ˈrɛktəs/
noun (pl) -ti (-taɪ)
1.
(anatomy) a straight muscle, esp either of two muscles of the anterior abdominal wall (rectus abdominis)
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin rectus musculus
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