from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of correcting.
  • n. Something offered or substituted for a mistake or fault: made corrections in the report.
  • n. Punishment intended to rehabilitate or improve.
  • n. The treatment of offenders through a system of penal incarceration, rehabilitation, probation, and parole, or the administrative system by which these are effectuated.
  • n. An amount or quantity added or subtracted in order to correct.
  • n. A decline in stock-market activity or prices following a period of increases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of correcting.
  • n. A substitution for an error or mistake.
  • n. Punishment that is intended to rehabilitate an offender.
  • n. An amount or quantity of something added or subtracted so as to correct.
  • n. A decline in a stock market price after a large rise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of correcting, or making that right which was wrong; change for the better; amendment; rectification, as of an erroneous statement.
  • n. The act of reproving or punishing, or that which is intended to rectify or to cure faults; punishment; discipline; chastisement.
  • n. That which is substituted in the place of what is wrong; an emendation.
  • n. Abatement of noxious qualities; the counteraction of what is inconvenient or hurtful in its effects.
  • n. An allowance made for inaccuracy in an instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of correcting, or of bringing into conformity to a standard, model, or original: as, the correction of an arithmetical computation; the correction of a proof-sheet.
  • n. The act of noting and pointing out for removal or amendment, as errors, defects, mistakes, or faults of any kind.
  • n. The change or amendment indicated or effected; that which is proposed or substituted for what is wrong; an emendation: as, the corrections on a proof.
  • n. Correctness.
  • n. In mathematics and physics, a subordinate quantity which has to be taken into account and applied in order to insure accuracy, as in the use of an instrument or the solution of a problem.
  • n. The act of counteracting or removing whatever is undesirable, inconvenient, or injurious: as, the correction of abuses in connection with the public service; the correction of acidity of the stomach.
  • n. In optics, the elimination of spherical or chromatic aberration from an eyepiece or object-glass; also, loosely, the error produced by aberration of the two kinds.
  • n. The rectification of faults, or the attempt to rectify them, as in character or conduct, by the use of restraint or punishment; that which corrects; chastisement; discipline; reproof.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rebuke for making a mistake
  • n. the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake; setting right
  • n. a quantity that is added or subtracted in order to increase the accuracy of a scientific measure
  • n. treatment of a specific defect
  • n. something substituted for an error
  • n. a drop in stock market activity or stock prices following a period of increases
  • n. the act of punishing


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin corrēctiō.



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