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Definitions of rule

  1. something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems; "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. keep in check; "rule one's temper" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. prescribed guide for conduct or action Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; "their principles of composition characterized all their works" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; "the rule of St. Dominic" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. the duration of a monarch's or government's power; "during the rule of Elizabeth" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; "the rule of St. Dominic" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. decide with authority; "The King decreed that all first-born males should be killed" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. mark or draw with a ruler; "rule the margins" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for conduct or action; a governing direction for a specific purpose; an authoritative enactment; a regulation; a prescription; a precept; as, the rules of various societies; the rules governing a school; a rule of etiquette or propriety; the rules of cricket. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Uniform or established course of things. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Systematic method or practice; as, my ule is to rise at six o'clock. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Ordibary course of procedure; usual way; comon state or condition of things; as, it is a rule to which there are many exeptions. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Conduct in general; behavior. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. The act of ruling; administration of law; government; empire; authority; control. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. An order regulating the practice of the courts, or an order made between parties to an action or a suit. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. A determinate method prescribed for performing any operation and producing a certain result; as, a rule for extracting the cube root. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. A general principle concerning the formation or use of words, or a concise statement thereof; thus, it is a rule in England, that s or es , added to a noun in the singular number, forms the plural of that noun; but "man" forms its plural "men", and is an exception to the rule. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. A straight strip of wood, metal, or the like, which serves as a guide in drawing a straight line; a ruler. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. A measuring instrument consisting of a graduated bar of wood, ivory, metal, or the like, which is usually marked so as to show inches and fractions of an inch, and jointed so that it may be folded compactly. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. A thin plate of metal (usually brass) of the same height as the type, and used for printing lines, as between columns on the same page, or in tabular work. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. A composing rule. See under Conposing. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To control the will and actions of; to exercise authority or dominion over; to govern; to manage. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To establish or settle by, or as by, a rule; to fix by universal or general consent, or by common practice. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. To require or command by rule; to give as a direction or order of court. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To mark with lines made with a pen, pencil, etc., guided by a rule or ruler; to print or mark with lines by means of a rule or other contrivance effecting a similar result; as, to rule a sheet of paper of a blank book. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To lay down and settle a rule or order of court; to decide an incidental point; to enter a rule. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. To keep within a (certain) range for a time; to be in general, or as a rule; as, prices ruled lower yesterday than the day before. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. To control or direct by influence, counsel, or persuasion; to guide; - used chiefly in the passive. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. To have power or command; to exercise supreme authority; - often followed by over. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. A standard or principle of conduct; as, honesty should be the rule for all; regulation; as, a rule of the game; an established usage or law; government; authority; as, a democratic rule; usual course of action; as, I walk there as a rule; that which is true or may be expected in the majority of cases; as, among the people of some countries, ignorance is the rule; a straight strip for drawing lines. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  42. To govern or control; settle, as by a rule; manage, control, influence, or restrain; establish by a decision; mark with lines with the aid of a straight strip. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  43. To decide a point; exercise superior authority. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  44. Government: a principle: a standard: a statute: a maxim: order: an instrument used in drawing lines. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  45. To govern: to manage: to settle as by a rule: to establish by decision: to determine, as a court: to mark with lines. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  46. To exercise power: to decide: to lay down and settle: to stand or range, as prices. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  47. That which regulates; government; principle; law; order; instrument used in drawing lines, or measuring. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  48. To exercise power; decide; range, as prices. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  49. To govern; settle by a rule; mark with straight lines. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  50. To control; govern; establish; order. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. To mark with lines, as with ruler. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. Controlling power; authority. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. A direction; command; prescribed form; regular procedure. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. A ruler; printers' straight strip of metal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. Government; sway; established principle, standard, or directory; established or regular mode of proceeding; a maxim or canon; an instrument for drawing lines; in monasteries, corporations, or societies, that which is established for the direction of the society; a determinate mode prescribed for performing any operation and producing certain results; an established form of construction in a particular class of words; an order made either between parties to a suit on motion, or to regulate the practice of the court. Rule of Three, that which teaches how to find a fourth proportional number to three others which are given. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  56. To govern; to manage; to settle as by rule; to determine, as a court; to mark lines by a ruler. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  57. To have power or command; to decide; to stand or maintain a level. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  58. An instrument by which straight lines are drawn, or short lengths measured; something established for guidance and direction; government; supreme command; control; a prescribed mode of operation by which certain results may be obtained; in gram., a statement by which some established order in the construction of words is expressed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  59. To govern; to conduct; to direct; to determine, as a court of justice; to decide; to lay down and settle; to exercise supreme authority. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  60. To control or direct by influence, counsel, or persuasion; to guide; -- used chiefly in the passive. mso.anu.edu.au
  61. To have power or command; to exercise supreme authority; -- often followed by over. mso.anu.edu.au
  62. A general principle concerning the formation or use of words, or a concise statement thereof; thus, it is a rule in England, that s or es , added to a noun in the singular number, forms the plural of that noun; but rule. dictgcide_fs
  63. To control or direct by influence, counsel, or persuasion; to guide; used chiefly in the passive. dictgcide_fs
  64. To have power or command; to exercise supreme authority; often followed by over. dictgcide_fs
  65. r[=oo]l, n. government: a principle: a standard: a statute, a maxim, formula, or order: an instrument used in drawing lines or making calculations mechanically: a minor law, something established for guidance and direction, esp. the regulations of monasteries, corporate societies, &c.: the limits of a prison (esp. in pl.): conformity to rule, uniformity: in American parliamentary law, the regulations adopted by a deliberative body for the regulation of its proceedings: (gram.) the expression of some established form of construction: the description of a process for solving a problem: a general proposition, as 'Failure is the rule, success the exception': (law) an order regulating the court: (print.) a thin strip of rolled brass, cut type high, used for printing: in plastering, a strip of wood on the face of the wall as a guide to assist in keeping the plane surface.--v.t. to dispose: to regulate: to dominate: to govern: to manage: to prevail upon: to settle as by a rule: to establish by decision: to determine, as a court: to mark with lines.--v.i. to exercise power (with over): to decide: to lay down and settle: to stand or range, as prices.--adj. RU'LABLE, governable: allowable.--ns. RULE'-CASE (print.), a tray with partitions for rules; RULE'-CUT'TER (print.), a machine for cutting brass rules into short lengths; RULE'-DRILL'ER, a teacher who teaches by rote; RULE'-JOINT, a pivoted joint used by surveyors, &c.--adj. RULE'LESS, lawless.--ns. RULE'LESSNESS; RULE'-MONG'ER, a stickler for rules; RU'LER, a sovereign: a governor: an instrument used in drawing lines: in engraving, a straight steel bar employed in engraving the lines; RU'LERSHIP; RULE'-WORK (print.), work with many rules, as tables of figures, &c.--adj. RU'LING, predominant: prevailing: reigning.--n. the determination by a judge, esp. an oral decision: the act of making ruled lines.--n. RU'LING-EN'GINE, a machine for ruling diffraction gratings.--adv. RU'LINGLY.--ns. RU'LING-MACHINE', a machine used by engravers for ruling in flat tints: a machine for ruling parallel coloured lines upon writing-paper; RU'LING-PEN, a form of pen for drawing lines of even thickness; SLID'ING-RULE, a rule having one or more scales which slide over others for the purpose of facilitating calculations.--RULE OF FAITH, not the sum of the Christian faith as laid down in creeds and confessions, but, in polemical theology, the sources whence the doctrines of the faith are to be authoritatively derived--the Scriptures, the tradition of the Church, the teaching of the Fathers, &c.; RULE OF THE ROAD, the regulations to be observed in the movements of conveyances either on land or at sea--thus in England drivers, riders, and cyclists take the left side in meeting, and the right in passing; RULE OF THREE, the method of finding the fourth term when three are given; RULE OF THUMB, any rough process of measurement.--A RULE TO SHOW CAUSE, or A RULE NISI, a rule which is conditional (see NISI); As a rule, on the whole; ONE HOUR RULE, a rule prohibiting members of the United States House of Representatives speaking more than an hour. [O. Fr. reule (Fr. règle)--L. regula--reg[)e]re, to rule.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  66. r[=oo]l, n. revelry.--v.i. to revel. [Revel.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  67. Principle to which action or procedure conforms or is bound or intended to conform, dominant custom, canon, test, standard, normal state of things, (deduce rr. of action; the rr. of decorum, cricket, &c.; r. of the ROAD; there was a r. that-; standing r., made by corporation to govern its procedure; r. of thumb, based on experience or practice, not theory, often r.-of-t. attrib.; r. of three, method of finding number that bears same ratio to one given as exists between two others given, also attrib., as r.-o.-t. sum; GOLDEN r.; by r., in regulation manner, mechanically; hard& fast r., precise criterion or rigid formula; EXCEPTION proves r.; large families are the r. & not the exception; as a r., usually, more often than not); sway, government, dominion, (bear r., hold sway; under British r.; the r. of force; entrusted with the r. of half the tribe); (Eccl.) code of discipline observed by religious order; (Law) order made by judge or court w. ref. to particular case only (r. nisi; r. absolute, making r. nisi no longer contingent); (Hist.) the rr., limited area outside Fleet& King\'s-Bench prisons in which prisoners were allowed to live on certain terms; graduated often jointed straight measure used by carpenters &c. (often foot-r., 2ft r., &c.); (Print.) thin slip of metal for separating headings, columns, &c., also short (en r.) or long (em r.) dash in punctuation &c.; r. -joint, of kind usual in jointed carpenter\'s r.; hence ruleless a. (Vb) exercise sway or decisive influence over, keep under control, curb, (person, conduct, one\'s passions; ruling passion, motive that habitually directs one\'s actions), (pass.) consent to follow advice, be guided by; be the ruler (s) or have the sovereign control of or over, bear r., (r. the ROAST; rules over many millions; kings should r. by love); (of prices, or goods &c. in regard to them or to quality &c.) have a specified general level, be for the most part, (corn, prices, the market, ruled high &c.; crops r. good; riding prices, those current); give judicial or authoritative decision (usu. that; also r. person or thing out of order; r. out, exclude, pronounce irrelevant or ineligible), whence ruling (2) n.; make parallel lines across (paper), make (straight line), with ruler or mechanical help. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  68. [A.S., L.] (Eccl.) See Regulars. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  69. [A.S., L.] In Law, an order of the superior courts of common law. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  70. n. [French] Government; sway;- supreme authority over or command of; control;— a prescribed law or ordinance; precept; injunction;— In ecclesiastical law, a canon; a directory;- in English law courts, an order or judgment of the court determining the general practice or further course of proceedings in a case;— established customary principle or mode of action in individual or social life; regulation; maxim; received opinion; habitual practice;— that by which a thing is to be judged of, or to which it is to be aptitude or conformed; standard; exemplar;- an instrument by which straight lines are drawn; ruler;— also, an instrument for measuring short lengths in carpentry; or for performing various peroration in mensuration;— in arithmetic, determinate mode of making a calculation and producing a required result. Cabinet Dictionary

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