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Meaning of RULE

Pronunciation:  rool

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  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
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"
  4. [n]  (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"
  5. [n]  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"
  6. [n]  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"
  7. [n]  a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; "the rule of St. Dominic"
  8. [n]  prescribed guide for conduct or action
  9. [n]  directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess"
  10. [n]  (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
  11. [n]  the duration of a monarch's or government's power; "during the rule of Elizabeth"
  12. [n]  dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
  13. [v]  keep in check; "rule one's temper"
  14. [v]  decide with authority
  15. [v]  decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
  16. [v]  mark or draw with a ruler; of margins
  17. [v]  exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
  18. [v]  be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
  19. [v]  have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac
 

RULE is a 4 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: convention, decree, dominate, dominion, find, formula, govern, harness, linguistic rule, normal, pattern, predominate, prescript, prevail, principle, regulation, reign, rein, ruler
 
 See Also: accompany, algorithm, algorithmic program, algorithmic rule, ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, attach to, book, bound, bye law, bylaw, canon, carpenter's rule, close out, code of behavior, code of conduct, come with, command, communications protocol, concept, concept, conception, conception, confine, construct, construct, continuance, control, control, cy pres, cy pres doctrine, decide, determine, dictate, dictate, direction, dominance, draw, duration, etiquette, foot rule, generalisation, generality, generalization, GIGO, go with, golden rule, grammatical rule, Gresham's Law, ground rule, guideline, guidepost, heuristic, heuristic program, heuristic rule, Huygens' principle of superposition, instruction, judge, label, law, law of nature, law of parsimony, Le Chatelier principle, Le Chatelier-Braun principle, Le Chatelier's law, Le Chatelier's principle, limit, limitation, localisation, localisation of function, localisation principle, localization, localization of function, localization principle, make up one's mind, mass action, mass-action principle, measure, measuring rod, measuring stick, metarule, meterstick, metrestick, Miranda rule, misgovern, mores, morphological rule, Naegele's rule, Occam's Razor, Ockham's Razor, order, ordinance, outbalance, outweigh, overarch, overbalance, override, override, overrule, overthrow, overturn, paramountcy, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure, pillar, practice, precept, preclude, preponderate, principle, principle of equivalence, principle of liquid displacement, principle of parsimony, principle of superposition, procedure, process, pronounce, protocol, raj, recursion, redound, Regency, regulation, reign, reign, restrain, restrict, restriction, reverse, rubric, rule book, rule in, rule of cy pres, rule of evidence, rule of grammar, rule of morphology, rule of thumb, rule out, rules of order, sovereignty, superposition, suzerainty, throne, throttle, trammel, working principle, working rule, yard measure, yardstick

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Rule\, n.
    
    {Rule of the road} (Law), any of the various regulations
       imposed upon travelers by land or water for their mutual
       convenience or safety. In the United States it is a rule
       of the road that land travelers passing in opposite
       directions shall turn out each to his own right, and
       generally that overtaking persons or vehicles shall turn
       out to the left; in England the rule for vehicles (but not
       for pedestrians) is the opposite of this. Run \Run\, n.
    1. (Piquet, Cribbage, etc.) A number of cards of the same
       suit in sequence; as, a run of four in hearts.
    
    2. (Golf)
       (a) The movement communicated to a golf ball by running.
       (b) The distance a ball travels after touching the ground
           from a stroke.
    
    
  2. \Rule\, n. [OE. reule, riule, OF. riule, reule, F.
    r['e]gle, fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere,
    rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See {Right}, a., and cf.
    {Regular}.]
    1. 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.
    
             We profess to have embraced a religion which
             contains the most exact rules for the government of
             our lives.                            --Tillotson.
    
    2. Hence:
       (a) Uniform or established course of things.
    
                 'T is against the rule of nature. --Shak.
       (b) Systematic method or practice; as, my ule is to rise
           at six o'clock.
       (c) Ordibary course of procedure; usual way; comon state
           or condition of things; as, it is a rule to which
           there are many exeptions.
       (d) Conduct in general; behavior. [Obs.]
    
                 This uncivil rule; she shall know of it. --Shak.
    
    3. The act of ruling; administration of law; government;
       empire; authority; control.
    
             Obey them that have the rule over you. --Heb. xiii.
                                                   17.
    
             His stern rule the groaning land obeyed. --Pope.
    
    4. (Law) An order regulating the practice of the courts, or
       an order made between parties to an action or a suit.
       --Wharton.
    
    5. (Math.) A determinate method prescribed for performing any
       operation and producing a certain result; as, a rule for
       extracting the cube root.
    
    6. (Gram.) 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.
    
    7.
       (a) A straight strip of wood, metal, or the like, which
           serves as a guide in drawing a straight line; a ruler.
       (b) 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.
    
                 A judicious artist will use his eye, but he will
                 trust only to his rule.           --South.
    
    8. (Print.)
       (a) 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.
       (b) A composing rule. See under {Conposing}.
    
    {As a rule}, as a general thing; in the main; usually; as, he
       behaves well, as a rule.
    
    {Board rule}, {Caliber rule}, etc. See under {Board},
       {Caliber}, etc.
    
    {Rule joint}, a knuckle joint having shoulders that abut when
       the connected pieces come in line with each other, and
       thus permit folding in one direction only.
    
    {Rule of three} (Arith.), that rule which directs, when three
       terms are given, how to find a fourth, which shall have
       the same ratio to the third term as the second has to the
       first; proportion. See {Proportion}, 5
       (b) .
    
    {Rule of thumb}, any rude process or operation, like that of
       using the thumb as a rule in measuring; hence, judgment
       and practical experience as distinguished from scientific
       knowledge.
    
    Syn: regulation; law; precept; maxim; guide; canon; order;
         method; direction; control; government; sway; empire.
    
    
  3. \Rule\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ruled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Ruling}.] [Cf. OF. riuler, ruiler, L. regulare. See {Rule},
    n., and cf. {Regulate}.]
    1. To control the will and actions of; to exercise authority
       or dominion over; to govern; to manage. --Chaucer.
    
             A bishop then must be blameless; . . . one that
             ruleth well his own house, having his children in
             subjection.                           --1 Tim. iii.
                                                   2, 4.
    
    2. To control or direct by influence, counsel, or persuasion;
       to guide; -- used chiefly in the passive.
    
             I think she will be ruled In all respects by me.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    3. To establish or settle by, or as by, a rule; to fix by
       universal or general consent, or by common practice.
    
             That's are ruled case with the schoolmen.
                                                   --Atterbury.
    
    4. (Law) To require or command by rule; to give as a
       direction or order of court.
    
    5. 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.
    
    {Ruled surface} (Geom.), any surface that may be described by
       a straight line moving according to a given law; -- called
       also a {scroll}.
    
    
  4. \Rule\, v. i.
    1. To have power or command; to exercise supreme authority;
       -- often followed by over.
    
             By me princes rule, and nobles.       --Prov. viii.
                                                   16.
    
             We subdue and rule over all other creatures. --Ray.
    
    2. (Law) To lay down and settle a rule or order of court; to
       decide an incidental point; to enter a rule. --Burril.
       Bouvier.
    
    3. (Com.) 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.
    
    
 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: A statement of conditions, effects, or phenomena typically observed in a given situation or process.
 

 

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