Definition of Rule

1. Noun. A principle or condition that customarily governs behavior. "Short haircuts were the regulation"

2. Verb. Exercise authority over; as of nations. "Who is governing the country now?"
Exact synonyms: Govern
Generic synonyms: Command, Control
Specialized synonyms: Throne, Misgovern, Dictate, Reign
Derivative terms: Governance, Governing, Government, Governor, Ruler

3. Noun. Something regarded as a normative example. "His formula for impressing visitors"
Exact synonyms: Convention, Formula, Normal, Pattern
Generic synonyms: Practice
Specialized synonyms: Mores, Code Of Behavior, Code Of Conduct, Universal
Derivative terms: Formularize

4. Verb. Decide with authority. "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
Exact synonyms: Decree
Generic synonyms: Decide, Determine, Make Up One's Mind
Specialized synonyms: Override, Overrule, Overthrow, Overturn, Reverse, Rule In, Rule Out
Derivative terms: Decree, Ruler
Also: Rule Out

5. Noun. Prescribed guide for conduct or action.

6. Verb. Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance. "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"

7. Noun. (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice.

8. Verb. Decide on and make a declaration about. "Find someone guilty"
Exact synonyms: Find
Related verbs: Feel, Find
Generic synonyms: Judge, Label, Pronounce
Derivative terms: Finding, Ruling

9. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Principle
Generic synonyms: Generalisation, Generality, Generalization
Specialized synonyms: Pillar, Yang, Yin, Feng Shui

10. Verb. Have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac.
Generic synonyms: Accompany, Attach To, Come With, Go With

11. Noun. The duration of a monarch's or government's power. "During the rule of Elizabeth"
Generic synonyms: Continuance, Duration
Specialized synonyms: Regency
Specialized synonyms: Regency

12. Verb. Mark or draw with a ruler. "Rule the margins"
Generic synonyms: Draw
Derivative terms: Ruler

13. Noun. Dominance or power through legal authority. "The rule of Caesar"
Exact synonyms: Dominion
Generic synonyms: Ascendance, Ascendancy, Ascendence, Ascendency, Control, Dominance
Specialized synonyms: Paramountcy, Raj, Reign, Sovereignty, Suzerainty
Derivative terms: Dominate

14. Verb. Keep in check. "Rule one's temper"
Exact synonyms: Harness, Rein
Generic synonyms: Bound, Confine, Limit, Restrain, Restrict, Throttle, Trammel
Derivative terms: Rein

15. Noun. Directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted. "He knew the rules of chess"
Generic synonyms: Direction, Instruction
Specialized synonyms: Ground Rule
Group relationships: Book, Rule Book

16. Noun. Any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order. "The rule of St. Dominic"
Generic synonyms: Direction, Instruction

17. Noun. A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system. "The right-hand rule for inductive fields"

18. Noun. (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems. "He gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
Exact synonyms: Formula
Generic synonyms: Procedure, Process
Specialized synonyms: Metarule, Algorithm, Algorithmic Program, Algorithmic Rule, Heuristic, Heuristic Program, Heuristic Rule, Recursion
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Derivative terms: Formularize, Formulate

19. Noun. 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.

Definition of Rule

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To control the will and actions of; to exercise authority or dominion over; to govern; to manage.

3. v. i. To have power or command; to exercise supreme authority; -- often followed by over.

Definition of Rule

1. Noun. A regulation, law, guideline. ¹

2. Noun. A ruler; device for measuring, a straightedge, a measure. ¹

3. Noun. Something to keep order. ¹

4. Noun. A straight line (gloss continuous mark, as made by a pen or the like), especially one lying across a paper as a guide for writing. ¹

5. Noun. A regulating principle. ¹

6. Noun. A normal condition or state of affairs. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To regulate, be in charge of, make decisions for, reign over. ¹

8. Verb. (slang intransitive) To excel. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To mark (paper or the like) with rules (gloss lines). ¹

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Definition of Rule

1. to exercise control over [v RULED, RULING, RULES] : RULABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Rule

1. A statement of conditions, effects, or phenomena typically observed in agiven situation or process. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rule

rule (current term)
rule OK
rule against perpetuities
rule book
rule books
rule in
rule nisi
rule of bigeminy
rule of coss
rule of cy pres

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