Definition of Ruler

1. Noun. A person who rules or commands. "Swayer of the universe"

2. 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.
Exact synonyms: Rule
Specialized synonyms: Carpenter's Rule, Foot Rule, Meterstick, Metrestick, Yard Measure, Yardstick
Generic synonyms: Measure, Measuring Rod, Measuring Stick
Derivative terms: Rule, Rule

Definition of Ruler

1. n. One who rules; one who exercises sway or authority; a governor.

Definition of Ruler

1. Noun. A (usually rigid), flat, rectangular measuring or drawing device with graduations in units of measurement; a rule; a straightedge with markings; a measure. ¹

2. Noun. A person who rules or governs; a person who exercises dominion or controlling power over others. ¹

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Definition of Ruler

1. one that rules [n -S] - See also: rules

Medical Definition of Ruler

1. 1. One who rules; one who exercises sway or authority; a governor. "And he made him ruler over all the land." (Gen. Xii. 43) "A prince and ruler of the land." (Shak) 2. A straight or curved strip of wood, metal, etc, with a smooth edge, used for guiding a pen or pencil in drawing lines. Cf. Rule, 7 . Parallel ruler. See Parallel. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ruler

rule the school
rule with an iron fist
ruled on
ruler (current term)
rules against perpetuities
rules are made to be broken
rules lawyer
rules lawyers
rules of order
rules of the road
rules of thumb
rules on

Literary usage of Ruler

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"These different ways of using the word seem to be equivalent, respectively, to the words priest, subordinate ruler, viceroy, shepherd, and director. ..."

2. Projective Geometry by Oswald Veblen, John Wesley Young (1918)
"ruler•and•compass constructions. The discussion in Chap. IX, Vol. I, reduces any quadratic problem to the problem of finding the points of intersection of ..."

3. Fifty Contemporary One-act Plays by Frank Shay, Pierre Loving (1920)
"ruler. I believe sternly in justice — righteous expiation of sin — only in ... ruler. Beg pardon, forms — the position I hold to-day is the result of my ..."

4. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri by Bernard Pyne Grenfell, Arthur Surridge Hunt (1898)
"This petition we make to our ruler about the president, with good wishes to our ruler, -asking for the city's president, beneficent ruler, for the city's ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"1503, a licentious youth with none of his father's ability, proved a most incompetent ruler, and, on the French invasion of 1494, he was expelled from ..."

6. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1893)
"Experiment with a single eye and a long ruler held horizontally before ... Hold the flat side of the ruler toward the face and about a foot distant from it. ..."

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