Definitions for rule

Definitions for (noun) rule

Main entry: rule, ruler

Definition: 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

Main entry: convention, formula, pattern, normal, rule

Definition: something regarded as a normative example

Usage: the convention of not naming the main character; violence is the rule not the exception; his formula for impressing visitors

Main entry: rule, regulation

Definition: a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior

Usage: it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast; short haircuts were the regulation

Main entry: formula, rule

Definition: (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems

Usage: he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs; he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials

Main entry: principle, rule

Definition: a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system

Usage: the principle of the conservation of mass; the principle of jet propulsion; the right-hand rule for inductive fields

Main entry: principle, rule

Definition: a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct

Usage: their principles of composition characterized all their works

Main entry: rule

Definition: any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order

Usage: the rule of St. Dominic

Main entry: rule, prescript

Definition: prescribed guide for conduct or action

Main entry: rule

Definition: directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted

Usage: he knew the rules of chess

Main entry: linguistic rule, rule

Definition: (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice

Main entry: dominion, rule

Definition: dominance or power through legal authority

Usage: France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa; the rule of Caesar

Main entry: rule

Definition: the duration of a monarch's or government's power

Usage: during the rule of Elizabeth

Definitions for (verb) rule

Main entry: rein, harness, rule

Definition: keep in check

Usage: rule one's temper

Main entry: decree, rule

Definition: decide with authority

Usage: The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed

Main entry: find, rule

Definition: decide on and make a declaration about

Usage: find someone guilty

Main entry: rule

Definition: mark or draw with a ruler

Usage: rule the margins

Main entry: govern, rule

Definition: exercise authority over; as of nations

Usage: Who is governing the country now?

Main entry: predominate, prevail, reign, dominate, rule

Definition: be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

Usage: Money reigns supreme here; Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood

Main entry: rule

Definition: have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac

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