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  Definition of Rule
  1. 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. 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. a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"
  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"
  5. 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. 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. any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; "the rule of St. Dominic"
  8. prescribed guide for conduct or action
  9. directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess"
  10. (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
  11. dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
  12. the duration of a monarch''s or government''s power; "during the rule of Elizabeth"
  13. keep in check; "rule one''s temper"
  14. decide with authority; "The King decreed that all first-born males should be killed"
  15. decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
  16. mark or draw with a ruler; "rule the margins"
  17. exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
  18. be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
  19. have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac
Similar Words: ruler, convention, normal, pattern, formula, regulation, principle, prescript, linguistic rule, dominion, harness, rein, decree, find, govern, predominate, dominate, reign, prevail


See Also: preclude, rule out, close out


Hyponyms: carpenter's rule, foot rule, meterstick, metrestick, yardstick, yard measure, mores, code of conduct, code of behavior, restriction, limitation, guidepost, guideline, rule of thumb, cy pres, rule of cy pres, cy pres doctrine, working principle, working rule, metarule, algorithm, algorithmic rule, algorithmic program, heuristic, heuristic rule, heuristic program, recursion, Gestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organization, Le Chatelier's principle, Le Chatelier's law, Le Chatelier principle, Le Chatelier-Braun principle, Gresham's Law, mass-energy equivalence, Naegele's rule, Occam's Razor, Ockham's Razor, principle of parsimony, law of parsimony, principle of equivalence, principle of liquid displacement, principle of superposition, Huygens' principle of superposition, superposition principle, superposition, mass-action principle, mass action, localization of function, localisation of function, localization principle, localisation principle, localization, localisation, pillar, yang, yin, feng shui, bylaw, bye law, rubric, order, rules of order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure, rule of evidence, Miranda rule, principle, precept, golden rule, GIGO, dictate, regulation, ordinance, canon, etiquette, protocol, communications protocol, ground rule, grammatical rule, rule of grammar, morphological rule, rule of morphology, paramountcy, raj, reign, sovereignty, suzerainty, Regency, regency, overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverse, rule out, rule in, throne, misgovern, redound, overarch, preponderate, outweigh, overbalance, outbalance


Grouped Verbs: find, feel


Part Meronyms: book, rule book


Derivational Morphology: formularize, formularise, regulate, regularize, regularise, order, govern, formulate, decree, dominate, rein, edict, fiat, rescript, prescript, ruler, swayer, finding, opinion, ruling, dominion, government, authorities, regime, governor, governing, governance, government activity, preponderance, prevalence, reign, predominance, predomination


Anagrams: lure


Language Translations:
Catalan: manar and norma   Chinese: 規則 and  
Croatian: pravilo   Dutch: regel and regeren  
Esperanto: regi   Finnish: hallita and sääntö  
French: règle   German: Regel and regieren  
Greek: κυβερνώ   Hungarian: szabály  
Italian: regola   Japanese: 規則  
Korean: 규칙   Latin: imperare  
Malayalam: നിയമം and ഭരിയ്ക്കുക   Polish: rządzić  
Portuguese: regra and reinar   Romanian: regulă  
Russian: правило   Spanish: mandar and regla  
Swedish: regel and styra   Telugu: నియమం and పాలించు  
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