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

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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)

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rule (current term)
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