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 rule rule

noun

  • ( ) something regarded as a normative example  ( convention, formula, normal, pattern, rule )
    something regarded as a normative example
     the convention of not naming the main character
    the convention of not naming the main character
     violence is the rule not the exception
    violence is the rule not the exception
     his formula for impressing visitors
    his formula for impressing visitors
  • ( ) a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior  ( regulation, rule )
    a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
     it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast
    it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast
     short haircuts were the regulation
    short haircuts were the regulation
  • ( ) prescribed guide for conduct or action  ( prescript, rule )
    prescribed guide for conduct or action
  • ( ) (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice  ( linguistic rule, rule )
    (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
  • ( ) a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct  ( principle, rule )
    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
    their principles of composition characterized all their works
  • 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  ( rule, ruler )
    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
  • (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems  ( formula, rule )
    (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems
     he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs
    he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs
     he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials
    he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials
  • a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system  ( principle, rule )
    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 the conservation of mass
     the principle of jet propulsion
    the principle of jet propulsion
     the right-hand rule for inductive fields
    the right-hand rule for inductive fields
  • any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order  ( rule )
    any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order
     the rule of St. Dominic
    the rule of St. Dominic
  • directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted  ( rule )
    directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
     he knew the rules of chess
    he knew the rules of chess
  • dominance or power through legal authority  ( dominion, rule )
    dominance or power through legal authority
     France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa
    France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa
     the rule of Caesar
    the rule of Caesar
  • the duration of a monarch's or government's power  ( rule )
    the duration of a monarch's or government's power
     during the rule of Elizabeth
    during the rule of Elizabeth
  • verb

  • ( ) exercise authority over; as of nations  ( govern, rule )
    exercise authority over; as of nations
     Who is governing the country now?
    Who is governing the country now?
  • ( ) decide with authority  ( decree, rule )
    decide with authority
     The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed
    The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed
  • ( ) be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance  ( dominate, predominate, prevail, reign, rule )
    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
     Money reigns supreme here
    Money reigns supreme here
     Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood
    Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood
  • ( ) decide on and make a declaration about  ( find, rule )
    decide on and make a declaration about
     find someone guilty
    find someone guilty
  • keep in check  ( harness, rein, rule )
    keep in check
     rule one's temper
    rule one's temper
  • mark or draw with a ruler  ( rule )
    mark or draw with a ruler
     rule the margins
    rule the margins
  • have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac  ( rule )
    have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac


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