rule meaning

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rule verb
1. (decide) decide with authority
Related: decree
  • "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
2. (pronounce) decide on and make a declaration about
Related: find
  • "find someone guilty"
3. (attach_to) have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac
4. (draw) mark or draw with a ruler
  • "rule the margins"
5. (restrain) keep in check
Related: harness, rein
  • "rule one's temper"
rule noun
1. (concept) a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
Related: regulation
  • "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"
  • "short haircuts were the regulation"
2. (direction) prescribed guide for conduct or action
Related: prescript
3. (concept) (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
Related: linguistic_rule
4. (duration) the duration of a monarch's or government's power
  • "during the rule of Elizabeth"
5. (direction) directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
  • "he knew the rules of chess"
6. (direction) any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order
  • "the rule of St. Dominic"
7. (procedure) (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems
Related: formula
  • "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"
  • "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
8. (measuring_stick) 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
Related: ruler
principle noun
1. (generalization) a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct
Related: rule
  • "their principles of composition characterized all their works"
2. (law) a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system
Related: rule
  • "the principle of the conservation of mass"
  • "the principle of jet propulsion"
  • "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
convention noun
1. (practice) something regarded as a normative example
Related: normal, pattern, rule, formula
  • "the convention of not naming the main character"
  • "violence is the rule not the exception"
  • "his formula for impressing visitors"
dominion noun
1. (dominance) dominance or power through legal authority
Related: rule
  • "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"
  • "the rule of Caesar"
govern verb
1. (control) exercise authority over; as of nations
Related: rule
  • "Who is governing the country now?"
predominate verb
1. be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
Related: dominate, rule, reign, prevail
  • "Money reigns supreme here"
  • "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
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