rule [ro͞ol]
[ME reule < OFr rieule < L regula, ruler, straightedge < regere, to lead straight, rule: see RIGHT]
a) an authoritative regulation for action, conduct, method, procedure, arrangement, etc. [the rules of the school]
b) an established practice that serves as a guide to usage [the rules of grammar]
2. a complete set or code of regulations in a religious order [the Benedictine rule]
3. a fixed principle that determines conduct; habit; custom [to make it a rule never to hurry]
4. something that usually or normally happens or obtains; customary course of events [famine is the rule following war]
a) government; reign; control
b) the period of reigning of a particular ruler or government
6. a ruler or straightedge
7. Obs. way of acting; behavior
8. Law
a) a regulation or guide established by a court governing court practice and procedure
b) a declaration, order, etc. made by a judge or court in deciding a specific question or point of law
c) a legal principle or maxim
9. Math. a method or procedure prescribed for computing or solving a problem
10. Printing
a) a thin strip of metal, the height of type, used to print straight or decorative lines, borders, etc.
b) a line so printed
ruled, ruling
1. to have an influence over; guide [to be ruled by one's friends]
2. to lessen; restrain [reason ruled his fear]
3. to have authority over; govern; direct [to rule a country]
4. to be the most important element of; dominate [action rules the plot]
5. to settle by decree; determine [the court ruled the validity of the point]
a) to mark lines on with or as with a ruler
b) to mark (a line) thus
1. to have supreme authority; govern
2. to be at a specified rate or level; prevail: said of prices, commodities, etc.
3. to issue a formal decree about a question
as a rule
usually; ordinarily
rule out
1. to exclude, as by decision
2. to prevent; make impossible

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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