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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
reg•u•lar /ˈrɛgyəlɚ/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- usual; normal;
according to a rule or pattern:His regular habit was to drink coffee in the morning.
- evenly arranged; balanced;
symmetrical:regular facial features.
- having the same or a fixed system, procedure, etc., for something:The verb walk in English is a regular verb because it forms its past tense as walked.
- steady and even; not changing:a regular heartbeat.
- [be + ~] having bowel movements or monthly periods according to a fixed or steady pattern.
having done so for a long time:a regular user of cocaine.
- legitimate or proper[before a noun]I suspected he wasn't a regular doctor after all.
- decent; straightforward;
nice:a regular guy.
Military[before a noun] being or belonging to the permanently organized, or standing, army of a state.
- [before a noun] absolute;
thoroughgoing:We have a regular flood here.
- a habitual customer or client, or one who has been present for a long time.
- a size of garments for persons of average height.
an athlete who plays in most of the games, usually from the start.
reg•u•lar•i•ty /ˌrɛgyəˈlærɪti/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]See -reg-.
(reg′yə lər), adj.
- usual; normal;
customary:to put something in its regular place.
- evenly or uniformly arranged; symmetrical:regular teeth.
- characterized by fixed principle, uniform procedure, etc.:regular income.
- recurring at fixed times; periodic:regular bus departures;
- rhythmical:regular breathing.
- occurring with normal frequency, as menses or bowel movements.
- having regular menses or bowel movements.
- adhering to a rule or procedure; methodical:regular habits;
to be regular in one's diet.
- observing fixed times or habits;
habitual:a regular customer.
- orderly; well-ordered:a regular life.
- conforming to some accepted rule, discipline, etc.
- carried out in accordance with an accepted principle or rule;
formally correct:a regular session of the court.
- qualified to engage in an occupation or profession; legitimate;
proper:I suspected the man wasn't a regular doctor.
- real or genuine;
decent:a regular guy.
Botany(of a flower) having the members of each of its floral circles or whorls alike in form and size.
Grammar[Gram.]conforming to the most prevalent pattern of formation, inflection, construction, etc.
- absolute; thoroughgoing:a regular rascal.
- governed by one law throughout.
- (of a polygon) having all sides and angles equal.
- (of a polyhedron) having all faces congruent regular polygons, and all solid angles congruent.
- (of a topological space) having the property that, corresponding to each point and a closed set not containing the point, there are two disjoint open sets, one containing the point, the other containing the closed set.
Military[Mil.]noting or belonging to the permanently organized, or standing, army of a state.
Law[Internat. Law.]noting soldiers recognized as legitimate combatants in warfare.
Religion[Eccles.]subject to a religious rule, or belonging to a religious or monastic order (opposed to secular):regular clergy.
Government[U.S. Politics.]of, pertaining to, or selected by the recognized agents of a political party:the regular ticket.
(of coffee) containing an average amount of milk or cream.
- (of a function of a complex variable) analytic (def. 5a).
- a long-standing or habitual customer or client:The restaurant can always find tables for its regulars.
- Religion[Eccles.]a member of a duly constituted religious order under a rule.
- [Mil.]a professional soldier.
- Government[U.S. Politics.]a party member who faithfully stands by his or her party.
- Clothinga size of garment designed for men of average build.
- Clothinga garment, as a suit or overcoat, in this size.
- an athlete who plays in most of the games, usually from the start.
(reg′yə lar′i tē),
- Late Latin rēgulāris. See regula, -ar1
- Middle French
- Middle English reguler (adjective, adjectival) 1350–1400
2 . even, formal, orderly, uniform. 4 . habitual, established, fixed. 8 . systematic.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
regular /ˈrɛɡjʊlə/ adj
- normal, customary, or usual
- according to a uniform principle, arrangement, or order
- occurring at fixed or prearranged intervals: to make a regular call on a customer
- following a set rule or normal practice; methodical or orderly
- symmetrical in appearance or form; even: regular features
- (prenominal) organized, elected, conducted, etc, in a proper or officially prescribed manner
- (prenominal) officially qualified or recognized: he's not a regular doctor
- (prenominal) (intensifier): a regular fool
- US Canadian informal likable, dependable, or nice (esp in the phrase a regular guy)
- denoting or relating to the personnel or units of the permanent military services: a regular soldier, the regular army
- (of flowers) having any of their parts, esp petals, alike in size, shape, arrangement, etc; symmetrical
- (of the formation, inflections, etc, of a word) following the usual pattern of formation in a language
- (of a polygon) equilateral and equiangular
- (of a polyhedron) having identical regular polygons as faces that make identical angles with each other
- (of a prism) having regular polygons as bases
- (of a pyramid) having a regular polygon as a base and the altitude passing through the centre of the base
- another word for actinomorphic
- (postpositive) subject to the rule of an established religious order or community: canons regular
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French reguler, from Latin rēgulāris of a bar of wood or metal, from rēgula ruler, modelˌreguˈlarity n ˈregularly adv
- a professional long-term serviceman or -woman in a military unit
- informal a person who does something regularly, such as attending a theatre or patronizing a shop
- a member of a religious order or congregation, as contrasted with a secular