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rule /rul/USA pronunciation
n., v., ruled, rul•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- a principle guiding how one behaves, the way things are done, etc.[countable]a rule in hockey saying to eject anyone fighting.
- the customary occurrence, practice, etc.; the normal way something is done[countable]Her being late is the rule rather than the exception.
amount of time ruling[uncountable]in the days of foreign rule.
- [countable] the code of regulations observed by a religious congregation.
- Weights and Measuresruler (def. 2).
- to use power, authority, or influence over: [~ + object]to rule a kingdom.[no object]to rule for only a decade.
- to decide in a court of law or by some authority; decree: [no object]How will the court rule?[~ + on + object]The court will rule on the matter at its next session.[~ + (that) clause]The court ruled that she could not keep her baby.
- to mark with lines, esp. parallel straight lines, with the aid of a ruler[~ + object]to rule paper.
- [~ + object] to be superior in (a group), so as to hold influence over.
- to influence or control[~ + object]sometimes ruled by passion and not by logic.
- rule out, to eliminate from thinking about; to decide to ignore: [~ + out + object]We can rule out the possibility of an overnight improvement in the economy.[~ + object + out]We can't rule it out completely.
- Idiomsas a rule, generally; usually:He's there by 7:30 as a rule.
rule (ro̅o̅l), WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
n., v., ruled, rul•ing.
- a principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement, etc.:the rules of chess.
- the code of regulations observed by a religious order or congregation:the Franciscan rule.
- the customary or normal circumstance, occurrence, manner, practice, quality, etc.:the rule rather than the exception.
- control, government, or dominion:under the rule of a dictator.
- tenure or conduct of reign or office:during the rule of George III.
- a prescribed mathematical method for performing a calculation or solving a problem.
- Weights and Measuresruler (def. 2).
- Astronomy(cap.)[Astron.]the constellation Norma.
- Printing[Print.]a thin, type-high strip of metal, for printing a solid or decorative line or lines.
- a formal order or direction made by a court, as for governing the procedure of the court(general rule)or for sending the case before a referee(special rule).
- a court order in a particular case.
- a fixed area in the neighborhood of certain prisons within which certain prisoners were allowed to live.
- the freedom of such an area.
- as a rule, generally; usually:He arrives at eleven o'clock, as a rule.
- to control or direct;
exercise dominating power, authority, or influence over;
govern:to rule the empire with severity.
- to decide or declare judicially or authoritatively; decree:The judge ruled that he should be exiled.
- to mark with lines, esp. parallel straight lines, with the aid of a ruler or the like:to rule paper.
- to mark out or form (a line) by this method:to rule lines on paper.
- to be superior or preeminent in (a specific field or group); dominate by superiority;
hold sway over:For centuries, England ruled the seas.
- to exercise dominating power or influence;
- to exercise authority, dominion, or sovereignty.
- to make a formal decision or ruling, as on a point at law.
- to be prevalent or current:Higher prices ruled throughout France.
- to prove to be unrelated or not for consideration; eliminate;
exclude:to rule out the possibility of error.
- to make impossible or impracticable:The rainstorm ruled out the holiday camping.
- rule the roost. See roost (def. 4).
1 . standard, law, ruling, guide, precept, order. See principle. 4 . command, domination, mastery, sway, authority, direction. 14 . Rule, administer, command, govern, manage mean to exercise authoritative guidance or direction. Rule implies the exercise of authority as by a sovereign:to rule a kingdom.Administer places emphasis on the planned and orderly procedures used:to administer the finances of an institution.Command suggests military authority and the power to exact obedience; to be in command of:to command a ship.To govern is authoritatively to guide or direct persons or things, esp. in the affairs of a large administrative unit:to govern a state.To manage is to conduct affairs, i.e., to guide them in a unified way toward a definite goal, or to direct or control people, often by tact, address, or artifice:to manage a business. 15 . order, judge.
- Late Latin rēgulāre, derivative of rēgula
- Old French riuler, rieuler, ruler
- Latin rēgula straight stick, pattern (see regula); (verb, verbal) Middle English riwlen, reulen, rewellen
- Old French riule
- (noun, nominal) Middle English riule, reule 1175–1225
rul•er /ˈrulɚ/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- one who rules or governs, as a king, queen, president, etc.
- Weights and MeasuresAlso,rule. a strip of wood or other material that has a straight edge and is marked off in inches or centimeters, used for drawing lines and measuring.
- a person who rules or governs;
- Weights and MeasuresAlso,rule. a strip of wood, metal, or other material having a straight edge and usually marked off in inches or centimeters, used for drawing lines, measuring, etc.
- a person or thing that rules paper, wood, etc.
- Astrology[Astrol.]the planet primarily associated with any sign of the zodiac or any house of the horoscope:The ruler of Aries is Mars. The ruler of Taurus is Venus.
see rule, -er1
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
rule /ruːl/ n
- an authoritative regulation or direction concerning method or procedure, as for a court of law, legislative body, game, or other human institution or activity: judges' rules, play according to the rules
- the exercise of governmental authority or control: the rule of Caesar
- the period of time in which a monarch or government has power: his rule lasted 100 days
- a customary form or procedure; regular course of action: he made a morning swim his rule
- the rule ⇒ the common order of things; normal condition: violence was the rule rather than the exception
- a prescribed method or procedure for solving a mathematical problem, or one constituting part of a computer program, usually expressed in an appropriate formalism
- any of various devices with a straight edge for guiding or measuring; ruler: a carpenter's rule
- a printed or drawn character in the form of a long thin line
- another name for dash1: en rule, em rule
- a strip of brass or other metal used to print such a line
- a systematic body of prescriptions defining the way of life to be followed by members of a religious order
- an order by a court or judge
- as a rule ⇒ normally or ordinarily
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French riule, from Latin rēgula a straight edge; see regulateˈrulable adj
- to exercise governing or controlling authority over (a people, political unit, individual, etc)
- (when tr, often takes a clause as object) to decide authoritatively; decree: the chairman ruled against the proposal
- (transitive) to mark with straight parallel lines or make one straight line, as with a ruler
- (transitive) to restrain or control
- (intransitive) to be customary or prevalent: chaos rules in this school
- (intransitive) to be pre-eminent or superior: football rules in the field of sport
- rule the roost, rule the roast ⇒ to be pre-eminent; be in charge
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