- A principle or condition that customarily governs behavior.
- usage: "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"
- synonyms: regulation
- Something regarded as a normative example.
- usage: "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
- Prescribed guide for conduct or action.
- synonyms: prescript
- Linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice.
- synonyms: linguistic rule
- A basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct.
- usage: "their principles of composition characterized all their works"
- synonyms: principle
- The duration of a monarch's or government's power.
- usage: "during the rule of Elizabeth"
- Dominance or power through legal authority.
- usage: "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
- synonyms: dominion
- Directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted.
- usage: "he knew the rules of chess"
- Any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order.
- usage: "the rule of St. Dominic"
- A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system.
- usage: "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
- synonyms: principle
- Mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems. (
- usage: "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
- synonyms: formula
- 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.
- synonyms: ruler
- Exercise authority over; as of nations.
- usage: "Who is governing the country now"
- synonyms: govern
- Decide with authority.
- usage: "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
- synonyms: decree
- Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance.
- usage: "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
- Decide on and make a declaration about.
- usage: "find someone guilty"
- synonyms: find
- Have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac.
- Mark or draw with a ruler.
- usage: "rule the margins"
- Keep in check.
- usage: "rule one's temper"
WordNet 3.0 © 2006 by Princeton University
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