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rule

noun (n)

  • a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: regulation
    Example:
    It was his rule to take a walk before breakfast.
    source: wordnet30
  • something regarded as a normative example (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    Violence is the rule not the exception.
    source: wordnet30
  • prescribed guide for conduct or action (noun.communication)
    Synonym: prescript
    source: wordnet30
  • (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice (noun.communication)
    Synonym: linguistic rule
    source: wordnet30
  • a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: principle
    source: wordnet30
  • the duration of a monarch's or government's power (noun.time)
    Example:
    During the rule of Elizabeth.
    source: wordnet30
  • dominance or power through legal authority (noun.state)
    Synonym: dominion
    Example:
    The rule of Caesar.
    source: wordnet30
  • directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted (noun.communication)
    Example:
    He knew the rules of chess.
    source: wordnet30
  • any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order (noun.communication)
    Example:
    The rule of St. Dominic.
    source: wordnet30
  • a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    The right-hand rule for inductive fields.
    source: wordnet30
  • (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: formula
    Example:
    He determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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 (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: ruler
    source: wordnet30
  • That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for conduct or action; a governing direction for a specific purpose; an authoritative enactment; a regulation; a prescription; a precept; as, the rules of various societies; the rules governing a school; a rule of etiquette or propriety; the rules of cricket. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • exercise authority over; as of nations (verb.social)
    Synonym: govern
    source: wordnet30
  • decide with authority (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: decree
    source: wordnet30
  • be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance (verb.stative)
    source: wordnet30
  • decide on and make a declaration about (verb.communication)
    Synonym: find
    source: wordnet30
  • have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac (verb.stative)
    source: wordnet30
  • mark or draw with a ruler (verb.creation)
    Example:
    Rule the margins.
    source: wordnet30
  • keep in check (verb.change)
    Synonym: harness, rein
    Example:
    Rule one's temper.
    source: wordnet30
  • To control the will and actions of; to exercise authority or dominion over; to govern; to manage. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To have power or command; to exercise supreme authority; -- often followed by over. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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