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    rule - Dictionary definition and meaning for word rule

    Definition
    (noun) a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
    Synonyms : regulation
    Example Sentence
    • it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast
    • short haircuts were the regulation
    Definition
    (noun) something regarded as a normative example
    Synonyms : convention , formula , normal , pattern
    Example Sentence
    • the convention of not naming the main character
    • violence is the rule not the exception
    • his formula for impressing visitors
    Definition
    (noun) prescribed guide for conduct or action
    Synonyms : prescript
    Definition
    (noun) (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
    Synonyms : linguistic rule
    Definition
    (noun) a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct
    Synonyms : principle
    Example Sentence
    • their principles of composition characterized all their works
    Definition
    (noun) the duration of a monarch's or government's power
    Example Sentence
    • during the rule of Elizabeth
    Definition
    (noun) dominance or power through legal authority
    Synonyms : dominion
    Example Sentence
    • France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa
    • the rule of Caesar
    Definition
    (noun) directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
    Example Sentence
    • he knew the rules of chess
    Definition
    (noun) any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order
    Example Sentence
    • the rule of St. Dominic
    Definition
    (noun) a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system
    Synonyms : principle
    Example Sentence
    • the principle of the conservation of mass
    • the principle of jet propulsion
    • the right-hand rule for inductive fields
    Definition
    (noun) (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems
    Synonyms : formula
    Example Sentence
    • he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs
    • he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials
    Definition
    (noun) 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
    Definition
    (verb) exercise authority over; as of nations
    Synonyms : govern
    Example Sentence
    • Who is governing the country now?
    Definition
    (verb) decide with authority
    Synonyms : decree
    Example Sentence
    • The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed
    Definition
    (verb) be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    Synonyms : dominate , predominate , prevail , reign
    Example Sentence
    • Money reigns supreme here
    • Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood
    Definition
    (verb) decide on and make a declaration about
    Synonyms : find
    Example Sentence
    • find someone guilty
    Definition
    (verb) have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac Definition
    (verb) mark or draw with a ruler
    Example Sentence
    • rule the margins
    Definition
    (verb) keep in check
    Synonyms : harness , rein
    Example Sentence
    • rule one's temper
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