Definitions of RULE in various dictionaries:
a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
something regarded as a normative example
prescribed guide for conduct or action
(linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct
the duration of a monarch's or government's power
dominance or power through legal authority
directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order
a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system
(mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems
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
exercise authority over
decide with authority
be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
decide on and make a declaration about
have an affinity with
mark or draw with a ruler
keep in check
Governing power or its possession or use; authority.
The duration of such power.
An authoritative, prescribed direction for conduct, especially one of the regulations governing procedure in a legislative body or a regulation observed by the players in a game, sport, or contest.
The body of regulations prescribed by the founder of a religious order for governing the conduct of its members.
A usual, customary, or generalized course of action or behavior: “The rule of life in the defense bar ordinarily is to go along and get along” (Scott Turow).
A generalized statement that describes what is true in most or all cases: In this office, hard work is the rule, not the exception.
A standard method or procedure for solving a class of problems.
A court order limited in application to a specific case.
A subordinate regulation governing a particular matter.
See ruler (n.
A thin metal strip of various widths and designs, used to print borders or lines, as between columns.
To exercise control, dominion, or direction over; govern.
To dominate by powerful influence.
To decide or declare authoritatively or judicially; decree.
To mark with straight parallel lines.
To mark (a straight line), as with a ruler.
To be in total control or command; exercise supreme authority.
To formulate and issue a decree or decision.
To prevail at a particular level or rate: Prices ruled low.
To prevent; preclude: The snowstorm ruled out their weekly meeting.
To remove from consideration; exclude: The option of starting over has been ruled out.
adj - to exercise control over [v RULED, RULING, RULES] : RULABLE