|1.||[ noun ] something regarded as a normative example|
|Synonyms:||pattern convention formula normal|
"the convention of not naming the main character" "violence is the rule not the exception" "his formula for impressing visitors"
|Related terms:||practice code_of_conduct mores formularize|
|2.||[ noun ] a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior|
"it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast" "short haircuts were the regulation"
|Related terms:||concept restriction guidepost working_principle cy_pres regulate|
|3.||[ verb ] (politics) exercise authority over; as of nations|
"Who is governing the country now?"
|Related terms:||control reign dictate throne misgovern government government governor dominion|
|4.||[ noun ] prescribed guide for conduct or action|
|Related terms:||direction law regulation canon principle dictate order etiquette rubric rule_of_evidence bylaw protocol miranda_rule gigo golden_rule rule_book|
|5.||[ verb ] decide with authority|
"The King decreed that all first-born males should be killed"
|Related terms:||decide overrule rule_out preclude decree|
|6.||[ noun ] (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice|
|Related terms:||concept morphological_rule grammatical_rule linguistics|
|7.||[ noun ] a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct|
"their principles of composition characterized all their works"
|Related terms:||generalization pillar feng_shui Yin yang|
|8.||[ verb ] be larger in number, quantity, or importance|
|Synonyms:||dominate prevail predominate reign|
"Money reigns supreme here" "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
|Related terms:||preponderate redound override overarch reign preponderance|
|9.||[ verb ] decide on and make a declaration about|
"find someone guilty"
|Related terms:||pronounce find finding|
|10.||[ verb ] mark or draw with a ruler; of margins|
|11.||[ verb ] have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac|
|12.||[ noun ] directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted|
"he knew the rules of chess"
|Related terms:||direction ground_rule rule_book|
|13.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 5649|
|14.||[ noun ] (government) dominance or power through legal authority|
"France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa" "the rule of Caesar"
|Related terms:||dominance reign paramountcy suzerainty raj govern|
|15.||[ noun ] a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system|
: "the principle of the conservation of mass" "the principle of jet propulsion" "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
|Related terms:||law le_chatelier's_law principle_of_liquid_displacement huygens'_principle_of_superposition law_of_parsimony naegele's_rule mass-energy_equivalence mass-action_principle localisation gestalt_law_of_organization principle_of_equivalence principle_of_superposition Gresham's_law|
|16.||[ noun ] (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems|
"he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs" "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
|Related terms:||procedure heuristic metarule recursion algorithm mathematics|
|17.||[ verb ] keep in check|
"rule one's temper"
|Related terms:||restrict rein|
|18.||[ noun ] the duration of a monarch's or government's power|
"during the rule of Elizabeth"
|Related terms:||duration Regency regency govern|
|19.||[ noun ] a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order|
"the rule of St. Dominic"
|20.||[ 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|
|Related terms:||measure foot_rule meterstick yardstick carpenter's_rule|